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Old 09-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #7501
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hey guys. been mia/busy for a bit but got some track photos a few weekends ago. j/w what you guys all think.

i know this first one is not gonna be everyones cup of tea, but it's pretty aesthetically pleasing to me.

trying to get a little artsy on this one at the finish line. not sure if it worked...


experimenting with long exposure on this one. i think ~25 secs.
Nice track captures! The only thing that I don't like about both of them is the really narrow crop. I'd really want to see more of the track in both of the shots. Your night shot has some good light trails, but the location is what kills it for me. Locations can be very challenging at night, but a parking lot usually isn't going to be very great no matter what time of the day it is.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:32 PM   #7502
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So i remember some months back, KP, Armin and i were chit chatting one day. and i remember discussing going back and re-editing an old shot now that my processing techniques have changed quite a bit (got away from the HDRness)..

well, since i havent taken pics in some time (aside to a couple of flash stand tests that were all severely underexposed) i figured this would be a good time to go back into my hard drive and do just that.

this shot was originally taken on 10/26/08. haha, man, i remember pulling off the side of the road to snap it. (Big Bear Mountain). i know being mid day lighting, the rear panel highlights were blown to ****. that i couldnt recover (unless someone wants to explain the process of recovering that data).. looking at the original and the edited version, i can see exactly how my style of photo processing has changed. and i feel its for the better. just wanted to prove with some post processing practice as well as capturing some important camera data (without blowing the highlights on the car out) and with a good location behind the car, you can make a photo that doesn't just look like a snap shot.

anyhow, here is the non edited as well as the newly redesigned version. EEEK!



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Nice work, Andy! Definitely shows how experience and know-how can really make a difference Also a great example of how editing photos can really make them your own rather than just relying on what you get straight out of the camera.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:35 PM   #7503
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Not perfectly sharp, but for 1/30 of a second i am pretty happy with it .

Not sure about the crop
Yeah, I don't really like how it's going out of the frame either, but good job with the 1/30 pan! It's good to see you trying the slow shutter pans!
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:39 PM   #7504
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‎"The eye is no better than the philosophy behind it. The photographer creates, evolves a better, a more selective, more acute seeing eye by looking ever more sharply at what is going on in the world." -Berenice Abbott

I love driving around looking for new spots. Connecticut might not have the best nightlife or things to do, but at least the scenery is nice.
Love where you're going with this one. I would've tried to polarize a little more since there's still a bit of glare on it and on the hood. I also don't really like the cold white balance of the photo, simple because it seems more like it was the camera's auto white balance not getting it right rather than using a colder white balance on purpose.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:41 PM   #7505
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I have not been in here in a while unfortunately. But here is my latest submission. I edited this one with lightroom only thanks to armins newest video cant thank him enough. I still suck at shooting/editing hence why I cant merge two pictures to fix the windshield but hope you guys enjoy regardless.
Pedro, what problems are you having with the photo merging/stitching exactly? I like the composition of this photo except that if you're trying to do a full-front shot, the car needs to be totally straight in the frame.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #7506
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That shot is fantastic! I love it.

Here are some of mine, please give me some feedback on how to improve! I've only been shooting for about 2 weeks now. Trying to learn as much as I can!

I think I am overcompensating with photoshop..idk.
You've got a lot of photos posted up here. Is there something specifically that you'd like a critique on? Generally speaking, I'd say your contrast is turned up way too much, since there's very little/no shadow detail in any of your photos. Your compositions are also all over the place. Have you read the very first few posts in this thread over and over again yet?
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:46 PM   #7507
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Yeah the only crispy was this one and yeah on the left side i dont have more space

I was in monza yesterday for the 6 Round of the IDS (german drift series)
Bad weather (rained basicaly the whole day) so no smoke from the tires.

So i started to go pretty low with the shutter speed.

This one is OOC i will post a proccesed version later this week
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Another try with low shutter speed.

This one was at 1/25
Both of these are awesome! Be careful with the high contrast levels on your 1/25 photo, but the sharpness and blur is perfect. Good job!

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:17 AM   #7508
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Pedro, what problems are you having with the photo merging/stitching exactly? I like the composition of this photo except that if you're trying to do a full-front shot, the car needs to be totally straight in the frame.
My problem is gettign two pictures that are both sharp out of ten of the same shot only 1 comes out not blurry and or crisp. Unless I use an uncrisp picture. Also I need to pay more attention to detial when i shoot!
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:13 AM   #7509
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Both of these are awesome! Be careful with the high contrast levels on your 1/25 photo, but the sharpness and blur is perfect. Good job!

Thanxs for the stamp and the c&c armin.

I also have a 1/15 shot that is pretty sharp, but need to pp it first.

I even tryed to get something with 1/8 but no way (stopped after 40 unsharp pics), but i dont had calm hands this day so i will give it another try at the nŁrburgring during the european finals the next weekend.

If you use the nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 do you use the stabilation for pannings ?
I find that with pretty low shutter speeds i get more keepers wenn i shutoff the is.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:16 AM   #7510
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You've got a lot of photos posted up here. Is there something specifically that you'd like a critique on? Generally speaking, I'd say your contrast is turned up way too much, since there's very little/no shadow detail in any of your photos. Your compositions are also all over the place. Have you read the very first few posts in this thread over and over again yet?
Sorry for being so scatterbrained, this is all just very complicated And I have had multiple people telling me different things.

I definitely over did it on the contrast, I'll work on that in the future. I think I'll keep my posting to a minimal for awhile and only throw up shot's I think I did well with.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:35 AM   #7511
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My problem is gettign two pictures that are both sharp out of ten of the same shot only 1 comes out not blurry and or crisp. Unless I use an uncrisp picture. Also I need to pay more attention to detial when i shoot!
If you're shooting on a tripod, it really shouldn't happen like this. Set it up for one polarization, then use the timer or a remote to click the shutter. Then, don't touch anything except rotating the polarizer to the new position and repeat. It also helps if you maintain the same focus points for AF or just use MF the whole time.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:36 AM   #7512
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Thanxs for the stamp and the c&c armin.

I also have a 1/15 shot that is pretty sharp, but need to pp it first.

I even tryed to get something with 1/8 but no way (stopped after 40 unsharp pics), but i dont had calm hands this day so i will give it another try at the nŁrburgring during the european finals the next weekend.

If you use the nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 do you use the stabilation for pannings ?
I find that with pretty low shutter speeds i get more keepers wenn i shutoff the is.
I actually use vibration reduction on all my pans. It's a total godsend for us Nikon guys, and unfortunately I can't say how it compares to Canon's IS since I haven't used it personally.
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Sorry for being so scatterbrained, this is all just very complicated And I have had multiple people telling me different things.

I definitely over did it on the contrast, I'll work on that in the future. I think I'll keep my posting to a minimal for awhile and only throw up shot's I think I did well with.
Just out of curiosity, what have these multiple people told you exactly?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:51 AM   #7514
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Just out of curiosity, what have these multiple people told you exactly?
I've been told to: Always use manual, when shooting cars focus on shutter speed not aperture, leave the iso low, the iso is fine high, night shooting requires a long shutter speed, shoot in aperture priority when shooting cars, never shoot with a yellow light in the shot, when shooting cars only adjust the aperture, leave the car off center, never shoot dead on...always stand on one leg when shooting...etc.

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:20 PM   #7515
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I've been told to: Always use manual, when shooting cars focus on shutter speed not aperture, leave the iso low, the iso is fine high, night shooting requires a long shutter speed, shoot in aperture priority when shooting cars, never shoot with a yellow light in the shot, when shooting cars only adjust the aperture, leave the car off center, never shoot dead on...always stand on one leg when shooting...etc.

Haha everyone has their own opinion, but only few of us actually have working professional experience. I actually usually use Aperture Priority the most often. Focusing on shutter speed instead of aperture is very limiting. ISO all depends on your lighting conditions and what gear you have with you (like a tripod), not to mention the look you're going for. Night shoot does indeed require a long shutter speed, unless you decide to use strobes (which I personally am not a huge fan of). Cars aren't Green Lanterns so you don't have to worry about yellow light. Off center/dead on all depends on your overall composition.

Either way, I believe you should stop listening to those people who give you absurd advice
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:25 PM   #7516
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Haha everyone has their own opinion, but only few of us actually have working professional experience. I actually usually use Aperture Priority the most often. Focusing on shutter speed instead of aperture is very limiting. ISO all depends on your lighting conditions and what gear you have with you (like a tripod), not to mention the look you're going for. Night shoot does indeed require a long shutter speed, unless you decide to use strobes (which I personally am not a huge fan of). Cars aren't Green Lanterns so you don't have to worry about yellow light. Off center/dead on all depends on your overall composition.

Either way, I believe you should stop listening to those people who give you absurd advice

Haha thanks man. I'm just going to keep plugging away until it clicks. I'm going to try some idea I had for shots tonight using the aperture setting and see what happens. I'm sticking with car's for now until I figure all this crap out. I'm really enjoying myself though.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:47 PM   #7517
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still quite ameture with photoshop, but just curious to hear any constructive criticism.

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #7518
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still quite ameture with photoshop, but just curious to hear any constructive criticism.

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Is the light supposed to look like that on the left side where the trees are?

I like it though!
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the sun was shining on that side, so i got a lot of glare before sunset.
and thank-you for the words
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #7520
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the sun was shining on that side, so i got a lot of glare before sunset.
and thank-you for the words
Of course! I love feedback, I feel like asking for and recieving it helps you grow. You can always learn .

I have a glare problem I got last night with one of my tail lights, it totally screws the shot. What's the best way to fernagle it out?
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I was playing around with aperture and exposure on my new lens today (Canon 50mm f/1.8), and this was probably the best out of the batch...feedback would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't really frame the car how I wanted because people kept parking next to me, and I don't have a polarizer for this lens because I just got it. Other than that, what would help improve the picture?



50mm, f/6.3, ISO 200, 1/125

Also, here is another one of the car in the same position, but with different settings/pp. I'm not sure why the ISO got turned up to 800 on it...haha.



50mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/3000
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Unfortunately, Flickr says this file is unavailable
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Of course! I love feedback, I feel like asking for and recieving it helps you grow. You can always learn .

I have a glare problem I got last night with one of my tail lights, it totally screws the shot. What's the best way to fernagle it out?
Generally, using a circular polarizer will help reduce or completely eliminate glare on most car surfaces, including the tail lights.
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whoa, the hell? haha well here is the picture again

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Generally, using a circular polarizer will help reduce or completely eliminate glare on most car surfaces, including the tail lights.
So. What's a circular polarizer?
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