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Oct 04, 2011 04:05 |  #46

^^ Brilliant work!!! ^^

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Oct 11, 2011 10:55 |  #47

Spacemunkie wrote in post #13201077 (external link)
Ah the old "You can't polish a turd" chestnut. I beg to differ :D

I put a lot of thought and planning into this shot:

The thought and planning was all to do with how I'd turn it into this:
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Tangimoana Beach (external link) by Scott.Symonds (external link), on Flickr

This one on the other hand, was quickly snapped in the hammering rain. Didn't have time to reshoot and wrote it off...

Until I had a play with it in Photoshop that is...
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They both print to A2 and look just fine :)

that's some nice turd polishing:)

The best camera is the one you've got (but it's nice to have bells and whistles to play with)

The best pictures are the ones you pre-plan and are pretty much 'right' straight out of the camera (until they're not).

The one cliche that holds the best though is that it's the photog who really makes the difference. I've seen some awesome shots in here with 'cheap' bodies and nifty-fifties. I've read a number of articles in Outdoor Photography where Dewitt Jones goes on about his small cameras. I have seen (and often posted) photographs taken with some nice gear that were .....mehhh, ok. In your two examples, your software took what your camera gave you, but to keep with my train of thought, it was YOU that had the creative vision to make those two very nice photographs.

We always want better gear, but that gear doesn't make us a better photographer. I have an SB900 flash and my shots don't look anything like Joe McNally's. As you get better in your photography, you will of course be doing more pre-planning, and working toward straight out of the camera masterpieces, but it's the eye you're training in that process that is the real gift, because that eye will allow you to look at what might be 'turds', and help you understand how to polish them!

Thanks for serving up something for me to ramble about.

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