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So I have been going through a lot personally lately, my Mom just passed, work has slowed down to a crawl, and I find myself wandering a lot aimlessly, so I decided to pick up on my long time hobby, photography.

I found a free online site, its a class that you can submit your photos and have them critiqued.

In that time, I have two new sites I have signed up to work with the photos, and am now copyrighting them so no one will hopefully not vader them.

Anyway, I would like some opinions of my work so far, so have at it guys.
I will not take offense on any critique, it just helps me to want to perfect my work more.

I am also taking car photos now, but cannot show you any of these, as they are mostly of other peoples vettes, and dont want to reveal them without their permission.

That being said, here are some of the pics.

Pick out your favorite one, and let me know why you chose that one and how I can improve.

Thanks,
Laura





















Okay, so I fibbed. :D ONE pic of MY vette.

 

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First off, I am no expert, just another hobbyist and these critiques are my personal .02. Also I numbered my responses to match the pictures in the posted order for referencing.

1. Rule of Thirds would have helped make this pic stand out a little more. There also seems to be quite a bit of noise in the picture, Depending on your camera and your post processing software there are programs that can help reduce the problem. The only other thing I can see is that it seems the pine cone is almost out of focus. It maybe just need to be sharpened a bit along with removal of some noise and this pic could really "pop"

2. I don't see a lot of noise (which is a good thing) and the whole picture seems to have a balanced and in focus. When I do look at the picture I find myself first focusing on the 2 orbs and the lobster and noticing what else is in the picture, so depending on what you were wanting this could have been what you wanted. I would suggest maybe cropping out the drift wood in the lower right hand corner to help make the picture feel "complete."

3. Not really anything to say here. Colors are good, image is in a nice focus and crisp.

4. Same as above here, except I notice a fair amount of noise in the picture.

5. Overall it seems very white. This one also contains a lot of noise. Otherwise the flower is nice and crisp.

6. This one seems to have too much Post Processing done to it almost. The main focus appears to be the green leaves of the plant instead of the Pink flowers. Once again I notice a small amount of noise present.

7. Absolutely wonderful, Nothing to say, it looks great (I can see what appears to be your reflection though.:laughing: Just watch what angle you are taking from to fix that. :laughing: )

8. Looks good here also. The only thing I can think of is to turn the front wheels the other way so instead of seeing tire tread we would have seen the wheel. There are also quite a few bright white spots that could have been reduced by using either a polarizing filter or shooting closer to the "magic hour."

Hopefully I didn't seem to nitpicky. :laughing:
 

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First off, I am no expert, just another hobbyist and these critiques are my personal .02. Also I numbered my responses to match the pictures in the posted order for referencing.

1. Rule of Thirds would have helped make this pic stand out a little more. There also seems to be quite a bit of noise in the picture, Depending on your camera and your post processing software there are programs that can help reduce the problem. The only other thing I can see is that it seems the pine cone is almost out of focus. It maybe just need to be sharpened a bit along with removal of some noise and this pic could really "pop"

2. I don't see a lot of noise (which is a good thing) and the whole picture seems to have a balanced and in focus. When I do look at the picture I find myself first focusing on the 2 orbs and the lobster and noticing what else is in the picture, so depending on what you were wanting this could have been what you wanted. I would suggest maybe cropping out the drift wood in the lower right hand corner to help make the picture feel "complete."

3. Not really anything to say here. Colors are good, image is in a nice focus and crisp.

4. Same as above here, except I notice a fair amount of noise in the picture.

5. Overall it seems very white. This one also contains a lot of noise. Otherwise the flower is nice and crisp.

6. This one seems to have too much Post Processing done to it almost. The main focus appears to be the green leaves of the plant instead of the Pink flowers. Once again I notice a small amount of noise present.

7. Absolutely wonderful, Nothing to say, it looks great (I can see what appears to be your reflection though.:laughing: Just watch what angle you are taking from to fix that. :laughing: )

8. Looks good here also. The only thing I can think of is to turn the front wheels the other way so instead of seeing tire tread we would have seen the wheel. There are also quite a few bright white spots that could have been reduced by using either a polarizing filter or shooting closer to the "magic hour."

Hopefully I didn't seem to nitpicky. :laughing:
Not at all. :thumbsup: That is what I wanted, an honest opinion. Thanks, and I will work with them more to see if I can improve.

Laura
 

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I played with them real quick to see what I could do with them (hope you don't mind). I would really like to play with the original's if you don't mind sending them to me. Here is what I got:thumbsup: .











 

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I would say use a bigger aperature on the close ups to get more DOF I noticed quite a bit of noise in a few of the pics so lower your ISO.

What are you shooting with? Lens?
 

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All look pretty good. There is some noise in them, but that might be a product of whatever program you used to put that bevel edge on the photos. If you find that it is in the original, try dropping your ISO (film speed). With the first picture, try dropping your f-number so that you get a smaller area of focus and the pine needles with be softer.
Keep playing...snap LOTS of photos...when i go out...I will rip through 300 pictures and just take the 10 good ones to print or show people.

i like the pict of the vette...great background....very "Americana"...seems like some of the dark areas (front wheel well) lost some contrast...with a still object, you can go with a longer shutter speed (or fiddle with any of your cameras other adjustments to get the effect you want)

overall, great job...something calm and relaxing about nature photography...might be just what you need. :thumbsup:
 
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