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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2018, 04:09 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
first off - what i didn't like about the picture.

the obvious one is the weather; can't help that. flat tones, blown-out sky... what to do?
next is the chromatic abberation in the top of the frame, a common issue shooting wide in scenes like this one.
then some minor gripes about framing, the tourists, and straightness, but these are all easily fixed.


what did i like about it?

well, japanese maples are extremely photogenic. they're one of the quinessential flora one associates with japan. as long as they're in the frame, there's hope! and of course, kinkakuji is a photogenic subject from almost any angle. so there was plenty to work with as far as saving this image was concerned.



the entrants, from first to last submission!


BigMackCam

i like this one because i instantly knew what you were doing with it. i'm seeing it as a late 19th century image of a famous temple, and you did a fantastic job. in my personal taste, i would have done a bit more to distort or lter the image to look as though it were from the time, perhaps something about less sharpness? but that's just my opinion :) really liked it.


johnhilvert

aaah, you decided to replace the sky - the first of a few. decent job, and i get what you were going for with the punchy colours! they're very pleasing to the eye, probably moreso than any of the other entries. however from a tenchnical POV, there is a bit too much haloing going on for it to be still in the realm of fooling the first time viewer.


D1N0

ah, i see what you did there. a great job, almost manga-like in appearance :) glowing, yet realistic colours. my only criticism is leaving the CA around the leaves in the top of the frame!


jcomely

i think you managed to add the most pop to the colours whilst retaining realism. the only thing i dont like is the effect onthe water of the lake!


iheiramo

aaah, something different with the crop, good. confident work. and i like the subdued, film-like colours. calming image.


glenn5995

this one is by far the best job of replacing the sky and the reflection it had on the lake. the colours are punchy without being unrealistic, and its a very pleasant scene to look at. my only gripe - based on personal taste - is framing the image :P


pentageek

i think i get what you were aiming for with this one, but the blur has way too sharp of a line of definition for me? if you give it a bit more depth im sure it would work better :) i liked the crop.


dlneubec

this one probably is the most realistic, colour wise. as punch as you can get on an overcast day without looking unreal. nice crop, but i'm less of a fan of the colouring of the sky :)


atupdate

there's always one, isnt there?! extra points for the laugh :D


BATMON

extra points for having the guts to go with a landscape crop and embracing the tourists. that branch hangs in just the right place. lovely work!


todd

a tighter crop still, and you clearly did some work to bring out the detail on tge buiding itself. nice one.


astonm

you went to a lot of trouble and thats evident in the final product. i agree with your sentiment that reducing the yellow around the bulding kind of made it blend in, and you did a good job with making it stand out but with realistic colours, nice job.


tuggie76

i love how you were able to get warmth out of the colours, and the crop works really well. my only beef is the haloing in the top branches, it's a bit too obvious and visible :)


noelcmn

the bravest crop of them all! i felt like this was a photograph i would see in a 60s issue of life magazine. the strong contrast and cool colours seemed to make me think of that era! and i love how you can see detail on the ground floor. (or maybe it reminds me of a scene from an early golden harvest film??)



The winners!

3rd place - BigMackCam

i really felt like i spotted this photo in a suitcase full of old ones at a flea market. well done mate :)


2nd place - todd

your comp was great. i like how it gives equal weighting to the building and the branch in the foreground. the colours were very realistic whilst still giving the image a wow factor!


1st place - glenn5995



always a tough job to replace a sky and you sir did it very very well. the atmospheric lighting you added made the image just warm enough to feel like a late summer sunset and the way you handled the water was very technically impressive. i'm overlooking the frame part - as i said its just a personal preference! so yeah, great work, showing off some technical abilities :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-21-2018, 03:19 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
noelcmn, i'm gonna let that last entry sneak right in, as this is the first chance ive gotten to get online after getting a bit sick. submissions are now closed, having originally been closed this time yesterday :)

i will retire to my chambers to adjudicate the entries. stay tuned!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-14-2018, 03:51 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
alrighty, now i think i have it down-pat. cheers big ears!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-14-2018, 03:40 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
wait, dumb question - do i judge this round as well?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-14-2018, 03:06 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
cool, done.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-13-2018, 08:48 PM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #248 Tacoma Rail Yard
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 39
Views: 3,161
cheers :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-13-2018, 04:35 PM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #249: Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,878
This was a shot from the honeymoon with Mrs imaspy. The dream in Kyoto is always to have great light, but alas, we had overcast conditions.

So what can you do to make this flat image interesting? You've got a reasonable scene to work with, I reckon we'll see a lot of variation with this one. Note: points given for technical improvements as much as creative! :)

Click to download the DNG

let's close this one Tuesday the 20th at 3pm AEDST.

(with sincere apologies for the delay, i'm a total noob with the challenges and didn't realise they generally move along at a brisk pace!)

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A note to the winner: Please copy and post this info into the next challenge.

The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-12-2018, 10:26 PM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #248 Tacoma Rail Yard
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 39
Views: 3,161
hi there

you certainly are. i'll have to plead ignorance here and i didnt realise that the next challenge happens so soon :) so i will post it up in a few hours. apologies again!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-06-2018, 03:25 AM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #248 Tacoma Rail Yard
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 39
Views: 3,161
congrats everyone, an astonm, magnificent feedback. that's what makes it!!

ok, so what do i need to do?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-03-2018, 04:30 PM  
Bridges in a U-Frame
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 7
Views: 359
what a fantastic view point. i really like this shot :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-03-2018, 04:15 PM  
Post-Processing Post- Processing Challenge #248 Tacoma Rail Yard
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 39
Views: 3,161
i went with turning it into the train coming out of the mist. plus b&w grain. link to 1600px version where you can see the intended effects!

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-03-2018, 03:23 PM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #247 Stockholm
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 29
Views: 2,038
hello! it's imaspy here - the winner. thanks very much! unfortunately i didnt have email notifications turned on for PMs, nor did i subscribe to this thread :( the reason i wasn't around was because i was on holidays (2 months if you don't mind) gallivanting around europe. i'm home now and have just discovered that i won the challenge. didn't get on in time to host the next one but all good :) will just participate in the current round! cheers again!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-11-2018, 10:53 AM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #247 Stockholm
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 29
Views: 2,038
here's mine

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 03:56 PM  
Kyoto
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 3
Views: 213
A view to modern Kyoto, from ancient Kyoto. Taken on a sunny day in early Spring 2016.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2015, 08:13 PM  
Architecture Two towers at 15mm
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 4
Views: 572
do it. the DA15 is an amazing lens, but i absolutely love my DA12-24... and when you want to shoot wide, every single mm counts :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2015, 06:06 AM  
People Boy Band
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 20
Views: 1,281
eh, they're probably locals, but are hipsters. i do like the shot though :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-21-2015, 09:52 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 779
Views: 95,394
i really like the tones in the second shot... well-balanced but still allowing for a bit of mood in the darks. but - the colour shot - wow, those eyes :o :p
Forum: General Photography 04-21-2015, 09:43 PM  
Thinking of changing my setup from big to small. Opinions sought.
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,580
interesting opinions, thanks for that guys. my main thing about any system other than aps-c DSLR is the ability to shoot properly wide.... i will need to do some poking around at different systems and the available lenses.

6BQ5 - the idea to compliment rather than replace is a common-sense conclusion, but i was interested in the possibility of replacing and am investigating that first :)

thanks!
Forum: General Photography 04-19-2015, 11:40 PM  
Thinking of changing my setup from big to small. Opinions sought.
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,580
i like biased opinions :) however, for me, the size difference isn't quite worth it in this case.



wow - where did you score an EM5 for that price?!?!?! :confused:



i dunno? why would i not want to use it with the q? whoops, answered my own question :lol:



well obviously i'm still going to end up with a bag of bits :) it's that the bits are smaller. noted though.



post is no problem for me, i love it just as much as getting out and taking the photos. i was a graphic designer in a past work life so i have lots of mAd sKiLLz to dedicate to that.



probably worth noting that i'm not a pro, and my photos are mainly for myself?



OH YES - that was the other thing - lack of OVF. i love viewfinders and that's the thing i suspect i would need the most getting used to.

thanks for the opinions all :) i might have a look at some other systems before i do anything rash.
Forum: General Photography 04-19-2015, 12:14 AM  
Thinking of changing my setup from big to small. Opinions sought.
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,580
hi all

i had been considering rationalising my setup for a little while now - i just wondered if it was worth doing. given my current kit setup, i felt i wanted to go small. however, because of the smaller sensors, i was always a little bit worried about wide angle shooting, as this tends to be a good 50% of what i seem to shoot (travel/architecture etc). i'll start by posting the current setup:

K5 w/2 batteries
DA35 macro limited
18-135WR
FA50
DA 12-24
a Tammy 70-300 w/macro
pentax flash (forgotten which model right now)

the two lenses i use the most would be the 18-135 and the 12-24, which is basically my go-to kit when i travel as it covers everything.

i use the 50mm for occasional portrait stuff.

the DA35 is really my best buddy for playing with macro, and sometimes landscape or street, but to be honest i just don't use it that much.

the tamron was free from a friend, i suppose if i ever needed the reach it would come in handy, but it isn't the world's best 300mm :D


so that's the kit. and, i had long thought of switching to something like M4:3 or other similar formats.

i DID buy a Q when they were on sale at ted's for $169 w/the 01 prime, but at that time i couldnt justify having to quite different bodies, and i ended up giving it to a friend (she LOVES it!)

anyway, up until this point, i never entertained the thought of getting a Q because of the lack of good quality wide angle coverage, but i only just discovered that they have released the 08 wide zoom!!! so i have been thinking very hard about it over the last few days.

here is what i am thinking of doing, and the pros and cons. i know most of it is personal preference, however i wanted to get some thoughts from fellow pentaxians before i went pulling any triggers.

1. sell off existing kit, with perhaps the exception of the flash - could still come in handy?
2. buy a Q7. could get the q-s1, but i dont think any of the handful of differences between them would make it worth paying the premium of the newer model? any thoughts?
3. fill kit with 01 prime, 06 tele, and 08 wide zoom. most of the others are so cheap that they don't factor into the equation or i wouldnt want them. maybe the mount shield lens for the hell of it.
4. spare batteries, an accessory here or there

and here are what i think might be the pros and cons....

Pros for keeping the K-mount kit:
- wider array of lenses (though, really, am i ever going to?)
- weather sealed setup. this is probably the single biggest worry, as i like the moodiness and drama of shooting in wet weather or wintry conditions.
- better IQ; ability to upgrade to quite a number of different newer bodies whenever i get that itch....
- probably better ergonomics, insofar as the way the body seems to be moulded for my hands

Cons for keeping the K-mount kit:
- size. it's not that it's TOO big; i just think it'd be nice to have something really small, pretty much pocketable, for travel. it's also a lot more subtle than some big black imposing body and lens.
- weight. it's not that it's TOO heavy; it's just that it can get a little tiresome on the wrists sometimes.
- conspicuousness. having the larger body when travelling can say 'look, i'm a tourist! target me!'


Pros for switching to the Q-mount kit:
- size. small. stash in pocket, or in a bag with other stuff (as opposed to a single bag JUST for gear because it takes up so much room)
- weight. easy to lug, easy to operate and shoot even with one hand.
- main range that i shoot is covered by 3 lenses.
- would probably end up with a little cash in hand after all is said and done

Cons for switching to the Q-mount kit:
- limited range of lenses (again, not such a biggie)
- not weather-sealed. this is the biggest thing i guess.
- lower-performing in terms of IQ (sensor size) and burst (not such a big issue but i do use it from time to time), and DR? any comments on a Q7/Q-S1 vs APS-C for DR performance? how about speeds, eg. write to mem card?
- ergonomics; could be tricky to get used to everything being a lot smaller. as i said, i owned an original Q for a while, but didn't use it so much that i could get annoyed at anything that didn't feel right.

one final general guiding statement: video doesn't factor into it at all. i don't use video.

i think that's about it. if i think of anything else i will add it.

but, over to you guys? your thoughts or opinions about this situation would be greatly appreciated :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-14-2015, 05:09 PM  
Nature Anotther spider
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 9
Views: 927
yeah huntsmans are a lot flatter than wolf spiders.... and waaaaayyyy too fast for comfort!!!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-23-2014, 06:51 AM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 15
Views: 2,469
yeah, but... you turned her into the hulk's cousin?! :p
Forum: Photo Critique 12-21-2014, 11:27 PM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 15
Views: 2,469
WB seems off.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-08-2014, 06:46 PM  
People Backlit Dance In Sunset
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 5
Views: 754
oh that second shot is awesome!!! the moment you've captured (in mid air), the varying expressions, and the coolness of the backlight sign make it great! :)
Forum: Photo Critique 11-08-2014, 06:41 PM  
Black & White street
Posted By imaspy
Replies: 5
Views: 558
it's a nice shot, but i had to zoom out to 50% to see it all in one go. have you thought about a landscape version?

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