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Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-17-2011, 12:02 AM  
Nature smc PENTAX DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 5,187
Very alien. I really like the colours.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-25-2010, 12:39 AM  
Nature takumar 500mm f/4.5 first shots!!
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2,208
I love that hawk photo. The composition is really pleasing to my eye, and the vignetting completes it. BTW, the bird looks like it wants my soul :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-09-2010, 10:11 PM  
Machinery Import Car Meet Pics
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2,255
I really, really like the third pic. Great framing. Happen to have any pics of that yellow EK9?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-29-2010, 08:01 PM  
Nature Lightning exercise
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 5
Views: 1,991
Sweet Zeus's beard!! that last shot is badass.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-29-2010, 07:56 PM  
Macro Focus Stack + HDR
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 23
Views: 4,438
One of the best insect macro's i've ever seen. Really striking colours, and AWESOME technique. Good job!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-29-2010, 07:50 PM  
Misc If you like cars...
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 12
Views: 2,038
Man, rpf1's look good on any car they are put on. Very slick (and lightweight) wheel. Anyways I like the shots overall, but I feel that shot 2 is missing something, either in the back or foreground. A little too much empty neutral-coloured space for my liking, but that's just my opinion. Perhaps the owner could have stood in frame like they seem to do in tuner mags. You did a great job, considering the car is black along with the wheels. I know I have a hard time shooting black cars. Good work!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-13-2010, 07:28 PM  
Nature Butterfly's & Peep
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 1,561
I like the colour in these photos, however, the composition is a little lacking. Try cropping both images so that the subjects are following the "rule of thirds." In other words, try to get them out of the centre of the frame, because I don't think it works here. I think if you cropped the pics, they'd be great.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-09-2010, 11:56 PM  
Macro An Abstract Fly
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 1,235
Cool. Looks like an album cover, or as Sean Connery would say "anal bum cover"
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-20-2010, 01:56 AM  
Misc PPG Problem
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
The more the marrier I'd say. I'd be proud to have both on the PPG. But. if you are really wanting to get rid of one, I would personally get rid of the non-HDR one, as the image just looks less sharp to my eyes, maybe as it is a crop. Both great images, though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-16-2010, 02:06 AM  
Machinery The Terminator
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 1,373
I recently received a 1/6 scale figure of the terminator exoskeleton, and thought I'd take his picture. I've always thought that the terminator is one of the scariest/iconic of the movie baddies, so I tried to process the photo to give him an "I'm unstoppable, completely emotionless, and I'm going to rip your heart out" kind of look :lol:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2010, 10:44 PM  
Architecture Construction geometry
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 1,883
Awesome lines. That guy is perfectly framed too. I have a feeling if this pic wasn't captured a split second earlier or later from when you did, it wouldn't have worked. Well done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2010, 10:05 PM  
Abstract Any Merit?
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 1,287
I think it looks cool. A little too much contrast for my liking, though. I try sending all my photos through PP software. Some people are purists, and won't have any kind of software touch their photo, but I think almost every photo of mine can use something (Maybe I'm just a terrible photographer :p ) Anyways, the more you process, the better you will get at it. Plus I think it's just a lot of fun. I think you're off to a good start though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2010, 09:59 PM  
Landscape Vermillion Lakes
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1,593
Just got a couple photos accepted into the PPG, for a total of three. I'm pretty excited, as the one of the log made it into the premiere collection, making it my first. I definately wasn't expecting that; then again I've heard a lot of people on this board who say it's always the one you least suspect that makes it. These were shot at one of the Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-22-2010, 11:40 PM  
HDR Question
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 28
Views: 5,120
It's really easy to go overboard on the effect when you are just starting out. I may have been doing it wrong, but it would take me quite a while to mess with all of the sliders until I got to a point in which I was happy with the image; perhaps there is an easier way to do it, but it definately took a lot of fiddling. Also, this might only apply to Photomatix, but after you are done with the sliders, and are happy with the image, it renders the final image which will look different than the preview. This is frustrating, so, if it is available to you, I would suggest a different program, perhaps CS2. Although, I have created some of my favourite pics with Photomatix.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-14-2010, 07:03 PM  
which backpack?
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 3,907
I've only ever owned one backpack, the Tamrac Expedition 5x. I really like it, although I have nothing to compare it with. It keeps it's shape well, it's nice and comfortable, it has a whole lot of space and pockets, a small laptop compartment (I do emphasize small, though) and it has an overhang over the main zipper that youi can tighten to keep water out, while the other zippers have a tight rubber lining on the outside to also help keep water out. it does look like a camera backpack though, which some people might have a problem with. Also, to get anything out of the main compartment, you have to take the whgole thing off, and then make sure to zip it back up, or everything will come tumbling out. It will easily swallow your current kit, and leaves you lots of room for expansion.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-14-2010, 01:08 PM  
Black & White Fountain of Youth...My first PPG acceptance
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 3
Views: 1,489
After submitting around a dozen photos to the PPG, I've finally had my first acceptance! YAY! Thanks to all those who voted for it!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-21-2009, 06:30 PM  
Misc My dog on set.
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 1,356
Cool shots. Really like the lighting of the first. Must be fun/ nerve racking to do some on set shooting. I recognize that actor. He has a very cool face. This is most definately a dumb question, but I'm going to ask it anyway-- is that a real dog?

Wow....nevermind...of course it is says it's your dog in the title of the thread. I need some sleep.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-30-2009, 11:35 PM  
Nature Clownfish
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 11
Views: 2,256
Some very nice shots of some great looking fish, especially considering the lighting conditions. Is that a real anemone? If so, where would one purchase such a creature, and how the heck did you get it in the tank? BTW it looks like you have your own production of Finding Nemo going lol.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-21-2009, 12:12 AM  
People Geared for the zombie apocalypse
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 1,852
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Dugrant153, I just played the L4D2 demo. Let me tell you I would not want to alert the witch in real life :lol: The lens used was the DA* 50-135mm. I agree that the boards really make the scale obvious. I'll choose a different spot to shoot next time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-20-2009, 12:07 AM  
People Geared for the zombie apocalypse
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 1,852
I recently started another hobby that combines nicely with photography, collecting 12 inch posable figures. Here is my first figure, a GIGN operator. He is styled to resemble a member of the task force called to kill Jean Reno's character in the movie The Professional (which, if you haven't seen, do so now, as it is an AWESOME movie.) I personally think he looks like he would do well in a zombie apocalypse situation :lol:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2009, 08:44 PM  
Misc Photoshop Revisits
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2,179
Taff, Here is the image before I did a lot of editing with photoshop. This image was an HDR composed of 3 images. This is what photomatix "spit out" after processing

And here are some crops. Better? Worse?

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2009, 01:28 AM  
Night Scenes from Nightmares
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 2,459
I really like these. I think number two is my fave. I also really like the perspective of the train track photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2009, 11:47 PM  
Nature The non-shy seagull
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 1,551
I actually really like the noise, and if it were my choice, I'd choose to leave it in. Very nice DOF too. A great photo, this is.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2009, 11:40 PM  
Misc Photoshop Revisits
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 2,179
I recently got a chance to play around with CS4, and man do I love it! So, I revisited some photos of mine that I thought could use some spicing up with photoshop magic. C&C welcome.

I posted this pic a while back, but it has since been touched up in CS4 to remove some sensor dust, boost contrast and add some dodging and burning.

Now, I know a lot of people on this board absolutely HATE selective colouring, but I really didn't like the original colours in this photo except the eyes, and I thought the total B&W conversion was missing something. So...

Used CS4 to convert to B&W and remove some distractions with some burning.

Used CS4 to dodge some detail, boost contrast and saturation.

This last one was just for fun. Found this mini in a parking lot, took a pic, and decided to turn it into a mini advert. What you can't see is that the front is CAKED with bugs :lol:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2009, 10:59 PM  
Misc The days are counted
Posted By Black Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 1,722
Awesome PP work
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