The Florida Keys - Final results - Some sleepers

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The Florida Keys - Final results - Some sleepers
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I received a lot of great feedback on my Florida Keys photos and made many changes as a result.

Then I circulated them to my family and friends. I received surprisingly positive feedback on a few of the photos that I hadn't considered good enough to post here. Therefore, I decided to post those here now to find out if I had judged them too harshly or if they had been forgiving of flaws.

Constructive criticism is welcome and encouraged even though I didn't consider these my best.

For those interested, I am also posting the links to my complete gallery of Florida Keys photos.

This first set of links show the photos I took that I think you are most likely to enjoy.

The Florida Keys (Favorites) Flickr Set

The Florida Keys (Favorites) Flickr Slide Show

This second set of links show all of the photos from the first set of links plus additional ones I think you may like. It also contains photos that give you a feel for being there. A number of these photos I still haven't posted here on dpreview and unless I discover some more sleepers I likely never will.

The Florida Keys (Story) Flickr Set

The Florida Keys (Story) Flickr Slide Show

Watching the sunset

Wild chickens on a Key West morning

Jet Ski Sunrise

A real house boat

Sunset followed by a great "Hog Fish" for dinner

Smiling fish. Not actually m43. It was taken with the Olympus TG-2 that I bought for this trip.

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I see Holiday Isle. Loved that place in the 80's and 90's!

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I see Holiday Isle. Loved that place in the 80's and 90's!

Educate me. Which photo has Holiday Isle?

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A regular Clyde Butcher!

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A regular Clyde Butcher!

So I had to Google to find out who he is. Thanks for the compliment!

Strange that I haven't heard of him before.

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I quite enjoyed both the Flickr sets, being a good photographic journey of your time there.   An interesting mix of subjects.

My question to you would be, if you could print/hang only one, which would you choose?    

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I quite enjoyed both the Flickr sets, being a good photographic journey of your time there. An interesting mix of subjects.

My question to you would be, if you could print/hang only one, which would you choose?

See this threadfor your answer. But it seems there may be an issue with the number of pixels in that image since I cropped out an island on the left to get that composition. Ah... heck... Here it is again... Do you think it is a good choice? Which would you use?

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Bob Tullis wrote:

I quite enjoyed both the Flickr sets, being a good photographic journey of your time there. An interesting mix of subjects.

My question to you would be, if you could print/hang only one, which would you choose?

See this threadfor your answer. But it seems there may be an issue with the number of pixels in that image since I cropped out an island on the left to get that composition. Ah... heck... Here it is again... Do you think it is a good choice? Which would you use?

Funny - after I posted that Q I saw your other topic. . . this was one I personally had in mind for hanging, though there are many candidates.   I love this perspective.  Colorfully engaging, leading right to the source of light over it all.

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Funny - after I posted that Q I saw your other topic. . . this was one I personally had in mind for hanging, though there are many candidates. I love this perspective. Colorfully engaging, leading right to the source of light over it all.

And now I'm wishing I would have thought to frame it that way at the time so I didn't have to do such a heavy crop to get it. Then I could enlarge it more.

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Funny - after I posted that Q I saw your other topic. . . this was one I personally had in mind for hanging, though there are many candidates. I love this perspective. Colorfully engaging, leading right to the source of light over it all.

And now I'm wishing I would have thought to frame it that way at the time so I didn't have to do such a heavy crop to get it. Then I could enlarge it more.

Is it possible to clone out the island? Then again, maybe the perspective THAT framing exhibits isn't as pleasant as this is (if it centers the vanishing point, it could render the composition more static than this is dynamic). But you took it with the island included initially - now inquiring minds wants to see it [g]. Was it a good idea at the time? Did you take a portrait orientation as well?

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But you took it with the island included initially - now inquiring minds wants to see it [g]. Was it a good idea at the time? Did you take a portrait orientation as well?

I did not take a portrait version. Here is the original... What do you think about cloning out the island. At the time I thought it would add interest but in post I got the idea to try without it and liked it.

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Savas Kyprianides wrote:

A regular Clyde Butcher!

So I had to Google to find out who he is. Thanks for the compliment!

Strange that I haven't heard of him before.

He (Clyde Butcher) has a real nice gallery in the Everglades on the old highway from Miami to Naples.   It is worth stopping at looking at his extremely large prints.  He also leads swamp walks.

Anyhow, I have enjoyed your photos.  The Keys is a great place to visit and you ended up with some excellent photos.

Dave

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He (Clyde Butcher) has a real nice gallery in the Everglades on the old highway from Miami to Naples. It is worth stopping at looking at his extremely large prints.

Wish I would have known that. I drove across there on my way and back.

Anyhow, I have enjoyed your photos. The Keys is a great place to visit and you ended up with some excellent photos.

Thanks.

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Florida, I like the chickens not because of any great technical qualities but just because it is so different  that I think it almost approaches the surreal. If it were mine I'd pimp the hell out of it - it's a strangely bizarre and appealing shot. There again, maybe it's just my sense of the ridiculous at work here!

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Florida, I like the chickens not because of any great technical qualities but just because it is so different that I think it almost approaches the surreal.

I wish I had taken it at f8 instead of f4

If it were mine I'd pimp the hell out of it - it's a strangely bizarre and appealing shot.

I was expecting to have lots of time to play with post processing while my camera was being serviced but life had other ideas.

What kinds of things would you "pimp"? Are you suggesting I make it even more surreal by stretching the reality quite a bit?

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But you took it with the island included initially - now inquiring minds wants to see it [g]. Was it a good idea at the time? Did you take a portrait orientation as well?

I did not take a portrait version. Here is the original... What do you think about cloning out the island. At the time I thought it would add interest but in post I got the idea to try without it and liked it.

Hmmm.   Well, the island would be easy enough to clone out, but I think your crop is spot on.   Well decided!  

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The island adds nothing and with it cloned out, you just have empty sky and sea and lose the terrific impact of the bridge's receding lines.

Lack of pixels? Phooey -- the picture is the thing!

Cheers, geoff

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But you took it with the island included initially - now inquiring minds wants to see it [g]. Was it a good idea at the time? Did you take a portrait orientation as well?

I did not take a portrait version. Here is the original... What do you think about cloning out the island. At the time I thought it would add interest but in post I got the idea to try without it and liked it.

Hmmm. Well, the island would be easy enough to clone out, but I think your crop is spot on. Well decided!

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yyr wrote:

Florida, I like the chickens not because of any great technical qualities but just because it is so different that I think it almost approaches the surreal.

I wish I had taken it at f8 instead of f4

If it were mine I'd pimp the hell out of it - it's a strangely bizarre and appealing shot.

I was expecting to have lots of time to play with post processing while my camera was being serviced but life had other ideas.

What kinds of things would you "pimp"? Are you suggesting I make it even more surreal by stretching the reality quite a bit?

Yes - HDR and stronger colours/contrast. Or I might try B&W and selective colourisation of the chickens If I had another photo of the chickens taken at about the same time in the same location I'd see if I could clone in a couple more chickens into this picture.

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I quite enjoyed both the Flickr sets, being a good photographic journey of your time there. An interesting mix of subjects.

My question to you would be, if you could print/hang only one, which would you choose?

What you think of this one as a wall hangar?

I'm still trying to decide which photo to enlarge for my sisters birthday present. I had my family over for a pool party on Memorial Day. I had just completed working my Florida Keys the previous day and I showed them the slide show on my 52" TV.

The photo below is the one that received the most oohs and aahs, although I don't consider the best of the bunch. It does have the advantage of being available at a larger size though since I didn't have to crop it much.

I'm not just asking Bob. I'd appreciate other opinions, as well. Thanks.

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Bob Tullis wrote:

I quite enjoyed both the Flickr sets, being a good photographic journey of your time there. An interesting mix of subjects.

My question to you would be, if you could print/hang only one, which would you choose?

What you think of this one as a wall hangar?

I'm still trying to decide which photo to enlarge for my sisters birthday present. I had my family over for a pool party on Memorial Day. I had just completed working my Florida Keys the previous day and I showed them the slide show on my 52" TV.

The photo below is the one that received the most oohs and aahs, although I don't consider the best of the bunch. It does have the advantage of being available at a larger size though since I didn't have to crop it much.

I'm not just asking Bob. I'd appreciate other opinions, as well. Thanks.

Bob I think would want to crop this to 16:9 or so, to omit much of the boring top 1/2 of the image, and move the horizon off center, drawing more attention to area that has interest.   But you know, that guy can be rather nutty (just between you and me).

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