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Old 05-02-2012, 02:58 AM   #8726
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My first real attempt at panning, any thoughts? this was shot mid afternoon at 1/30 f/11 120mm. Is it a good start?

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:10 AM   #8727
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I REALLY like that shot^ the cinematic edging is a great touch too
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:45 AM   #8728
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trying to start learning/using the gradient tool in lightroom, thoughts?
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #8729
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My first real attempt at panning, any thoughts? this was shot mid afternoon at 1/30 f/11 120mm. Is it a good start?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/6...5cf2f1c1_b.jpg
Like some of your other shots, I would argue that there's too much editing. Why do a panning shot if everything in the background is nearly black? It does make the car pop, but if you're going to go this far, you might as well paste the car onto a much more blurred background.

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trying to start learning/using the gradient tool in lightroom, thoughts?
Wow, two Gen2 MS3's in two pages! This shot also has a lot of editing, but I think it looks pretty good. I probably would have framed tighter on the bottom and looser on the top. The guy's head getting cut off is distracting.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #8730
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Excellent shots, Chris...especially your slow pans! I still think your contrast is pretty high overall for all of the photos though...you just might need to raise the blacks and shadows up a little bit and you should be good to go. As far as getting both cars in focus, KP nailed it down by focusing on the front of the trailing car, and often times you're able to get both cars in focus.
Thanxs armin, i took that in mind wenn i worked on some more pictures this weekend. I tryed to do as less as possibel in postprocessing.







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Old 05-02-2012, 12:22 PM   #8731
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Like some of your other shots, I would argue that there's too much editing. Why do a panning shot if everything in the background is nearly black? It does make the car pop, but if you're going to go this far, you might as well paste the car onto a much more blurred background.
Thanks, I was just playing around in parking lot. I was looking for the sense of movement(speed) which I think was achieved. There was power lines, a house and lots parking lines in the original.

How about the tones in this one? Does the yellow line bother anybody?

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:51 PM   #8732
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Thanxs armin, i took that in mind wenn i worked on some more pictures this weekend. I tryed to do as less as possibel in postprocessing.
Those look great! I the processing!

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Thanks, I was just playing around in parking lot. I was looking for the sense of movement(speed) which I think was achieved. There was power lines, a house and lots parking lines in the original.

How about the tones in this one? Does the yellow line bother anybody?
I don't mind the yellow line, but flip up the antenna! Haha.

I think you're quite good at processing, but nearly all the shots you start with are in poor locations (that last shot looks pretty good though). The software phrase "garbage in, garbage out" comes to mind. I'm not saying your photos are garbage, they are very good, but when you start with a messy background it's hard to get a stellar final product, even if you process the crap out of it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #8733
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I like my antenna pointing towards the back(it's still up enough)


One more from yesterday. I know it's centered but I wanted to keep more of the road in it, to help show the car was coming out of a turn! When is it ok to center the car in a photo(besides profile/head on shots)?

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Old 05-02-2012, 02:27 PM   #8734
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rsw0124, get rid of the traffic mirror hanging from the bridge and from the previous shot, the guardrail in the bottom left corner.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:04 PM   #8735
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I find it extremely difficult to find a good background. It's either too distracting or not interesting enough.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #8736
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Backgrounds are and can be a very subjective to personal opinions. I feel like most of mine aren't necessarily "distracting", but there not a parking lot at the local park either.

I'm very cautious of things like street signs, telephone poles, trees growing out of the car, other cars that belong there etc etc.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:49 PM   #8737
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #8738
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as per xluben's advice (thank you sir) as well as some from a comment pertaining to something else in the photo on my flikr, I cropped a little tighter on the bottom and looser up top, as well as taking saturation from the wall and street, thoughts?
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:05 AM   #8739
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as per xluben's advice (thank you sir) as well as some from a comment pertaining to something else in the photo on my flikr, I cropped a little tighter on the bottom and looser up top, as well as taking saturation from the wall and street, thoughts?
I would lose the gradient on the top. It is distracting because it doesn't look natural. It also cuts the half of all of their heads off which catches the eye away from your subject. I only use gradients like that if there is a specific goal in mind like giving more contrast to a boring sky by bringing out the clouds. Otherwise, you need to do some vignetting if you are going for a certain creative look to make it more even.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #8740
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^Agreed. The crop looks better, but the black at the top is still distracting.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #8741
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:37 PM   #8742
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Had to take some photos of my buddy's newly powder coated wheels. Just had to do it in my street so I know the location isn't the best but let me know what you guys think of the rest. Edit: Now there is two, tried something a little different (for me) on the 2nd one.


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Almost Twins by Dirty_Up, on Flickr

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Old 05-04-2012, 10:31 PM   #8743
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Cool cars but I feel that the shots are very under exposed. Do you use any editing software?
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:32 PM   #8744
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I like this shot, very simple and cool colors!
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:46 PM   #8745
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Awesome shots as always Armin! Here are two more from a couple weeks ago. They were shot with my 18-55mm (my only lens), so I had crop them and blow them up.
Thanks! These are quite good even though you had to crop them. The sharpness is good, but since you had to crop them anyway, you might as well work on the composition while you're at it. I don't like how both of them are just plain and centered in the frame. Both also seem a little underexposed as well.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:50 PM   #8746
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A couple from today. Twin turbo Lamborghini Gallardo.
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i really dig both of these shots. great tone processing on both too. but there are a few things i feel take away from the shots a bit.

pic#1 - wide angle skewing the back of the car, plus the crop being to close to the right of the frame

pic#2 - the rear wheel being very very dark, lacking detail
Andy is right on with these comments, I totally agree with him. Shooting at ultra wide with cars really makes them look distorted, which is why I only use it in certain situations (such as rigs, rollers, and interiors).
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:52 PM   #8747
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I'm pretty excited about shooting MX, and other than the severely overcast sky's holding me back, I'm pretty satisfied with these.
The action looks great, but like usual you'll want to try to make sure the subject isn't exiting the frame unless there's something behind the subject that should be in it (like smoke, dirt kicked up, etc). I also prefer not to use so much vignetting since it takes away from the overall feel of the action and it seems like the viewer has tunnel vision.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:55 PM   #8748
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Shots look great! So I went to my sons little league game and realized my 18-55mm just wasn't going to cut it. I needed a zoom lens fast so I bought the 55-200mm IS. I know it's a cheapo lens but I need to save up for the 70-200 f/4 IS. Here is a test shot with a little PP. Let me know what you think. This is at full zoom I believe.
Looks like that lens will work out great for you! As far as processing goes, the reds are a little oversaturated. I used to own that exact same color red with my old STI, so I know how difficult it is, especially in bright sunlight.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #8749
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I played around with the lens today a lot. It seems to be pretty good. It's definitely not the sharpest lens but it seems decent. I think it should be able to keep up with little league action (I hope). I will find out tomorrow. If I zoom in enough I do get the blurry background as shown in the post before. I was using it for some kid action today and it came out decent I think. I know it's not automotive but let me know what you think about the sharpness and qaulity.
Yeah, definitely not the sharpest lens but it'll get the job done just fine until you can/want to save up for more expensive glass
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