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Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
People Popular Portraits on Flickr Part 1 (Horizontals)
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 9
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Ah, the old creativity chestnut. As Andy Warhol once said: "Art is what you get away with"
I always thought you would be the first to be contrary and you did not disappoint. :) You forgot driver license photos. Mine looks like as if it was taken in a morgue. Now I don't know if it is creative or not or just plain incompetence. Most likely the AI robot camera was not trained in portrait photography. :(

Also please note I said there are exceptions. But exceptions should not become the norm even in the name of creativity. When that happens we better give it a new name by which it can be classified.

I shall leave it with that, there are always people who know more than I do. :rolleyes:

"A picture of a person, especially of his face, drawn, painted, photographed, etc. from life." Webster's Dictionary

"A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person." Wikipedia
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2017, 11:01 PM  
People Popular Portraits on Flickr Part 1 (Horizontals)
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 9
Views: 568
A portrait is or ought to be where the face or head of a person (can be an animal by extension) predominantly shows an expression or personality reflected in the face. This is a portrait, head and shoulders at the most, in a classic sense. And I think we should stick to it.
As with all established rules there are exceptions (Confucius says: exceptions confirm the rule).

In no way do I want to diminish the worth of your imagery, they are very fine and well executed photographs, I admire your work and enjoy looking at your posts in the most part.

But I am afraid portraits they are not. Full body shots hardly ever will be.

Regards
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 10:13 PM  
Full-frame lens on a crop body not advisable?
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 168
Views: 4,506
I have just power read this thread and am sure I missed a few things.

There is another aspect overlooked by all, an undocumented problem using a FF lens on a crop sensor cam which is:

When I eat a meal which was photographed with a FF lens/crop cam combination I noticed I put on weight. Now I know why, the meal is bigger.

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: :lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2017, 04:20 AM  
Architecture Origami Barn
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 5
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Quite the contrary - build with cheap materials I suspect. :hmm:
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-06-2017, 04:11 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Schraubstock
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Always nice, your images.

But this one has me worried, it appears the lass has an awful skin infection on her right mammary. :eek:

Just kidding :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2017, 03:47 AM  
Food Moooooooo
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 7
Views: 235
I can vouch for that, this one desperately tried to kiss me. :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2017, 03:14 AM  
Travel Rooted
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Thanks for your insight. ;)
Comforting thought this I say, still I would be apprehensive with the prospect of a two ton rock landing on my nut plastic helmet or not. :rolleyes:

Ah, I just realise you were jesting.

Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-04-2017, 10:46 PM  
Travel Rooted
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Hi
You are not wrong, few in this world are bigger.
In older trees the roots are often bigger than the tree itself. You really have to be there and see it with your own eyes to appreciate the size of it all. Pictures, no matter how well taken, cannot convey the overwhelming force of these roots.
Thanks



From what I have observed it is a bit of both. And to say the roots are destructive is an understatement.
Have a look at the next pic.
I wouldn't have liked to have been the one who had to put up the props.

Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-04-2017, 03:58 AM  
Travel Rooted
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Strangler Fig roots stop at nothing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2017, 10:04 PM  
Streets Thriving Business
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Only Haggis is on the menu, that's why. :eek:
Forum: Photo Critique 10-26-2017, 05:11 AM  
Nature Fungi picture
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 11
Views: 366
Very true, Adam, but this can be softened a bit and then it becomes acceptable. Me thinks.
But in the end one has to ask, what is a perfect picture. If this is what nature has to offer, so be it.

I am more for colour accuracy with some tolerance for creating a special mood if so required. In this case however I lean toward less supercharged green which in my opinion takes away from the mushroom too much.

At first I thought the image should be a bit brighter but then I changed my mind.
I prefer the feel of a somber darker mood because these fungi do not grow in bright areas and the pic ought to reflect this.

A bit of a crop as well perhaps.

Overall I like the pic.

(Bottom pic is the original)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2017, 03:48 AM  
Machinery Idaho Runabout
Posted By Schraubstock
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Views: 244
You could say it is not a lemon :cool:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2017, 03:44 AM  
Machinery Thoughtful Parking
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Or loose her altogether :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-20-2017, 05:49 AM  
Architecture Pont Alexandre III
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 1
Views: 139
Said to be the prettiest bridge in Paris
Forum: Photo Critique 10-19-2017, 10:02 PM  
Cityscape Your thoughts on the post processing here
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Hi
Thanks for your kind reaction to my post.

"I'll come back from a 3-week trip with thousands of photos to process so it's a bit overwhelming"

Here is a thought about this you might find, or not as it were, interesting. A bit off topic though.

I know the feeling. In reality however one has to be ruthlessly and selective. Only images which to your eye are worth preserving should be kept.

As to what I do, I select the ones which are good (must have) and some I consider marginal. This alone will be a sizable quantity. The rest I chuck. If I don't do this I will only suffer enormously under the stress to select what I want. Confucius said - "He who has the choice suffers the anguish."

You have to remember this:
You as the creator of all the shots you come home with every image has a strong connection to the moment it was taken, and this includes the bad ones. They too carry memories and emotions just as much as the good ones do. As a consequence you are loath to discard a lot of shots. (Even duplicates, I know, I have been there.) You say, maybe I will use them one day - you never will ! (it is the hoarder principal where the value of things is not the item itself but the fact that you own them. It is the ownership hoarders value not the object.)

But everybody around you who were not with you when the photos were taken are free of this emotional package and they don't miss the photos you just put in the bin. In your presentation or Photo Book they will ever only see the good images and this is all that matters - to you and them.

Weeding out the keepers from the "chaff" with computer programs available these days is actually quite easy and quickly done. I remember in the days of film I spent hours with a magnifying glass over the light box, scratching crosses over the ones I would never consider. (I am still alive and I am not missing anything.) :lol:

Now that you have freed yourself of the ballast you can devote all your time and energy to work on the ones you selected. :):cool:

As to Photo Books, publishers usually print offset (some use the stochastic printing method) and that means heavily reduced colour gamuts which has to be taken into account when preparing images.

Thanks for reading.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-19-2017, 03:15 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 13,077
Views: 1,128,067
I see, you photographed your switchboard at home. :lol::lol::lol:

Not good,
the switchboard that is - the photo is fantastic.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-19-2017, 06:43 AM  
Cityscape Your thoughts on the post processing here
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Hi

This is my sort of photography.

The JPG does not offer any meaningful corrections, still I had a bit of a go at it.
Sorry, I don't like your version. Please don't despise me for saying this. The washed out white sky doesn't do anything for me, particularly since I know the original shot had a lot of detail and you disposed of it. I tried to recover a bit of it but as I said the JPG makes this hard. Still an indication of what it could look like is there. The detail strength of the whole picture is overplayed which makes it dirty looking. I think you ought to ease back on this. It could of course be a personal liking but in my experience it would only appeal to a small number of people.

Another thing to consider is, at one stage you may want to print some of your travel shots, I know a lot of mine are being printed, and your pic would not print very well. It would be too dark and contrasty with colour looking even more dirty.

I am pleased to see you straightened up the ugly falling wide angle lines something not to many people do.

With a bit of practice you can (better done on the big original) clone out the stairs and I would not hesitate to do this because it appears to be only a temporary structure.

As a travel photographer I am right into this sort of thing and with a bit of manipulation you have a beautiful shot.

Hope I have not been too upsetting.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-19-2017, 02:55 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 13,077
Views: 1,128,067
Fine example of traditional Scottish woodcraft :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2017, 08:05 PM  
People I shoot it as my Pentax sees it
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 4
Views: 322
MSL, jlgingrich, and The Barbarian

Many thanks to all of you for taking the time to comment - and what's more, all of them positive :)
Forum: Photo Critique 10-18-2017, 03:25 PM  
Cityscape What do you think?
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 4
Views: 315
Thanks for taking the time to reply
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2017, 01:16 AM  
People I shoot it as my Pentax sees it
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 4
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I usually don't shoot these sort of picture.
But then I thought there was sort of an artistic quality here worth shooting a frame. The other thing is, the love of the dog toward his master is in my mind the softening component here and alone worth a picture. Loyal dogs are free of any prejudices and this clearly shows here.
Don't you agree ?

Cheers
Forum: Photo Critique 10-17-2017, 11:23 PM  
Cityscape What do you think?
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 4
Views: 315
Hi
Composition as far as framing is concerned is good. However this framing technique with tree foliage in the foreground forming sort of a frame is best used when the background is a worthy, stunning motive. I can't comment on how you are relating to the motive, it may very well be important to you. Since neither of us here can evaluate this, it is from a public point of view quite uninteresting.

The whole picture is rather flat, in colour and texture. I bet it was not like that when you saw it. In your PP work I think you attempted to give the picture a dramatic "sunset" lift but unfortunately in this endeavor it now looks to me like looking through a ruby-yellowish glass. I used Oloneo PhotoEngine to tinker a bit in individual colour layers for an indication of what I had in mind. You can now see a bit of green leaves showing as it should. A bit of colour contrast in sunset picture to me is always good. Under certain conditions sunset light can even accentuate some colours and that is the beauty of it and is often what motivates people to take the picture. Unfortunately cameras can not always capture this truthfully.

I am sure this is not quite what you were hoping to hear but you ask and I give you my thoughts as only I see it.

Cheers

I attach a photo I took earlier this year of the famous Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley France, to illustrate the tree framing technique to show off stunning objects.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2017, 02:04 AM  
Travel Muslim Street of Xi'an, China. Vegetarians or Animal Rights People don't look !
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Thanks Jim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2017, 06:15 AM  
Travel Muslim Street of Xi'an, China. Vegetarians or Animal Rights People don't look !
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Some of these images maybe offending to some people, but as a travel photographer I feel compelled to shoot what I see. Different cultures, different standards and morals and its not for me to judge.

There is in the city of Xi'an, China, (Pop. some 6m) a Muslim Quarter where one long street known as Muslim Street is very busy particularly late afternoon when people come to get street food. The most popular fare are charcoal grilled Lamb skewers. Whole carcasses are hung up on hooks and cut up for the preparation of these skewers and after a while clean cut bones can be seen hanging everywhere.

Most of you can readily shoot autumn leaves, sunsets, flowers and perhaps birds, and possibly only have an interest for pictures of that sort. Some of you may not be able to travel to places where I have the good fortune to get to, so I thought in the interest of variety I present you with these pictures particularly since I don't see a lot of that sort here.

Cheers

By the way, I admire greatly some PF members here who are able to shoot beautiful bird pics. I cant do those.
(A) I wouldn't know where to look, and
(B) I don't have the patience. :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-15-2017, 07:00 PM  
Battery wrongly stuck in Pentax K-50
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 13
Views: 942
OP may not be in a position at the moment to give us feed back to our suggestions here, if not for others to learn from.
I am sure he/she will do this as soon as possible.
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