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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:05 PM  
Colors by the rocks
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:05 PM  
Flowers Up Close
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Views: 224
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:05 PM  
December contest
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:04 PM  
Bee gathering nector from Alyssum Flower
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Views: 266
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:04 PM  
spider & flower
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:04 PM  
Echinacea flower.
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:03 PM  
The last sip
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:03 PM  
Finger sized rose
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 4
Views: 220
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:03 PM  
Spiral
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:02 PM  
Little Purple Flowers
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Views: 171
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:01 PM  
a visitor to a white rose
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:01 PM  
The Fight for Life
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Views: 257
Lovely drama
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:01 PM  
rose leaf after rain
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:00 PM  
Sweet Pea Blossoms
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Lovely use of light flare
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2018, 09:00 PM  
Willow buds
Posted By Barbara Fu
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Views: 153
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Forum: General Photography 12-25-2017, 08:07 PM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 64
Views: 3,177
Your use of 'flat' is mildly amusing to me. I have deficient depth-perception, roughly 30% of what most people see. I imagine that affects what I shoot, though I suspect my introversion is a greater influence.

Ironically my friend Keecha, who before her disability was a celebrity and wedding photographer, is partially color-blind.
Forum: General Photography 12-25-2017, 04:44 AM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 64
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The 'Van Gogh' probably does look amazing on a wall. Not my style, but I get it.

I wish I had the skill to combine multiple images like that, but such skill would require more time and tutor money than I'm going to put into it.

Hmm, you ever do anything in a Southwest desert style? :D
Forum: General Photography 12-24-2017, 05:00 PM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By Barbara Fu
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And they both look painterly to me, though the second one still looks pretty enough. The first one to my eyes looks garish. While I've seen sunsets with oranges that bright, something about the angles of the color hits me wrong. The blue underneath could almost be natural, almost, but not with that orange there. My brain wants to know where the sun is, and my eyes are getting five different answers.

The silhouette tree is a genuinely pretty shot, but with the tree so black I just can't buy the clouds lower left so bright. They look literally painted, with a brush, a Van Gogh, out of focus. I think the original shot with less correction would look lovely on my wall.

Again, looking at this on my contrasty laptop monitor. And "SOOC"?
Forum: General Photography 12-23-2017, 05:22 PM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 64
Views: 3,177
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II wish you were wrong. I got LASEK and while I'm super happy with it, sometimes I get annoyed because items in the distance are not as sharp as they are in photos. :p

---------- Post added 12-23-17 at 05:25 PM ----------

(Hopefully this is not posted twice)



I genuinely appreciate the difference in perspective, but I need to defend my approach here.

I think photography should be held to a different standard because it is photography. When I point a camera at something I capture a moment of something that is really happening Take this shot, for example. (Sony HDR, headmounted, because I would never subject my Optio to these conditions)

DSC00206 by barbarahs, on Flickr

That's the unprocessed shot. (The processed one, cropped and untilted, is not at my fingertips at the moment, so I'll do a quickie one now.)

DSC00206 by barbarahs, on Flickr

This effect IMHO would be quite easy to do in a painting. The result would be tidier even, the water with clearer, more photogenic (forgive the expression) outlines, the framing of the face more perfect. A digital painting of this scene would be perfect, and to me that would be wrong. This kid is real and really having the time of his life. The water actually formed that shape. The guy with the hose is just there, not reacting to the kid. The clown is shooting at someone else. It's messy, and that's what I like about it.

As I've said in another thread, when viewing photos I like to imagine that if I were standing in that place at that time that I would see what the photo shows. Too much processing breaks that illusion for me, makes me feel that I'm looking at a digital cartoon rather than a photo.

---------- Post added 12-23-17 at 05:33 PM ----------



Thanks for the raw shot, really puts it in perspective.

I agree the raw shot needed some work,but in my personal taste I think you overshot the PP. Mind you, I'm looking at it on a frankly cheap, contrasty laptop monitor. If I put it up on the Chromecast I might feel differently.

As I posted a few minutes ago, for me it's about the illusion that I'm standing there looking at those leaves and they're pretty enough to shoot. I appreciate that you didn't digitally add water, I really do. Unless you were quite subtle with them, though, I'm glad you didn't bring a light source.
Forum: General Photography 12-22-2017, 05:41 PM  
Processing aesthetics--why this look?
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 64
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I'm fairly new to photography, still playing with a point-and-shoot. I like it because it fits neatly in a purse, and it doesn't hurt that it's seriously easy to use. Optio Vs20, if you're curious.

I also like ease in processing, and this brought me to this question. I don't like obvious processing, and yet judging by the monthly photo contests most folks here do. Colors are beautiful but unnatural to my eyes. Rather than pick on anyone here, I'll show you an ad that sums it up for me.

I like the picture on the left better than the reindeer on the right, by far. If this were my photo I'd maybe sharpen a little bit, maybe soft-focus/fog the tree directly behind the buck a little, but otherwise leave the picture alone.

What do you consider ideal for a picture? Is my taste for the natural unusual, out of fashion, or does it mark me as an amateur?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-20-2017, 03:21 AM  
Finger sized rose
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Tiny puddles in a tiny rose. Yeongildae Beach rose garden, Pohang, South Korea
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-13-2017, 03:02 PM  
Picture of the Week Picture of the Week (POTY) # 482- period covering 29 November- 14 December 2017
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Sorry, been too busy job-hunting to play with camera. Maybe next week.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-05-2017, 02:58 AM  
Picture of the Week Picture of the Week (POTY) #481- Period covering 22 Nov - 6 December 2017
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 6
Views: 882
They're adorable! Like pigeons in fancy hats!

---------- Post added 12-05-17 at 03:13 AM ----------

On the bright side, the busy was traveling and I got some lovely shots. On the downside I'm still catching up on sleep, making me even lazier more of a purist when it comes to minimal processing.

The first one is inspired by a friend who brought her DSLR to lunch and found its lens got in the way of the picture. Looking back she was sitting by the wall and I shot this picture. I'll have to fix that watermark inaminnit.
38820238671_e34bc928bb_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr

A simple supermoon
24948044138_b761c4cbe3_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr

I know this couple, and they are just that adorable in person.
38820303671_1b39fc51d3_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr

Visually the cleanest shot I got that day or it wouldn't be here. The subject, in hindsight, is rather boring.
38789693192_4c136d5031_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr

Cable cars at sunset.
38789672312_99f2ce1919_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr

Supermoon framed by bamboo.
38789686192_4aaf6d7547_owm by barbarahs, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-03-2017, 09:52 PM  
Light beam
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 37
Views: 870
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-03-2017, 09:51 PM  
Coming autumn
Posted By Barbara Fu
Replies: 6
Views: 197
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