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Old 09-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #7526
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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.


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What's funny is that what I'd suggest to improve the photo, you seemed to do by accident in the second one. With your 50mm, you should be able to use a wide aperture no problem and you can see that the blurry background helps make the car stand out from the background. Combine that with ISO 200 and I think you'll be much better off. Next time though, try to pick a location that doesn't have quite as many distractions
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:24 PM   #7527
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whoa, the hell? haha well here is the picture again
Generally, I'd like to keep this thread specific to automotive photos, but your photos is composed pretty well. The glare on the left side really kills it though...my eyes were drawn to that immediately.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:26 PM   #7528
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So. What's a circular polarizer?
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ē One filter to rule them all Ė Special effect filters can be fun, but thereís only really one filter that you need: the Circular Polarizer. The circular polarizer is key to getting rid of nasty reflections, especially those given off from windshields and other glass. Itíll also help when taking interior trim shots. I never leave home without my circular polarizer, and it should ALWAYS be in your camera bag. The only excuse not to have one is if you have a point and shoot camera that doesnít support one.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:28 PM   #7529
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yeah my apoligies. i noticed the "automotive photography" after i had posted.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:29 PM   #7530
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I had read that, but I still don't know what it is. I'd imagine it attaches to the camera somehow? I'll google it.

Edit: Googled it, read about it, makes sense.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #7531
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yeah my apoligies. i noticed the "automotive photography" after i had posted.
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I had read that, but I still don't know what it is. I'd imagine it attaches to the camera somehow? I'll google it.
Yeah, it's a filter that attaches to the end of your lens. You can then rotate the filter in order to remove reflections. You just rotate it to where you see through your eyepiece that the reflections are gone
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:42 PM   #7532
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:45 PM   #7533
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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.
thanks duder! and agreed... i still have a lot to learn though
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:28 AM   #7534
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What's funny is that what I'd suggest to improve the photo, you seemed to do by accident in the second one. With your 50mm, you should be able to use a wide aperture no problem and you can see that the blurry background helps make the car stand out from the background. Combine that with ISO 200 and I think you'll be much better off. Next time though, try to pick a location that doesn't have quite as many distractions
Thanks for the feedback! I'm new to seattle so I don't really know any good places to shoot. These were shot at Carkeek park.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:47 PM   #7535
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Thanks for the feedback! I'm new to seattle so I don't really know any good places to shoot. These were shot at Carkeek park.
Welcome to the area! Carkeek is kind of a sucky spot for auto photos...tried it once, but it was just too busy and there wasn't enough nice background. I would try the Alki Boat Launch (always pretty decent) or Golden Gardens if you're looking for some water behind you.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:00 PM   #7536
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Welcome to the area! Carkeek is kind of a sucky spot for auto photos...tried it once, but it was just too busy and there wasn't enough nice background. I would try the Alki Boat Launch (always pretty decent) or Golden Gardens if you're looking for some water behind you.
I've been meaning to go to Alki but I've been kinda busy lately. And I've been to Golden Gardens two times for those big NWN meets, but that was before I had my DSLR. I'm gonna try to go to one/both of them here soon. Do you know of any other good spots in the north Seattle/Shoreline area?
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:10 PM   #7537
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I've been meaning to go to Alki but I've been kinda busy lately. And I've been to Golden Gardens two times for those big NWN meets, but that was before I had my DSLR. I'm gonna try to go to one/both of them here soon. Do you know of any other good spots in the north Seattle/Shoreline area?
I shoot at Magnuson Park quite a bit since it's only about 5 min from my house and they have a ton of good spots, so it doesn't always look the same. Other than that though, there aren't really many good spots in the North Seattle/Shoreline area for car photos with a nice, watery background.
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:53 PM   #7538
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^im jealous you two get to share locations together...

Jag, come talk to me... wanna shoot? in my bedroom??? (no homo)







..... ok yea that got weird, im sorry.
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:06 PM   #7539
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^im jealous you two get to share locations together...

Jag, come talk to me... wanna shoot? in my bedroom??? (no homo)







..... ok yea that got weird, im sorry.
I really don't know how you can say that and expect "no homo" to be in effect
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:10 PM   #7540
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I didn't realize you guy's were into that kind of photography.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:09 PM   #7541
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^ oh im open to everything (except nudes of dudes)

actually got my start in automotive thanks to this thread. but now, automotive only makes a percentage of my photog. just enjoy seeing the world through the viewfinder.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:09 PM   #7542
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double post fail. im a photographer, not an internet wiz.

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Old 09-24-2011, 12:44 AM   #7543
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I shoot at Magnuson Park quite a bit since it's only about 5 min from my house and they have a ton of good spots, so it doesn't always look the same. Other than that though, there aren't really many good spots in the North Seattle/Shoreline area for car photos with a nice, watery background.
I just looked Magnuson up on Google Maps and it's pretty close to my place, I think I'll go check it out tomorrow morning! Also, do you know of any good parking lots or neat buildings up here that make good backgrounds?

EDIT: So I made it out to Magnuson this morning, but I woke up a little late so I didn't get there until around 10:00 ish. Apparently there was some huge marathon today so most of the parking lots were really full.. So, again I couldn't take all the shots I wanted. But this was probably the best picture I was able to get before the horrid 12:00 sun (even though 10:00 sun isn't much better). I accidentally shot it with the visor down and with two trees poking out of the top.. But other than that what do you think?



50mm, f/2.8, ISO100, 1/1600, manual focus

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:51 PM   #7544
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I'm thinking I need to pick up some better lenses.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:12 AM   #7545
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:58 PM   #7546
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^im jealous you two get to share locations together...

Jag, come talk to me... wanna shoot? in my bedroom??? (no homo)







..... ok yea that got weird, im sorry.
WTF?! Didn't see this until today.....



I'm just bummed I didn't get to come over. LOL

Something a little different in post, tried to fit the vintage feel of the car. I also was experimenting with wide angle panning which is fun - a much different perspective when you're close up. What do you guys think?



Edit: It's better at a higher resolution, click here. It's actually raining in the shot and you can see some drops above his head.

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Old 09-27-2011, 12:35 PM   #7547
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hi res is much better, i agree on that. i like the style of vintage edit. but that car must have been traveling quite slow. (assuming turning into cars and coffee parking lot?) i think it needs a little more panning motion to complete the feel. did you snap any slower than 1/80th?
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #7548
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Yep, he was coming into the parking lot and he was slowing down quite a bit at that point. I was shooting at 1/80 with a lot of good results for the cars pulling out of the lot and flooring it down the street. So I zoomed way out and shot at the same speed when I saw this guy coming my way.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:56 PM   #7549
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I just looked Magnuson up on Google Maps and it's pretty close to my place, I think I'll go check it out tomorrow morning! Also, do you know of any good parking lots or neat buildings up here that make good backgrounds?

EDIT: So I made it out to Magnuson this morning, but I woke up a little late so I didn't get there until around 10:00 ish. Apparently there was some huge marathon today so most of the parking lots were really full.. So, again I couldn't take all the shots I wanted. But this was probably the best picture I was able to get before the horrid 12:00 sun (even though 10:00 sun isn't much better). I accidentally shot it with the visor down and with two trees poking out of the top.. But other than that what do you think?


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Tough exposure given the time of day, but you did all right. I'd say the car is just a little too close to the bottom right edges, but what really stands out is that your wheels are almost totally blown out and the trees in the background look very artificial as the sky was darkened in post processing.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:57 PM   #7550
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Can anyone tell me what setting/setup was used for this? I love how this looks:

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