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Guts311
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Jul 10, 2009 18:15 |  #1

Hey all! I'm am newer here and was looking for some general opinions of my Flickr photostream. There aren't many photos, and I am only looking for feedback on the first 2 and a quarter pages (where my XSi and 50D shots are), but I think some are pretty good for an amateur like myself (or maybe not! You tell me!).

As you can see, only the first 3 photos on page one are from my 50D, and the majority after that are from the XSi (due to the fact that I just got my 50D this week!! Love it!)
I shoot RAW(+JPEG) and most of my converting/editing is done in Lightroom 2 and DPP btw.

Here's my page: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/guts311 (external link)

Thanks for any critiques! Love this forum!




  
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Jul 10, 2009 21:30 |  #2

#1 is badly in need of a crop to get rid of that upper 1/4 of the picture.
The #2 shot is washed out - either overexposed or just rendered too bright here.
#3 has no one doing anything.
#4 has the two ladies doing slapstick - but why the screen?
Perhaps you could take the two ladies to the playground and get something combining their talent with the otherwise static scene?:rolleyes:
#5 is surely a throw-away.


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Jul 10, 2009 21:45 |  #3

I think the second page is the strongest, but I also like the castle from one of the next pages.


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Jul 10, 2009 23:34 |  #4

Robert_Lay wrote in post #8260200 (external link)
#1 is badly in need of a crop to get rid of that upper 1/4 of the picture.
The #2 shot is washed out - either overexposed or just rendered too bright here.
#3 has no one doing anything.
#4 has the two ladies doing slapstick - but why the screen?
Perhaps you could take the two ladies to the playground and get something combining their talent with the otherwise static scene?:rolleyes:
#5 is surely a throw-away.

I'm aware that number 2 is a little bright (exposure was correct, it was just the sunny sky), but it's emulating how it looked in person..it's just the sky and trees that are a little washed out.

For number 4, the screen is there because they were simply behind it. It was a candid, unplanned shot while they were looking outside from in there and I told them to pose really quickly. Nothing wrong with that.

For the playground shot, I'm aware nothing is going on there, but that's not the point. There's plenty of excellent photos out there with no one in them and nothing going on..it's just a nostalgic shot of a playground.

And how is number 5 of the beautiful sky a throwaway? It was taken correctly and displays great colors after a rainstorm..since when is a photo of a sky like that throwaway?

Jeez I appreciate the criticism whether it's called for or not, but do we have to use the sarcasm eye-roll smiley too?

backup63 wrote in post #8260276 (external link)
I think the second page is the strongest, but I also like the castle from one of the next pages.

Thanks :)




  
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Jul 11, 2009 01:49 |  #5

Guts311 wrote in post #8260661 (external link)
I'm aware that number 2 is a little bright (exposure was correct, it was just the sunny sky), but it's emulating how it looked in person..it's just the sky and trees that are a little washed out.

For number 4, the screen is there because they were simply behind it. It was a candid, unplanned shot while they were looking outside from in there and I told them to pose really quickly. Nothing wrong with that.

For the playground shot, I'm aware nothing is going on there, but that's not the point. There's plenty of excellent photos out there with no one in them and nothing going on..it's just a nostalgic shot of a playground.

And how is number 5 of the beautiful sky a throwaway? It was taken correctly and displays great colors after a rainstorm..since when is a photo of a sky like that throwaway?

Jeez I appreciate the criticism whether it's called for or not, but do we have to use the sarcasm eye-roll smiley too?

Thanks :)

Don't be so defensive. And the criticism is called for - look at the name of the forum.




  
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Jul 11, 2009 10:34 as a reply to  @ ScottME's post |  #6

I didn't mean that the criticism wasn't called for, but maybe in a less harsh way? Not to sound like a baby, but again, maybe it could have been nicer-sounding without the eye-rolling? LoL..forget it. Most threads I read here, people seem nice.

I guess I should expect to hear about any little bad thing since most here are "pixel-peepers" in more than one way... it's allll good.

EDIT: And from Robert or anybody, I was wondering again why the photo of the blue and purple sky is "throw-away" (at Flickr's full size)?




  
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Jul 11, 2009 10:48 |  #7

Perhaps it's just a throw away for him. You like it, that's all that really matters.




  
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Jul 11, 2009 10:59 |  #8

Perhaps, but I just wanted to know if there was anything specifically wrong with the subject, composure, etc for the bettering of my own knowledge :)




  
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Jul 11, 2009 19:10 |  #9

ScottME wrote in post #8262473 (external link)
Perhaps it's just a throw away for him. You like it, that's all that really matters.

Enough said. You should definitely not rely on other people's opinions to judge your work, everyone's opinion is going to be different and all that really matters is if you are happy with what you took.


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Jul 11, 2009 19:42 as a reply to  @ Guts311's post |  #10

I would agree with the critique. These photos may mean something personal/sentimental you but to the casual observer there is very little of interest.

Regarding the sky, it looks rather poorly composed. The trees in the bottom right don't fit. You could perhaps crop them out but it would probably be easier to just shoot another sky and think more about your composition.


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Jul 11, 2009 23:22 as a reply to  @ aroundlsu's post |  #11

Awesome, thanks for the suggestions so far guys!




  
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