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Street shots and a train car

 
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Mar 09, 2011 01:40 |  #1

Looking for critique on just about everything. The first photo is SOOC to allow PP critique.

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Mar 09, 2011 07:20 |  #2

In no way qualified to comment on the standard of the pictures. BUT the second picture of the lad on the skateboard. All i keep seeing is the person in the backgrounds hat of the same/similar colour. Surely this could be masked to calm it down a bit




  
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Mar 09, 2011 08:10 as a reply to  @ The Littlest Hobo's post |  #3

Photo 1 - pretty cool shot that I like until you PP'ed it. I'm just guessing, but it looks like you took the "lazy" method to try to make the skateboard pop and ended up negatively affecting the entire photo. Way too much magenta/red in the PP'ed version.

Photos 2,3 - decent street shots, nothing else. Comp is OK just not real exciting subjects.
Photo 4 - good comp and interesting subject. would be nice to lighten up the shadow near the bottom a little for some additional detail.

All in all pretty good eye, keep it up!

PS - if you'd turn on "Image Editing OK" I'd show you how I'd approach the 1st pic.


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Mar 09, 2011 08:20 |  #4

I like the skateboarder but it looks like the camera had the right white balance and then you changed it.


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Mar 09, 2011 08:29 as a reply to  @ CamFan01's post |  #5

These appear to have a red/yellow cast ...

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Mar 09, 2011 08:40 |  #6

I like the 1st shot of the skaeboarder because I tend to like my WB on the cool side. I'd maybe play with the reds a bit to make it jump out a bit more (i.e. take the reds from PP image and place on the SOOC image).

I really like the train colors though.


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Mar 09, 2011 10:17 |  #7

I like all the photos. I like the 1st shot of the skateborder.


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Mar 09, 2011 10:55 |  #8

Thanks for all the comments. I love honest feedback. :)

I added a warming filter in Photoshop to the street shots on purpose in my PP. Clearly most people aren't a fan of that, I was uncertain about it myself, so I will probably redo the photos without that tonight.

I will go ahead and mask the hat in the first shot. Makes a lot of sense to remove that same color, and maybe tone down the reds just a teeny bit as well. Since I am going back to a bluer cast to the image I don't think it will need as much saturation to pop properly.

I agree about the bottom of the train pick needing to have the shadows lightened. I didn't notice it at first, but then I loaded the pic up on my phone on the way in to work today and noticed that same issue. I think it is less obvious to me on my monitor at home because it is so big. Anyway, I am glad to get the same feedback I (finally) noticed from someone else.

The train car itself is actually blue-grey in color. The yellow cast is entirely from the setting sun. It is so true that the best time to shoot is sunrise and sunset.

My biggest frustration among all these shots is the stuff poking out of the top of the train car. If I had it to do over again I would have crouched down to hide that. As it is I might try cloning it out. I am just concerned that while that might be okay for web and small prints, it will show up in big prints.

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Mar 09, 2011 12:19 |  #9

arentol wrote in post #11987726 (external link)
Thanks for all the comments. I love honest feedback. :)

I added a warming filter in Photoshop to the street shots on purpose in my PP. Clearly most people aren't a fan of that, I was uncertain about it myself, so I will probably redo the photos without that tonight.
Thanks all!

One tip I learned from Bryan Peterson was if you want a little extra warming in your photos you can use the "Cloudy" white balance option on your camera. I actually find it very useful for many different types of shots and my camera is on "Cloudy" 90% of the time.


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Mar 09, 2011 12:49 |  #10

I'd say you hit the right timing with the train car photo! A wonderful glowing sunset lit that thing up, good work. I really like the candid of the girl too. You captured her in a nice moment. Good composition, good enough lighting (a tad dark around her lower waist but nothing to worry about) and a great way to go about street photography, photographing cute girls :)

Skateboarding is really tough to shoot (i think at least) because it's quite difficult to capture them doing something that looks intentional as opposed to some kid jumping with a board under him if you know what i mean




  
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Mar 09, 2011 15:52 |  #11

Guy in the suit next to the police officer, secret service? To me it looks like he has an ear piece in. Maybe he is just a TV reporter.




  
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Mar 09, 2011 17:12 |  #12

I like the last picture of the train wagon the most. The street shots well decent don't tell a story or do much for me for being street shots. They just seem like you took pictures of random people without waiting for them to do anything interesting.


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Mar 09, 2011 19:46 |  #13

I like the #5 best. The first one, unedited is better, I think. The color cast doesn't bother me all that much, but the crop and subject matter on #s 3&4 isn't all that exciting.


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Mar 10, 2011 03:07 |  #14

titanium21 wrote in post #11989593 (external link)
Guy in the suit next to the police officer, secret service? To me it looks like he has an ear piece in. Maybe he is just a TV reporter.

He is some form of LEO, as is everyone in the picture except the guy with the bag, who is a witness. The guy with the ear piece was talking to a female officer who really didn't need to be in the photo so I cropped her out. If there were room I would have cropped him out. Preferably I would have moved forward and to my right and gotten a shot more focused on just the yelling officer but I couldn't because I would have had to walk into the street to do so.

An 18-year-old was stabbed in the neck right behind where the officer is standing about 5 minutes before I took that shot. They were literally in the middle of putting up the crime scene tape right then, which is why you see it in the reflected in the mirror. However, it was not yet up on the side the officer is facing, so he was yelling at some people who were trying to approach the area, telling them to go around. They were not listening at first which is why he looks a little pissed.

There was a crowd of reporters to my right talking to a woman who had witnessed the altercation and assault, but none in my shot.


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