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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:24 pm 
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Hi to all you experts...help, PLEEZ!

Here is a photo "as is", and I like it very much, but want to make it the best it can be....taken just outside Tamboti after a very uneventful game drive. I challenged my SO to at least give me a nice sunset shot, and this is what transpired. Thanks to all who can offer your most appreciated suggestions.

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hope you don't mind but i tried something with your picture, what do you think of this.?

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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what do other people think of this photo now

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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That Rhino Sunset is such an awesome photo.

Here's my offering

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I'd be interested in suggestions on my general approach as well as ways these shots could be better.

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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You're lighting looks great and can't comment much, nice job. With the shot of the Impalas, if you've used a larger apperture, all 3 ram's faces will be more in focus which may look nice, but maybe you wanted the DOF the way it is. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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The impies I would have preferred to see in portrait mode, so that the poor animals get their legs back. Otherwise it's a good photo, good DOF, and space on both sides for the flanking inpies to look into. (Which with a portrait would not have happened.)

The other two have too much background. You wiped the EXIF info from your photos, so I can't see which aperture you used, but I'm guessing f/8 or maybe f/11.
If you had opened up your lens 2 stops you would have eliminated a lot of background, drawing the viewers attention to the animals.

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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@ Nick_14

Your pics seem fine under the circumstances that the subjects presented themselves to you.. Yes, DOF could of been shorter but as far as composition goes, all your subjects are too central.. you should leave space on one side of your subject and maybe utilising the rule of thirds would produce a more pleasing image.. my 2c..

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Thank you very much for your feedback. I have an obsession with centering everything I tell myself not to before I begin photographing and forget about it 3 seconds later. It's really something I need to work on.

I'll experiment more with my DOF as well, most of my subjects over the past 5 years have been aircraft. DOF becomes far less important when there is no background other than blue sky and all you want is as much of the aircraft as possible in focus. Also when your subject is moving so much faster you try to judge where it will be at a particular moment and then shoot.

I think I've got it right once or twice though.

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Thanks again I'm looking forward to experimenting.


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Nick what a pic :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Hi All,

I took this photo at the low level crossing over the Olifants River on the S90 near Balule.
I was a bit rushed and the photo is blurred. I have tried sharpening in PhotoShop, but the results aren't much better. Can I somehow still salvage this? And if so, how? Advice much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Yoda, an unsharp photo is just that, an unsharp photo.
No program in the world can change that.... Sorry!

All you can do is make it a little more artistic, like this for instance:

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But before you do that, straighten the horizon a bit. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Yip, agree with DQ, you have to get the shot sharp, in focus and exposure pretty close to spot on - Photoshop and the like you can then tweek and enhance, but you cant enhance something that's wrong. It happens to us all unfortunately... :?

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Duques & Switchback. Thanks. I suspected as much :(
Just hoped there was maybe some secret that I didn't know about.

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I was sitting there in the car with my camera on my lap and the Hippo was just lying in the water. I had taken loads of other Hippo photos so didn't bother to have my camera ready. All of a sudden it lifted its head and opend its mouth. :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:


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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Yip, tat happens, and I'm sure every photographer has stories like that. You could be sitting next to a herd of springbok just grazing away, not thinking to have your camera ready and suddenly a cheetah makes a dash for them... :?

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 Post subject: Re: Help me with my photo
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Hi Guys

Here are some photos that I hope you can help me- I do not have PS (yet-though I doubt if I ever will), but would be interested to see what you can do with these. I am generally hppy with them, but what I can do with them is very limited. Let's see what you can come up with.

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For this one, you will notice I had some dirt on my sensor. More important, can that obnoxious thorn be removed that is obscuring the wing? This was taken in Pilansberg-is that allowed :hmz:
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Look forward to seeing if you can convince me in investing in PS!

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