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Old 10-16-2011, 03:31 PM   #7651
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Nothing too exciting, except it was the first time in a while I've taken photos of my car. I tried to polarize it differently for the reflections of the leaves (not to be to strong) but retain it as a "fall/autumn" shot

Give it to me, what'd I do wrong or well haha
Yeah, depending on where the sun is, sometimes you can't remove windshield glare with a polarizer no matter what you do. Composition is spot-on, but is there a particular reason why you didn't stick with a wider aperture for more subject separation? You could use a tiny bit more exposure, but overall it's still pretty good.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:39 PM   #7652
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took this picture recently... the car obviously isnt the focus of the shot, but let me know what you guys think.
I would say that the car is actually a bit of a distraction in your more landscape-oriented shots, so I wouldn't have included any of it in there unless you had more of the car in the frame. Also, when you're doing landscape shots, you need to make sure that your horizon is level. I understand the height in which you shot your last photo, but that road doesn't seem all that busy, so I would shoot that with the car actually on the road and posed nicely for the camera. Finally, each of the photos is quite a bit underexposed and the white balance is a bit on the cold side.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:15 PM   #7653
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Andy and Igor are spot-on with their critiques...the shot is really underexposed. You can still create a dark shot with post-processing, but it's important to get a good exposure to start so that you don't lose details. Most photos that you see are processed in kind of a dark manner have areas that are exposed properly so that certain areas are highlighted, and that only works if you start with a good exposure.
Thanks! I'm definitely going to try that. I'm really green when it comes to photography, so all the help and advice is extremely appreciated. I can't grow if I don't know what to improve upon!
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #7654
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The car is really close to the edges of the frame in almost every shot, but what you're really missing is a circular polarizer. I can't stress this filter enough, but when it comes to shooting a black car, it's pretty much absolutely necessary.
Yea idk why i got so close to the edges i usually dont do that. Also with the CPL it broke as i opened my bag and fell to the floor.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:24 PM   #7655
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i will be posting in here soon ohhh yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! just a picture to keep the thread going flickr changed what i edited so its underexposed also windows are open which is gay but i edited it anyway more to come in the next coming days! I seriously need a new lens


STI FCF by vilar17, on Flickr
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:55 AM   #7656
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:41 AM   #7657
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my first official drift shot, man this is one of my favorites (out of mannny) ill give it to you guys though, fast paced car drifting is NOT an easy panning shot. eeeek! RESPEC!

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Old 10-18-2011, 02:38 AM   #7658
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i will be posting in here soon ohhh yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! just a picture to keep the thread going flickr changed what i edited so its underexposed also windows are open which is gay but i edited it anyway more to come in the next coming days! I seriously need a new lens
Yeah Pedro, I don't think it's an issue with Flickr making it underexposed, it's the 1/1000 shutter speed that's made it underexposed. This can happen very easily when the sun is really bright and you're shooting a light-colored car (even worse when it's white), since the metering can be thrown off (especially when you're shooting in Aperture Priority mode).

The composition though is pretty good, but the car might be just a tad low in the frame. I think you know what to do in terms of exposure next time around though
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:44 AM   #7659
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Heres my latest (and best). Great tips too!
Both of your photos would really use more exposure. It's good that you shot these on a tripod, but the É5.6 unfortunately isn't cutting it. Being as dark as it looks, if you wanted to keep that aperture for sharpness, you're really going to need much long shutter speeds (probably at least 1 min) to get a proper exposure. Unfortunately, I don't believe your D60 has a bulb mode, but if it does, you're still going to need a remote shutter release to take photos at that long of a shutter speed. You could try to open the aperture wider, but that's going to be dependent of your lens' maximum aperture and if the aperture changes with focal length.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:38 AM   #7660
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Good stuff. I think your first and textured shots could use a little less angle, and overall I'd probably add a little more Blacks and a tiny bit more exposure to the car shots, but otherwise they look great. Your product shots are just about as perfect as you can get though. Nice work!
Thanks for the comments. I also noticed that the shots looked a bit flat. I tried upping the exposure a hair, but it seemed to make them look even more washed out. Any suggestions on getting more blacks and more exposure?

I normally adjust exposure in RAW so that nothing is being clipped. In Photoshop I set the black and white points, and then move the midpoint slider to tweak the exposure. Not sure why these shots came out so flat... Always looking to learn more
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:55 AM   #7661
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irwindale forumula d finales ?
yes sir

was a great time. just not entirely easy to capture it with a camera. i need some more practice
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:55 PM   #7662
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yes sir

was a great time. just not entirely easy to capture it with a camera. i need some more practice
nice i was there also and forgot my camera 8 hrs away hahaha sucks for me.

nice picture though,did you have a media pass or something it be in the in field
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:36 PM   #7663
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thoughts? tinkering with some hdr. any comments on composition, color, etc. would be appreciated.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:02 PM   #7664
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nice i was there also and forgot my camera 8 hrs away hahaha sucks for me.

nice picture though,did you have a media pass or something it be in the in field

Thanks dude! yea i was there with KP shooting for NWMotiv you have to apply to get on the track. (usually through a media outlet, i dont believe they let freelancers in there?)
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:09 PM   #7665
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^^one of the more tastfull HDR I've seen.

How do you interlace photos on PS? People have suggested taking several pictures from the same vantage point and compose 1 to bring out the skies, then another to compose the object then the last to bring out the foreground (if needed/wanted). I have CS2, I can't figure it out.. I tried youtube video's which are not my version of CS.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #7666
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I actually used Photomatix to tonemap my photos. I combine a total of 5 images for my hdr photos. I use my camera on a tripod and use the bracket setting to take the "normally" exposed image, and then images at -/+3 EV and -/+6 EV.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:13 PM   #7667
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:14 PM   #7668
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Nate panning shot

Some from the 6 round IDS in Monza (I)

1/25 120mm



1/30 80mm



1/15 140mm



greetings from switzerland

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:52 PM   #7669
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WTH JDMCRIS those are so damn crisp they could be fake lol (obviously not)

Excellent shots!
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:55 AM   #7670
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^ Agreed. The first shot especially is money!



And R3VOLUTION, you're still underexposing your shots. Maybe try and put it in Aperture Priority to let the camera expose for you (instead of Manual) just for now.
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:32 AM   #7671
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Such sharpness at 1/15... wtf! haha
Nice work Chris!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:41 AM   #7672
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SkimSTI
Nate panning shot

Some from the 6 round IDS in Monza (I)

1/25 120mm



1/30 80mm



1/15 140mm



greetings from switzerland

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what settin did u use?
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:09 AM   #7673
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went to something called "dankfest" awhile ago...the only pics i took were on the way there cause all the cars at the meet were slammed 240's and vw's...anyway, this is my favorite one out of the set, with my favorite edits....editing is still my weakest point....
also, thinking that there's a little too much jdm angle....but anyway....







here's the original...if someone's feeling creative
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:44 AM   #7674
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Thanxs for the props guys ; )

You can trust me they arent faked, i am noob in postprocessing so it will be so much work for me to get this result using ps.
Take a look at the cone in front of the 300zx to get the idea how long the exposure was ; )

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Shutter priorety
AI SERVO
Burst Mode
And i also setted the ai servo speed a little bit slower so it dont react fast on objects in the way during your pan.

But if you goin that low it has also a lot of other points that you need to take care of.

The car must retain the same distance from you during the pan.
I have a pretty simple way to verify that, i set as an example 80mm and then i try to pan the car in the corner wher i wanna take the picture without shooting, if the car stays in the same location of the frame during the whole pan you are good to go.

On top you really need a good driver if you go that low with the shutter speed, the driver needs to reatain the same angle during the pan . If he opens or close the steering angle during th 1/20 of a second also it will result in a not sharp wheel.
If you have a driver who needs to correct the angle of the car it will not work.
It also dipends on the tracklayout how slow you can go.

I hope it helps and sry for my bad english ; )

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:57 AM   #7675
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Maybe try and put it in Aperture Priority to let the camera expose for you (instead of Manual) just for now.
Yeah, what whole set I shot was under exposed, I wanted to post the other ones up to get some more feedback. I shot a LOT in aperture at STI vs. Evo day and they all came out pretty sweet, then my camera died.
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