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Can't stop the [PHOTO]

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  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    Some more sunset-time photos:

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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    Been a while! I have very little to contribute! (but y'all are all killing it!)

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  • CommunistCowCommunistCow Registered User regular
    Finally remembered to bring my camera AND tripod when I went out to the mountains.

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    No, I am not really communist. Yes, it is weird that I use this name.
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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    @Sublimus Can you talk about your process for composition, setting selection, and editing? You've pulled off an almost painting-like look there.

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  • joshgotrojoshgotro Registered User regular
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    does it?
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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    @Orca Sure!

    When walking around the biggest thing I'm generally looking for is some kind of interesting lighting. Maybe because I paint too, my inclination for "interesting lighting" is already in some way painterly.

    For composition, I honestly just rely very heavily on the rule of thirds, and always try and have something that indicates depth. In the first photo, I wasn't able to really get anything in the FG, so one way I'll try and get some depth in that situation is with a gradient on the bottom, shifting the tint/color balance (and lower value and lower contrast, sometimes crank down the sharpness for like a fake depth of field). That way there is a subtle change in color/value/sharpness, which kind of adds depth.

    As for editing, I usually mess with the basic sliders a ton. Getting the value relationships feeling right is probably a big part of the painterly look. I almost always tint towards magenta and color balance towards blue. Unless it's like a warm sunny day, I really prefer a cooler palette. I usually also put a pretty heavy vignette on it. And then I've started doing more split toning/color grading lately too. Often I just crank the saturation up way too high, move it around to whatever color looks the most natural, and then take the saturation down to a less crazy level. I find this gets a lot of subtle color in the image without it looking like you just cranked the saturation slider way up.

    No idea if any of that is unique, but that's what I do! Hope it helps!

  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Thanks for the info. I think it's the color grading step that's doing the most work here for lending to that painterly look.

    It's a cool style that works well for your subjects.

  • BladeXBladeX Registered User regular
    edited October 2021
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    Here have some swans!

    EDIT: I feel like there's too much.. contrast or something on this and I didn't even add any.. something feels off on it.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    I went on a trip recently.

    I saw animals!

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    I saw itty bitty waterfalls!

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    And most of all I saw fall!

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    Utah is pretty y'all!

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  • TheBigEasyTheBigEasy Registered User regular
    I have lurked this thread on and off for a while, thought I'd contribute a couple of fotos myself. Picked up a Canon M50 in summer 2020 and have shot a ton of fotos since then. Here are a few from a recent trip to the Dutch island of Texel.

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  • TheBigEasyTheBigEasy Registered User regular
    Went out today to a park nearby and took my camera. Weather was great and autumn was in full bloom, so to speak :biggrin: . Managed to shoot a few animals, as well as a bit of colour.

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  • barcsbarcs Registered User regular
    love the colours of these! you've a great eye!

  • TheBigEasyTheBigEasy Registered User regular
    A couple of weeks ago, I sat on my couch and had lunch - and a buzzard (I think you Americans also call this a hawk, at least according to wikipedia) decided to have his lunch as well on the building opposite my balcony. So naturally I snapped a few photos. He sat there for at least 10-15 minutes, but I could never figure out what he actually ate. Probably a mouse.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Might be of interest for inspiration for those of us doing landscapes: https://naturallandscapeawards.com/gallery-2021/

    Some pretty damn cool shots and moments captured, both large and small.

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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    Early morning in Central Park

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  • minor incidentminor incident Registered User regular
    Love that spot for photos.

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    Shot this nearby one day when I was finishing off a roll of ektar 100.

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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    It feels like ages since I have taken photos, but having just moved to Colorado, feels like a good time to do so. All these are straight out of camera, no editing, using a Kodachrome 'recipe' for my Fuji:

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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    Two more from NYC. Kind of standard shots, but whatever.

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  • minor incidentminor incident Registered User regular
    Ya ain’t a real New Yorker until you’ve taken that pic of the Manhattan Bridge.

    a handshake of carbon monoxide, no alarms and no surprises
  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    Yeah it's pretty played out, but I figured I would at least get mine while I was there haha!

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  • SublimusSublimus Registered User regular
    edited December 2021
    One more from the park. Probably should have waited to post these after all of editing was done instead of posting in three posts lol

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  • ProspicienceProspicience Registered User regular
    NYC shots, along with sunsets I don't think I'll ever get tired of. Always a unique take even if they've been photographed a bajillion times.

    Haven't poasted here forever, seeing some great stuffs. And welcome to CO @oldmanken !!! Here's some of my favorites from spring/summer/fall. I just went on a tiny trip so I'll post some new new here in the next few daisies.
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  • TheBigEasyTheBigEasy Registered User regular
    Recently visited my dad in Dresden and went around with my camera again.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    edited April 24
    It's springtime, and the dull browns and greys are giving way to color!

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    Flora:
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    Fauna:
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    And people:
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    I've gotten pretty lazy, so everything is just shy of straight out of the camera. Adjusted exposure and crop, and for a few played a little bit with the sliders. Downsampled by 4x so the forums don't get too bitchy. The 100-400mm lens was wholly unnecessary and expensive, but it's made the wildlife photography much more tenable. Though the eagle was far enough away I was wishing for that 800 PF Nikon just announced...

    Orca on
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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Bonus shot from last Thanksgiving:

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    Image cropped, but otherwise SOOC.

    What can I say, I like sunset silhouettes.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Birding season is on folks!

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    ...waitaminute, that last one isn't a bird.

    ...but maybe it wants to be one? Composition doesn't work, but it was a strange sight seeing all those turtles lined up behind that cormorant.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    edited June 3
    How about some different birds?

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    Plus a couple bonus shots because I like them even though they're a bit repetitive:
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  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    Recently I was out trying to take photos of the milky way while visiting small-town alberta, had a weird sky glow getting in the way which made no sense given there wasn't a city to the north, and then realised what was actually going on:

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  • TheBigEasyTheBigEasy Registered User regular
    I have one of those different birds as well, Orca.

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    Its the medical helicopter at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, around sunset. Don't actually remember if it was landing or taking off at this point.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Can anybody in the US recommend an insurer for photography equipment since I’ll be going overseas with a bunch of gear? The internet seems damn near useless for this kind of query these days. The few hits I saw had universally poor feedback or are for people running businesses.

    All else fails I guess I could ring up State Farm and make sure their single item limit isn’t too low?

  • SynthesisSynthesis Registered User regular
    Note to self: Look into insuring equipment.

    Could anyone recommend from experience a stamp (as in, rubber and ink pad, etc.) that works well on the plastic/glossy surfaces of printed photographs?

    In an attempt to promote my website, I got the idea that I'd bring a portable photo printer to events, but sent directly from my camera, I can't actually insert any kind of watermark. The next best solution seems to be just to stamp a watermark in the corner with basic information, web address, etc., but it'd need to be a stamp that worked well on glossy paper. I suppose whatever I go with, I'd need it to be quick-drying.

  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    edited October 3
    Looking to get some holiday pictures of our cats for Christmas Cards. Taking them somewhere is out of the question, they are indoor cats and don't do well in new places. However it's way too early to put up holiday stuff, but you need to submit the photo's here soon since it takes time for the cards to print and then for us to ship.

    Is it feasible to setup a backdrop or green screen? We might be able to get them to sit in a basket long enough in front of something to get some pictures. But I have no idea how any of that works. Does it require expensive software?

    EDIT: or is there another photo option I'm missing? Zoom/MS Teams both have video camera background tech. Is there an easier way to take a picture and then slap a background in?

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Photoshop, Affinity Photo or basically any software that has masking ability along with a smart select will be able to do what you're looking for.

    Beware of Adobe products; while you can pay monthly, the subscription is in something like 1 year increments if I'm remembering some of the complaints right. Read the agreement before signing on the dotted line (I personally avoid rental software).

  • minor incidentminor incident Registered User regular
    Yeah, Affinity Photo is just about on par with photoshop in most respects and constantly improving. And yeah, a single $25 to $50 (depending on whether you catch it on sale), vs $120 a year for Photoshop.

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  • DocshiftyDocshifty Registered User regular
    edited 9:01PM
    Humble has 2 software bundles right now, one for photos and one for "painting"

    I got the photo bundle, which is Photolemur, Aurora HDR, and Luminar AI. Luminar and Aurora may be able to most if what you need (I am not a proficient photo techsman).

    The painting bundle comes with programs which might work, AfterShot Pro 3 among others.

    $20 and $32 to get all of each bundle, respectively.

    https://www.humblebundle.com/software/photo-editing-cyber-bundle-with-luminar-ai-software

    https://www.humblebundle.com/software/anything-but-ordinary-painter-bundle-encore-software

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