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Old 01-29-2010, 08:22 AM   #46
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I'm enjoying this Rick! Can I post a few more for commentary? (Again unedited or cropped or other wise modified, straight from the Olympus)





Let's work backward. The train shot has good color with the canopy and the flags, but the dead bush in the corner bothers me. If it was flowers...unless you were making a point of the bleakness of life set against the colorful future, but I think it's just a dead bush.

The big lizard really couldn't have been shot better, unless you had the time to wait for it's eyes to open. That's really not practical under most circumstances though and I know you quite often have to take what you are given with animals.

I saved the birds for last cause I really like it. It has good color and a nice moment between them. You used the longer lens to get close and the limbs around set a good scene. Now, I took it and used it as an example of the depth-of-field I talked about earlier. The only thing that could have made it better would be for the subject, the birds, to stand out from the background a little better. That is where depth-of-field comes in. Now I know most of the point-and-shoots have little if any manual adjustments, but if there is a way to adjust it, do. Using the Sports setting often helps. Remember this, the smaller the F stop number (example F4 or F2.8) the bigger the aperture and the shallower the depth-of-field. In other words, the background will go blurrier the smaller the f-stop. Now there are other factors here and we can talk about them when we get together for our shoot and ride. But I simulated a small depth-of-field with Photoshop to show what I mean.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:28 AM   #47
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Look here you little midget..... The point I was trying to make is that I have been goofing around with the settings, I just don't know when it's appropriate to change them or which ones to even change.

This better?

Not bad, but if you can try and get in front ( or at least off the side a little) like this.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:40 AM   #48
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Thanks, Rick. I don't fully understand all of the F stuff even after working volunteer for my friend who thought he could be a professional photographer and tried to teach me a few things. I am lazy and leave the Olympus on AUTO way too often. I have tried using the pre-made settings for "Portrait" which gives a little more depth of field and blur to the background and the "landscape" setting which focus on the background and blurs the foreground (like looking off a mountain). It allows me to go into the menu and manually change all kinds of settings, I just don't know what direction to go and what the changes mean in the end result. I am really looking forward to learning more about this. I also like taking pics that play tricks with the depth of field, like this:




Oh, and that lizard pic was shot through glass so I had to work to avoid reflections and auto-focus issues because of the glass...
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:45 AM   #49
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Not bad, but if you can try and get in front ( or at least off the side a little) like this.
Yes, I agree. I am really looking forward to getting some lessons!
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Thanks, Rick. I don't fully understand all of the F stuff even after working volunteer for my friend who thought he could be a professional photographer and tried to teach me a few things. I am lazy and leave the Olympus on AUTO way too often. I have tried using the pre-made settings for "Portrait" which gives a little more depth of field and blur to the background and the "landscape" setting which focus on the background and blurs the foreground (like looking off a mountain). It allows me to go into the menu and manually change all kinds of settings, I just don't know what direction to go and what the changes mean in the end result. I am really looking forward to learning more about this. I also like taking pics that play tricks with the depth of field, like this:




Oh, and that lizard pic was shot through glass so I had to work to avoid reflections and auto-focus issues because of the glass...
Cool pic bw!
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:23 AM   #51
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I also like taking pics that play tricks with the depth of field, like this:



That's a good example of using a deep depth-of-field for effect.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:49 PM   #52
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I also like taking pics that play tricks with the depth of field, like this:

Man, she is huge , or he is a Leprechaun. COOL !!
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:12 PM   #53
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Man, she is huge , or he is a Leprechaun. COOL !!
He's a Hobbit...
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Not bad, but if you can try and get in front ( or at least off the side a little) like this.
That's one of the types of Shots I'd like to learn to do.
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What about Glamour shots?



Can you teach us?








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Old 01-29-2010, 04:26 PM   #56
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Can you teach us?








You know, I thought about it for a long time, but there's nothing I can say that would be as funny as that picture...
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You know, I thought about it for a long time, but there's nothing I can say that would be as funny as that picture...
I got one. I was laughing at your post and my son asked, "What are you laughing at." I answered, "Mr. Rick wrote something funny." Then he said (as he pointed at that awful picture) "Is that Mr. Rick."
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:49 PM   #58
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Here is a portrait pic for your review. Just excuse the moltley crew.
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I got one. I was laughing at your post and my son asked, "What are you laughing at." I answered, "Mr. Rick wrote something funny." Then he said (as he pointed at that awful picture) "Is that Mr. Rick."
Now that's just depressing.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:23 PM   #60
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Here is a portrait pic for your review. Just excuse the moltley crew.
Nothing wrong with that photo. You can see everyone's face (on second thought that might be a bit of a drawback ) and the bikes. The exposure looks pretty good. Shave a little off the bottom and you got yourself a nice group shot.
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