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Old 01-28-2010, 01:01 PM   #16
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Very cool photos redduck. Did you take them all?
Yes, I shot everything on the site. And that's just a small fraction of everything I've done since 1980.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:03 PM   #17
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+1 So do we get to start posting some of our favorite pics and you can critique them for us in preparation for next months class??
Not a bad idea at all. I won't call it a critique though, let's just call it encouragement.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:54 PM   #18
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Okay, guess I'll go first. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my collection... (Be gentle with me, I can't stand too much rejection!)

Wrigley Field, 2005:


Ross Barnett Reservoir: (It's tough to drive the boat AND take the pictures)


Tiger, Memphis Zoo:


Dixie National Rodeo:


And I have many more I'd like to have advice on, but that should get us started!
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:46 PM   #19
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I might be interested as well. I can steal the wife's SLR, and I have a nice P&S too. I've been wanting to start learning my way into amateur photography....Weekend would be key with my work schedule.

Reduck, those are some NICE shots...

Backwoods, yours ain't too shabby either!!!

I'd post some of mine, but the damn CF card they are on is dead, and we can't get the pics off
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:48 PM   #20
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Okay, guess I'll go first. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my collection... (Be gentle with me, I can't stand too much rejection!)
Hey, these are not bad at all. Good action in the tube and a nice in between moment at baseball. The thing that I see at first is the thing I see with a lot of people, with the exception of the rodeo shot, they all need to be shot closer (and I mean with a longer focal length not physical distance) to the subject. The baseball is good at the distance, but for maximum impact it should be cropped more squarish-vertical to get rid of the dead space, though it was not far off to begin with. Let me find some similar examples I've shot and post them to show you what I mean. The rodeo shot is similar to some I have shot before. You notice that there are two shadows. If you shot it wider, then cropped it where both shadows were in the frame, then it would take on a more graphically pleasing shape. Keep in mind that stuff like this is subjective and this is just my opinion. Someone else might not like those crops. Overall I think you have a good eye for interesting images.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:05 PM   #21
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Not easy.

Not always easy to get close to animals or action. That's why the longer optical zoom you can afford the better:
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Rodeo

A similar (but different) rodeo shot.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:20 PM   #23
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I'd post some of mine, but the damn CF card they are on is dead, and we can't get the pics off
Try this program:

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:32 PM   #24
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Here are some of mine. Critique... I mean encourage at will.







I find that the more pictures I take, the more good ones I get. Which should be obvious to everybody, but it's something that I've just realized. I delete a LOT

EDIT: Redduck- Just looked at your site. You can share all the tips you'd like, but you are in no danger of me taking any of your business. You take some nice shots.
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Great idea Rick. I look forward to this.
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Im in! Only have a Blackberry, LOL. I do find the topic very interesting. I would like a Small PS camera, much like the one Backwoods has, or something similar. This would be a nice fun way to make a camera buying decision. Research in person, or somethhing like that.
Redduck have you saw Ebbs15's, work?
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Rick, it is hard to see a lot of the changes once photobucket processes them, then the forum sizes them. :)

all of the ones I've posted so far were taken with one of two Olympus Digital cameras I have. They are uncropped of otherwise edited besides what photobucket does. The Wrigley field and rodeo shots were both taken from way up in the cheap seats. The cameras have a 20x optical zoom and another 10 digital zoom, but I usually don't use the digital zoom.
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You can share all the tips you'd like, but you are in no danger of me taking any of your business. You take some nice shots.
Thank you, and trust me, I've gone through a lot of film (and now digital images) to learn how to do it. And even then I only get a few shots I really like. Now...

First, the fire shot is a nice fun portrait and you managed to get a face without much motion blur, something that is difficult to do by such low light as a fire. My only real change would be to crop some of the dead space above his head, but then that's subjective. The second is a nice portrait, and I'd assume you meant to keep the cup in focus (with the Holiday Cheer message) as a way to say something about your subject. That's a common practice, drop your main subject a little out of focus in order to bring attention so something that you want to emphasize. And lastly, the only real complaint I have, and I don't know if you could have avoided them, are the power lines. They take away from the nice colors of the sunset. You could have fill-flashed the bike to make it stand out from the background, but the silhouette works well also and I like to use them myself on occasion. Next time maybe you could also try putting the camera on timer and stand behind the bike to add a human element to the photo just to see how you like it.

Man I'm impressed with the talent I've seen here so far. Just goes to show that motorcycle riders in this group are a creative bunch of folks.
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Rick, it is hard to see a lot of the changes once photobucket processes them, then the forum sizes them. :)
Yea, that why I work with as big a monitor as I can. It's really hard to appreciate a good photo when it's small. We fight with our editors about size (no dirty comments here please) all the time.
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Redduck,

These pics are me fooling around with the settings but of the same subject. I want to know when and why to change apperture, f-stop etc to take great pics.







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