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Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
 

Would someone please comment on my photos?


Please, someone comment on my photos. I'm getting paranoid. Do I suck that bad?????

piper


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11/24/2001 7:56:18 PM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  hi Piper, I can't see the pictures from here but Stone cold is pleasing to the eye.It is nicely composed and exposed,anotherwards, ITS a real good photo. The picture with the birdhouse is a bit busy. The colors are nice and it looks exposed properly but it is busy with all of the branches and shadows on the house. It is fine though. TRY cropping it little bit. It may give it a different look.


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11/26/2001 11:23:11 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  one other suggestion with the birdhouse shot would be to shoot this frame wide open while you are focusing on the birdhouse.


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11/26/2001 11:26:16 AM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Thank you, Donna. This is exactly the kind of help I'm looking for. :)


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11/26/2001 11:36:08 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  your welcome Piper


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11/26/2001 11:43:55 AM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  I didn't mean to sound so pathetic! Thanks for humoring my "request"
:)


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11/26/2001 11:51:30 AM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  Piper, check out the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. You will thank him from the bottom of your heart and me for the suggestion again. Please pick it up at the library. This book simplifies the most confusing things about photography in a very logical way.


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11/26/2001 12:01:03 PM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  I have this one already! Do you feel my pain yet? Actually, I agree that Peterson's book is great, but I have found Peter Laytin's "Creative Camera Control" to be much more my speed--"slow but determined." Laytin takes what most authors/photographers assume the prudent beginner should already know and breaks it down for the impotent idiot! (that would be me). I also have Lee Frost's book, "The A-Z of Creative Photography" and like it too. I doubt you can name one book I haven't already devoured. I know what I need to do--put the books up and get out there and practice! Thanks for all your support and ideas. I'm looking at that nighttime Web site you mentioned. It's great. Thanks!
:)


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11/26/2001 12:17:15 PM

 
Donna R. Moratelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/23/2000
  Don't be down. We all have gone through what is happening with you. We just don't all admit it. With your determination things will work out. They did for me. I am like you and I never let anything get in the way of doing what I love the most. all that I had for help though was books at that point until I dicovered the camera clubs and now betterphoto.com. Betterphoto is like a giant worldwide camera club. so cool huh, I love it!!!!!!!


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11/26/2001 12:56:56 PM

 
Hermann  Graf   I find that "stone cold" is excellent but "treehouse" isn't. With "treehouse", the viewer is uncertain about what was the intention of the photog: the treehouse or the autumns leaves (both are equally "balanced")? It should be recomposed, and emphasis should be clearly laid on the object of interest. Perhaps there is a way to "structurize" the branches.


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11/27/2001 5:04:56 AM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  Okay, Hermann, you don't have to be THAT honest! :)

No, really. Thanks for the critique, though I don't know why everyone has singled out "treehouse" and "stone cold," but since they did....do you have any advice on improving "stone cold?" I like it, but there's something about it that bothers me. What do you think?

pcl :)


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11/27/2001 8:37:42 AM

 
Hermann  Graf   Sorry if my criticism was too harsh. With "stone cold", one could perhaps 1) improve the ratio between object and background according to the rule of thirds, 2) search for another color of the background (e.g., by means of wallpaper; it should be unicolored, in order not to weaken the pattern of the statue), 3) varying the angle of the incident light vs. the statue, thus making the structures more distinct.


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11/27/2001 9:10:05 AM

 
Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  NO! Not at all. I was being sarcastic. (my specialty). Please don't hold back! I have enough to think about without having to analyze other people's motives. Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.
Thanks for coming back to comment on Stone Cold. I knew those things--just didn't know how to verbalize what I was thinking. Thanks!
:)


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11/27/2001 9:22:57 AM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  Stone Cold looks good. If you have a chance to shoot it again, try including the tip of the nose or cropping more of the the nose out of the image. I'm presuming the eyes and eyebrows (and their shapes) are the central theme/subject based on the perspective you chose.

I agree with Herman that the birdhouse appears to have competing subject material; the birdhouse and the leaves. That said, the birdhouse's placement (rule of thirds) leads me to believe you wanted it as the principle subject. The main problem with it is the shadowing from the leaves on its face which reduces its prominence in the image. As a white object in colored leaves against a blue sky, it would be naturally prominent without the shadows.

Two suggestions to add fill and highlight an object under these conditions: fill flash and using a reflector (card, white sheet, perhaps a flexible mirror or the shiny side of a space blanket). The fill lighting would have to be subtle; just enough to get rid of most of the shadowing without highlighting the surrounding branches/leaves very much. Either method using flash or a reflector would be tricky; I would lean toward using a reflector as it is easier to control (you can see what it looks like).

-- John


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11/27/2001 10:45:47 PM

 
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