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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 385
Views: 25,059
Not shown one of Toto for a while either, a moody black and white from today.

Stare by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Thanks for all the entries, great work by everybody.


atupdate,
Love it, made me laugh. He fits in well in the harbour there and the flame is a nice touch.

noelcmn,
You have ramped up the warmth of the light and I like that you have kept the overall contrast high and the foreground dark. Its a nice place really, if you don't mind the odd Godzilla attack!

tuggie76,
Like Noel you have warmed it up and I like what that does to the scene, the lifted shadows gives the image a nice bright feel and the crop you have chosen is pretty much what I settled on as well.

photocles,
This screams Mediterranean for me, bright and colourful and by keeping the blues dominant the colours of the buildings and cranes have come through well. The tighter crop also works well.

Sir Nameless,
Again you have gone for a bright and cool colour scheme and I think you have balanced the foreground and sky well, your second image is my preference as well.

So now the winner, its tight between tuggie76 and photocles, I like both your takes but thinking back to how it looked in person I think the warmer feel of tuggie76's edit wins out with a very close second to photocles.

Attachment 455008

So congratulations to tuggie76 for winning #299 and over to you for the big 300!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 14
Views: 647
That's challenge #299 finished, thanks for your entries everyone.

First up I will share my versions of the image, the original in camera edit,

Attachment 455004

And when I got back home and played with it on the computer,

Attachment 455003

I will collect my thoughts on each image and post those shortly.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Good entries so far. I will close it this evening (UK) so a few more hours yet if anyone else wants to get one in. Surprised no one has done a black and white take yet, its how I originally shot it as the GR practically lives in black and white mode.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-10-2019, 11:35 AM  
Thematic Sunsets
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 1,829
Views: 110,326
I was treated to a stunner last night, after raining for a lot of the day it brightened up and just as the sun got low a mist rolled across the fields behind the house.

Sunset Grazing by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr

IMGP2145 by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr

Both taken with the DA* 300mm as its what was on the camera.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-08-2019, 03:33 AM  
Game Daily in June 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 24
Views: 739
Was half considering making the trip to the seaside today but looking at the weather, nope!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-07-2019, 01:11 PM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge 298
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 6
Views: 396
Challenge 299 is up.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-07-2019, 01:04 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #299
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 14
Views: 647
Welcome to Post Processing Challenge #299!
I will let this run for a week so you have until the 14th June to submit your entries.

For my image I have selected this holiday snap from a weekend break in Genoa, its an interesting mix of classic architecture and rampant industrialisation with this image focussing on the latter, looking out on shipyards in the harbour.
Taken with the fantastic little Ricoh GRII.
No rules do whatever you want as many times as you want.


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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-07-2019, 10:40 AM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge 298
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 6
Views: 396
Thanks for hosting and providing the image, I enjoyed working on it and I am not ashamed to say I spent way to long on it!
I liked Photocles's brighter take on it and nice to see the complete opposite ends of the spectrum we achieved from the same starting point too.

I shall have a look for something suitable to get #299 on the go.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2019, 10:12 AM  
Game Stupid Camera Tricks (and Stupid Lens Tricks)
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 106
Views: 4,164
One from today, backlight provided by a torch and some intentional camera movement got me this macro image of one of the cats toys.

Heart of Fire by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2019, 10:08 AM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge 298
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 6
Views: 396
The gloomy preview image led me into a dark place, turned a few lights on to make it appear like night trying to ramp up the atmosphere and then I went through a few images of mine looking for a figure to insert to finish it off.

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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-30-2019, 01:31 PM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 4,947
Views: 427,351
Popped out after the rain this afternoon and this little meadow was looking rather fine.
Shot wide open on a cheap and cheerful Prinzflex 200mm f3.3


Summer Flowers by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-30-2019, 11:06 AM  
Game Daily in June 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 24
Views: 739
After my short hiatus I hope to join in again for June.
An obvious theme would be the Summer solstice on the 21st. (or the opposite for the southern hemisphere folks of course)
Random googling for other interesting dates in June has brought up World Oceans Day for the 8th, so how about 'The Sea' as a theme, admittedly not practical for those of us that don't live on the coast but always nice to see from those that do.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-24-2019, 09:46 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #297
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Gone for a somewhat different approach and threw most of the image away with mine, I liked what was going on at the bottom with the 2 cyclists.

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Forum: General Photography 05-23-2019, 11:51 AM  
This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 16
Views: 975
I had a wander around Manchester airport recently and there are a good few spots that have raised mounds giving a completely unobstructed view, no holes needed.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2019, 12:10 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 440
Views: 26,351
Just been going back through the archives and found this minimal foggy scene from January that I never did anything with at the time.

Alone by Graeme Sugden, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2019, 10:34 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #296
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 13
Views: 615
A nice variety of entries from you all there,

noelcmn:
I like that you have emphasised the fog with your attempt, that and keeping the colours soft and muted certainly helps reinforce the mood of the image. My only gripe would be losing the rear line of poles as I feel they are an important compositional aspect of the image.

tp1665:
I like the overall contrast of the scene keeping all the elements without losing the mist, for my tastes the sepia toning is a bit strong however.

charisteas:
Less is definitely more in this case, black and white is the obvious choice in my mind and I love the high contrast look you have gone for with your attempt.

photocles:
Keeping it high contrast and in your face but in colour this time, an interesting take and I particularly like the red/brown strip you have coaxed out of it.

tmlawes:
Back to black and white, you have handled the overall scene very well by keeping it slightly dark and moody and done a great job removing the pole and wires up front, I do like your addition of the Eagle too. Nice job.

tuggie76:
In a similar vein as tmlawes image above you have gone a bit further than basic adjustments, I appreciate the effort of you both for that. Must admit I have not seen any elephants roaming around up here but they do sit nicely in the mist, I dont know if the source image was misty or you have tried to blend them in but it works well. This one brought a smile to my face.

This week got a bit hectic for me so I never got round to doing my own version but it would of been along the lines of charisteas's image, so that is the obvious choice for me to award first place to.

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1st Place: charisteas
2nd Place: tmlawes (I appreciate the extra effort and execution of your edit)
3rd Place: tuggie76 (it made me smile)

Congratulations to charisteas for the winning edit and its over to you for #297!

Thanks to you all for your entries.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-17-2019, 08:10 AM  
Game Daily in May 2019 - discussion thread
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 81
Views: 2,212
Just started a new job and the hours are truly terrible (think of the money...), so I'm gonna be patchy for a while whilst I try to adjust.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2019, 04:33 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #295
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 10
Views: 796
#296 is up.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2019, 04:29 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #296
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Welcome to Post Processing Challenge #296!
I will let this run for a week so you have until the 21st May to submit your entries.

For my image I wanted to include some foggy atmosphere so I went back to January to look for one I hadn't shared before, I came across this rather minimal image and thought it would be good to see how different people approach it. This isn't one I have processed myself yet so I will be doing my version as well to share at the end.
No rules do whatever you want as many times as you want.


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For the next host:
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The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2019, 12:27 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #295
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Thanks so much. A fantastic image to work with, thoughtfully composed and with great light it needed very little to make it shine.
Thanks for hosting and providing your thoughts and comments.

There has been some very nice images recently so I will have a look and try to pick something worthy.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-13-2019, 12:00 PM  
ND filter or Stacked interval Composite
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 18
Views: 954
I would say the opposite, a 6 stop in normal daylight isn't going to result in that long of an exposure and the lack of movement of the slower river (compared to the falls themselves) in the first image would go with that, and the sky seems crisper.
I prefer the more blurred version of the river in the 2nd to match up with the movement of the falls, though there seems to be a repeating stuttered pattern that bothers me a bit, presumably from the 3 second delay between images if this is indeed the composite one.
If I'm right I think I would prefer a longer pure ND shot when there is relatively slow moving water involved.

ND, 1st image
Composite, 2nd.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-12-2019, 03:25 PM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 923
Views: 62,466
Yea the Daily/Single groups are a good source, not all, but a large proportion of my explores have been as a result of posting there, including the one a few posts up. I think the main trigger is the active commenting and faves shortly after uploading, it probably doesn't hurt that people are coming to the images from an external website either.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-10-2019, 11:54 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #295
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Had another go, black and white with some slight toning and a wider crop cutting the light source out. Very much in sink with Noel's crops, not intentional its just what I saw in the image.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-09-2019, 03:39 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #295
Posted By graeme83
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Here's my take, crop and some colour tweaking. Might revisit this and do a black and white version as well.
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