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Forum: Photo Critique 06-16-2015, 02:08 PM  
People Portrait as a favor for a client - ideas please!
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
Sorry you didn't like it. Could you post the look you would have used? I'm always looking for a better way to do things.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2015, 01:52 PM  
People The work is done
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Nice.

I can't tell if she is proud or thinking, "What in the world have I done?"
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2015, 01:49 PM  
Machinery Locomotive
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Great job.

I've taken my 7 year old Grandson twice this year to see old trains. We are competing with so much when it comes to getting kids interested in this kind of stuff.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2015, 01:45 PM  
Misc The Legacy of Pendragon
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 6
Views: 703
Very well done.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-16-2015, 01:42 PM  
Streets Down in Chinatown
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 10
Views: 671
I hated even saying it. From what I've seen of you images I would have expected it to be tack sharp. I'm glad I didn't cross any boundaries by saying something stupid. :)
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2015, 07:23 AM  
Another case of Canikon snobbery?
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 78
Views: 6,358
Folks take this kind of thing way to serious. It's just as picture. You do the best you can and move on to the next one.

If you shoot JPEG with your $5000 camera/lens the camera has made all the decisions for you. If you shoot RAW you get to decide. As much as we would like to think it is, it isn't rocket science. Take the time to learn LR and PS or not, it really doesn't matter.

Have Fun!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-14-2015, 06:52 AM  
Streets Down in Chinatown
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Great street shot. It seems a little soft but the overall shot makes up for that.

Nice choice for B&W.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-13-2015, 10:59 AM  
Raleigh 2008
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 1
Views: 357
This image was taken in downtown Raleigh on walk around with my wife. I don't remember what the name of the building is. It's probably been bought and sold since then anyway.

The lens is not showing up in LR and it could be one of several I had back then.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-13-2015, 10:28 AM  
People Portrait as a favor for a client - ideas please!
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
I like it with one side of her face shaded a little. It gives character and depth.

Here is a picture with her shaded side brightened just a little.

---------- Post added 06-13-15 at 01:29 PM ----------

Of course this is quick and dirty so don't judge too harshly.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2015, 10:17 AM  
Food State Famers Market
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 4
Views: 685
What does that mean. Sounds like something important that I should know. Thanks,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2015, 01:39 PM  
Macro Some more British butterflies
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 9
Views: 843
British butterflies pose much better than American butterflies.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2015, 01:34 PM  
Macro Bumble Bee on Leaf
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 7
Views: 809
I like that you can even see the shadow of his antennae, cool.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2015, 01:31 PM  
Nature Laburnum Wood
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Really nice shot in so many ways. Colors are impressive.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2015, 08:59 AM  
Bentonville Battle Reenactment
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 1
Views: 623
Here is a slideshow of just photographs I took of the Reenactors at the 150th Bentonville Battle Civil War Reenactment. This battle was significant in that it was the last battle between Union General William T. Sherman and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston. This was the last major battle of the American Civil War. This will also be the last event for many of the reenactors and that's why I made a special effort to photograph as many as I could. There were many I didn't photograph. The photos were taken on March 21, 2015.

There is one picture in the slideshow that wasn't taken at Bentonville. I took the picture of the cannon at the Averasboro Battlefield a few miles away.

I used a Pentax K-5 II S and a Sigma 17-50 F2.8 EX DC OS HSM. I did a quick color grade by processing an image in LR with the look I wanted and making a preset. I then applied the preset to all the images. I had to make some minor adjustments but it worked out pretty well.
















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Forum: Photo Critique 06-11-2015, 08:37 AM  
People Portrait as a favor for a client - ideas please!
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
Here is a quick and dirty background replacement. I'm sure you can do a better job if that's what you decide to do. Good Luck.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-11-2015, 07:00 AM  
People Portrait as a favor for a client - ideas please!
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 18
Views: 2,019
People want what they want and you can't really convince them otherwise, they know best. While saying that, the branches that intersect her head are not helpful. I would start all over again.

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Of course you could always put in a completely new background. One that is much more pleasing. With her hair color and blue shirt it shouldn't be that difficult.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-11-2015, 05:02 AM  
Nature Pelican on a pillar
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 2
Views: 583
It is a very interesting image. The problem I see is the whole beak area appears out of focus. The eyes appear in focus which is very important when doing animal photos but it's hard to tell. Bring out some brightness around the eyes and the head. It would help to make the bird stand out a little and becomes our immediate focus. Right now it just blends in. Good luck-nice image.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-11-2015, 04:50 AM  
Nature What do you think.. to PP or not PP
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 17
Views: 1,588
The question is, is sit too much/ too little or is it the right post processing. The original image just "sits there." It obviously needs to be properly processed. That all depends on your ability with the software and your experience.

On this particular image you could have easily applied a Curves Adjustment Layer and dialed in the Opacity the bring the image contrast and "life." It probably could have used a High Pass Filter, set to soft light, and dialed in with the Layer Opacity Slider. Those are two very simple things that can be done after the regular processing in LR. I am assuming you are shooting in RAW and using LR and PS. (Of course much more can be done to the image to make it more pleasing to the eye.) If not just adjust your work flow accordingly depending on your files and software. If you are shooting JPEG than the camera has done most of the important stuff for you.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-09-2015, 06:20 AM  
Weekly Challenge #326 June 2nd - June 9th "Arrangement"
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 22
Views: 2,489
Nicely done, very interesting image. I'm thinking now how I can replicate it with my own twist.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-09-2015, 06:08 AM  
People Meet Me To The Protest
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
Second image is tells the story much better.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-09-2015, 06:01 AM  
Misc Testing out a new toy!
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 14
Views: 1,034
Some nice shots for just having fun.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-09-2015, 05:56 AM  
Landscape Along CA Highway 395
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 10
Views: 1,125
Okay you are just plain lucky! What a great place to take pictures. Great job, well done.

Edit: It just shows that a K5 can take pictures as well as any camera out there with the right person pressing the shutter.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-08-2015, 01:22 PM  
Landscape Need opinions: which PP looks best ?
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 42
Views: 4,332
I still find it difficult sometimes to choose to do BW or not. I think it just comes with experience and maybe spending a lot of time on somewhere like 500px looking at pictures. If I had to make a choice I'd go with PP2.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-08-2015, 01:17 PM  
People Meet Me To The Protest
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
I think it's a great picture and tells an interesting story. To me the black and white works very well. In PP I would have toned down the protesters and made the little girl the highlight of the photo.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-08-2015, 01:12 PM  
People Lost Art Of Conversation
Posted By Joe_M
Replies: 20
Views: 1,687
Beautiful subject and a great expression on her face. I really like the composition. The only things I would say as constructive criticism is they eyes don't have any life to them at all. I don't know if this could have been fixed in camera or during processing. The bright spot above her dress draws all the attention. I can't really tell if it's blown out or not but it should be fixed. Really a great picture. I don't know if it's possible but I would love to see another of this beautiful woman.
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