* Wed C&C No Theme Thread #313 14 04 30 *

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19andrew47
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* Wed C&C No Theme Thread #313 14 04 30 *

Welcome to the Wednesday Comments and Critique (No Theme) thread!

We are continuing the great tradition of this C&C thread because we are convinced that looking at and talking about images is vital for better photography.

The idea is simple: you post an image and get critique on it, and in return give other people your opinion of their images, or vice versa.

Generally, you should post only one single image for C&C. As an exception, you may post two pictures resulting from one shutter release but with different treatment (for example a color and a black & white version, or a different crop) for us to choose from and comment on.

TWO RULES:

1.If you post an image, you should critique at least one other image.

2.Keep your comments honest but polite. If you don’t care for an image try to explain why. This is neither a “Good shot!” nor an image-bashing thread.

Any style, any camera. It is a peer-to-peer photography workshop!

Feedback is guaranteed (for up to 48 h after the thread has started)! Though keep in mind that the thread tends to be busiest during the first 24 hours or so, so later image posts may get little feedback.

HOW TO PLAY:

1.Turn on "Threaded view" and reply to this post with a web-sized image. Change the title so we can sort different images out easily!

2.Get back to this thread in a minute, an hour or a day or so, and…

3.…still in threaded view, look at one or more pictures of your choice, click reply and critique it.

4.Remember to add the EXIF if your image doesn't embed it as this may help

5.Image posters: please consider telling us what your own opinion on your image is. What prompted you to click that shutter button? What did you see? Why do you like the result? You don't have to explain, but it might be interesting.

6.You are very welcome to post a group reply to the feedback you have received. This could include a new version of your image modified in response to the comments.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, WELCOME! AND BE SURE TO READ THIS:

•The critique you give (point 3 from the above list) is vital. What was your first impression? What catches your eye about an image? Why? What do you like, and what distracts you? What would you change?

•Fiddle with the image in your head - composition, perspective, color balance, exposure.

  • It is understood that unless the original poster specifically states that they do not want an altered image posted that you are free to alter the posted image and repost it in a reply for C&C purposes. That reposted image may remain permanently or you may remove it after a short period of time if you prefer.

•More general feedback is also welcome. Do you know something about taking the same sort of image that would make matters easier - share your own as an example in your reply. Encourage - it is a scary business putting your work up for other people to judge!

•Finally what is the verdict? Waste-bin? Snapshot? Could be better? Family Album? Frame on wall? Poster-size frame on wall? Billboard? Reuters? World Press Photo? National Geographic? Museum? (pick your own superlative here)

One of the first replies is “The Related Post”. This is the place to post your general musings about the C&C Thread.

Another of the first replies includes a link to all previous threads. This is called "Archives".

Andrew (19andrew47)

19andrew47
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* The Related Post *

This is a placeholder for anything related to the C&C threads. And we do mean anything: feel free to start a discussion about the threads, or how you felt when your image was trashed by some mean know-it-all (probably not in this thread, though), or how it feels trying to say something polite about a cr @ ppy image posted for review (tough one).

This is also the place to make arrangements and share ideas for keeping this thread alive and kicking.

The C&C participants will be more than happy to consider all input.

Andrew

19andrew47
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* Archives *
19andrew47
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Sinister Smile?

Taken at the local fall fair in 2012, processed a couple of days ago.  The intricate detail in the structural work is not all that visible until 100% view.  Heavily processed to achieve the effect below.

Andrew

12 - 50 mm

Scott Whittemore
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Re: Sinister Smile?

"Coming to a theater near you, Steven King's 'The Ferris Wheel.' You'll never get on a carnival ride again."

I like the reds & pinks against the black background and the wispy clouds. Very sinister, indeed. Well done.

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Scott Whittemore
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The Big Picture

From last summer, using the m.ZD 12-50 as a macro lens. E-M5, m.ZD 12-50.

The Big Picture (E-M5, m.ZD 12-50)

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One of my favorites from last year.

Taken last year. I like both the composition and the color. Taken with the E-30 and 70-300 lens.

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savonie
savonie Senior Member • Posts: 1,070
Re: Sinister Smile?

Andrew-

I am not a fan of overprocessing but in this case it really works - That is terrific and has a real eerie look to it - You aced it!

Monty

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savonie
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Re: The Big Picture

Outstanding detail and lighting-

Monty

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savonie
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St Leo's Hall Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC-

Just back from our yearly trek to Gastonia NC - Grabbed this from the car while waiting for the light to change - This is in Belmont NC a very pretty town-

Monty

Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC

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Zindanfel
Zindanfel Veteran Member • Posts: 8,453
Ready for Fall

Displayed against the outside wall of a local second-hand shop.

Shot with Canon FD85 f/1.8 on my Sony NEX-6, so equivalent to 127mm given the 1.5 multiplier for APS-C sensor. I had to stand well back. The Sony doesn't have in-body stabilization, so I used a fast shutter. The "legacy" FD lens on its mount adapter must be manually focused, but focus-peaking works fine.  Open shade, no flash of course.

The items' price tags were virtually illegible due to sun-bleaching.

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Zin

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Re: Sinister Smile?

Hi mate last ride before the end of the world

I like the processing and it small happy face at the centre of the wheel has new meaning when processed like this.

Regards.

Stephen.

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Re: The Big Picture

Hi Mate nice and sharp and the colours look spot on, the lens does a good job not being a true macro. The photographer helps as well 

Regards.

Stephen.

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Re: One of my favorites from last year.

Hi mate this one just screams summer, great colours. I like the off centre framing.

Regards.

Stephen.

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Re: St Leo's Hall Belmont Abbey College Belmont NC-

Hi mate nice grab,  I see a clowns nose above the entrance a tight shot of the building could make an interesting image as well.

I live in a town named Belmont, nothing that grand here.

Regards.

Stephen.

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Re: Ready for Fall

Hi mate, well there are two items that don't belong together  must be handy to mange both at the same time.

Regards.

Stephen.

stephent Veteran Member • Posts: 3,632
Windows and stairs...

Hi everyone another from last weeks trip to Sydney, this one inside the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Regards.

Stephen.

RoelHendrickx
RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 24,428
Bride

Forgive me for showing two shots, but selecting one of both would not allow you to give me the feedback I am looking for.  And contrary to the usual situation for this C&C thread, I must also ask to not download, reprocess or show elsewhere the images included here, because they are work in progress on a paid job, not for distribution outside my control.

Here is a two-image sneak preview of a shoot I did last Sunday of Moroccan-style bridal fashion.

Marriages are very elaborate and lavish in the Moroccan immigrant community: the dresses seem straight from "1001 Nights" and are most often rented from wedding planners who also arrange for hair, make-up, venue decoration etc.

The shoot was a job for one such wedding planner, intended to show off her dresses in the elegant setting of a classic Antwerp building.

Being primarily a documentary shooter who uses available light only, I was way out of my comfort zone on this job, directing models through poses in a semi-studio environment with strobes.

And I just want all the constructive feedback I can get.

Thanks.

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RoelHendrickx
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Re: Sinister Smile?

Your title made me go look for that smile, because at first glance I had not noticed it.

The use of your title would probably be more effective in a two shot sequence that shows the whole wheel and then zooms in on the face, closer, but showing it still in the context of the wheel spokes.  However, I don't think it really looks very sinister.  The Dark Knight's cut-up Joker face, now that would be sinister...

It is your colour processing to gives us the uneasy creepy feeling, with pink (most often a soft and girlishly sweet colour) very much out of context against an almost infrared sky.

I am having mixed feelings here : on the one hand I understand the direction you are going, on the other hand I feel like the subject is presented so cleanly and elegantly, that the sinister atmosphere does not really come through.

Perhaps it needs to go more over the top to really unsettle the viewer: some of the gondola's missing or broken (like bad teeth in a clown's mouth).

Or simpler and something even I would be able to do : a severe tilt to throw the viewer off-balance (you know me : I"ll tilt an image whenever I see a slight chance that it would add dynamism...)

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RoelHendrickx
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Re: The Big Picture

Nice furry detail becomes visible when viewed at a larger scale (on the initial presentation the surface of the moth looks a bit bland).  I think it would benefit from more clarity (micro-contrast) in order to exaggerate the tone differences and make texture stand out.

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