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a few more from todays experiments

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first time i've shot in RAW and got anything okay to use (i shot in .PEF last time and my program couldn't open it XD this time they are DNG) i converted them obviously, but i have to say the quality is MUCH better compared to the likes of JPEG, i might use it more often i can see what people mean about flexibility as well.

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there are more just see how these three go down first :)

i NEED absolute honest critique on these images, i am looking to improve my photography skills so honesty and advice is MUCH appreciated. :thumbsup:

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I like the first 2, not keen on the last

The 1st one theres an old saying "The devils in the detail" the dust in the binos lens stands out a mile give it a good kleen if your gonna go in close

The 2nd good exposure, well composed, good colour and background, For me spoiled by a lack of DOF needs more depth of field or if you have a program that suports it "Focus stacking"

Here a few from today

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I replaced the white background with a black one here and used the second flash to give extra side lite

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thanks for the criticism hammer, The binocs have been given a good clean since that photo when i noticed the dust on them :o

i'll look into the DOF bit, might be my mode, again. can't get my head around all these modes XD

i think what does it with the 3rd is the eyepiece in the corner, it looks awkward being there, out of focus and is perhaps a deterrent. looking on it with a pair of rested eyes is a great thing XD

love the new ones! my fave is the third, the black background really brings out the red and the white of the Dice. :thumbsup:

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Impressive work Hammer :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I like the white background version more because there are clipped highlights on black version which kind of destroys it for me.

Really good job on these pictures Hammer. I have to try it sometimes.

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Thanks Zeko,

And yes i prefer the white background too, the problem with the black BG is that the water, after a couple of hours having things dropped into it had become full of dust and stuff, before i changed to the black BG. Every little bit of that dust stood out like a snow storm in the images :wall: Hence some CS5 work was needed. Next time i will try the black first, while the water is dust free.

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Had another crack at this today with a fresh tank of water. Its still very hard to get the water clear, there's always some dust or air bunbbles on the inside of the glass !! I also changed my set up. I moved the flash above the tank a bit higher and put a home made beauty dish on it

It worked well,

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A variation on the splash theme

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WOW!!! fantastic pics Hammer, they are so clear and the focus is spot on. :thumbsup:

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NICE work Hammer.

I didn't realize Snap-on was available in the UK.

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Amazing Hammer! First one is looking very pro! Good contrast and good framing.

Here are some pictures of my little angel Stella. I went in B&W on these 3 shots. Sometimes pictures are way better when you remove color IMHO.

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Thanks Zeko :thumbsup:

Your right about the B&W thing too, they make much more interesting pics.

I like the close ups, he second ones gives a great sence of scale with the adult finger in the picture :thumbsup:

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Went up to North Wales today for the sheer fun of it, this is one of the photos taken:

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It was taken in a moving car, so i'm glad i got what i got really I've edited it to remove some fencing as it was acting as a deterrent and i've also edited the color as it looked a tad flat.

Brutally honest as per last time. it is RECOMMENDED that you don't 100% the image, there is blur and some anomalies from the healing brush.

Thanks

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A slash of colour , i used coloured foil card behind the water tray and fired a weak flash at it . I upped the vibrance a touch in photo shop

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Killer shots Hammer! Looks like you perfected the splash photography. Nice work!

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Alex, the 1st rule is

Always get out off the car to take the shot :thumbsup:

if the car driver doest want to stop, i find the old " im gonna be sick " trick, works a treat :x

But on the whole it not too bad , if you had not mentioned the patch tool i dont think i would have noticed,

I would have stuck a high pass on the pic and boosted the contrast and the greens like this

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And possibley lost the bottom were its out of focus

hope thats honest enough for you

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Alex, the 1st rule is

Always get out off the car to take the shot :thumbsup:

trust me, if it wasn't a narrow Welsh road with cars behind us, i would have :rofl:

i thought it was a botch up kept going off in all different directions, I'll try the contrast and color boost, and crop it off a bit, thanks hammer :)

should have closed the Aperture a bit :unsure:

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Killer shots Hammer! Looks like you perfected the splash photography. Nice work!

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks Zeko :thumbsup:

Have you ever done anything with ice or things frozen in ice ?

care to share some tips :whistle:

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Do you get overexposed pictures with ice? Ice is very reflective so i would try with polarising filter to cut some reflections out. Also you might want to experiment with light source position. I would try to illuminate ice from side.

And maybe try with white background first? It should end up nice if you have something with well saturated colors frozen inside.

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Took the Camera out for another stretch today, i think there might be something wrong with the sensor, the images aren't as sharp as normal :/

Aah well!

Here are a few :)

1)

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2)

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I might blur out that twig on number five, it seems to be the first thing I look at.

Same as usual please, just keep in mind like i said, something isn't right with the sensor

Anyone know why the Black Edge keeps turning up on the RAW? maybe because it hasn't been processed?

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The 1st two are nice but need a bit more punch in the colour, i would also tone down the bright yellow tulips in the back ground aswell .

As for the Bee well im just jealous of that one nice job :yes:

The wind chimes ? i find hard to comment on as its not my taste in pictures

The squirrel is nice, could do with a little more DOF 5 and 7 and yes the twig is distracting. 6 would have bveen a good shot except for the framing , just cutting his feet off spoils it

And remember, there just my thoughts and not necessarily the wright ones :thumbsup:

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thanks Hammer great advice as always! :thumbsup: i agree on the colour definitely, I've tried numerous little ways on #2

Here's two of them, doesn't look right to me, but it was a very quick mockup

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I'm working on the first one.

Wind chimes, don't worry, not my style either, i thought I'd broaden my horizons a little

Thanks about the bee, I had the pictures you took not long ago in my head for inspiration :thumbsup:

Havent been able to fix the DOF on #5 and #7 but what i have done (or tried to do) is removed the twig:

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I wondered what it would look like portrait focused primarily on the squirrel as well (sorry about the grain):

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Agreed on #6 i'll remember to get the feet in next time :thumbsup:

they may not be the right thoughts, but they are certainly helpful :yes:

Thanks again Hammer.

I'm still sorting though the images there are plenty left but i'll wait until i've binned off the crap ones.

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