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Old 12-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #1726
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I don't see any mixed lighting, it looks 100% ambient from a single color source: the sun.

It has a nice warm feel, and it fits the environment and background well with the red car!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #1727
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Thanks! I will have to admit that I'm one of those annoying people that don't like their own pictures. I really don't know why I'm like that, it's frustrating. Maybe it's a newb thing with photography?
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:52 PM   #1728
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Nice man! I love how the trees are going down both sides of the road.
Thanks man! I've always wanted to take a shot there but it has a constant traffic flow.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:17 AM   #1729
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Thanks! I'll remember that. The lighting was pretty bad outside. REALLY bright, but I figured I might as well get some practice in while I can. I knew my angles would be off.

Really appreciate the advice.

You want to shoot early morning or early evening. 9AM to 4PM right now (short days) are a no-no. Harsh light, very bright, LOTS of reflection. The only way you'll pull off a midday shot is if you've got canopy cover to diffuse some of the light.

A foglight level angle works well. I believe you're about the same height as me so you're gonna want to ball up pretty tight to get a good shot. Its not very comfortable heh. 3/4 shots work well from the fenders too at about 3-4 ft from the ground.

You can also buy a circular polarizing filter to reduce some of the reflection off the paint and windows. I'd suggest NOT doing this with your current lens though. 52mm lens filters are really only used on the kit lens (the 18-55). I'd just stay with a cheap UV Filter for the kit lens and when you want to upgrade to better glass then pick up a CPL (circular polarizer) UV, and maybe a few different stops of ND if you go to the beach or you want some glassy shots of water.

I mentioned on IWSTI that I'll be headed down to GA when I'm back. I'll bring my gear and I'll help you out with what I know. It's not much but I might be able to help a little bit. I'm still far from even considering myself an amateur.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:21 AM   #1730
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Color and light adjusted and GND added in LR4
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:43 AM   #1731
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I haven't contributed anything car-related in a while. I sort of miss it, but with winter here and no snow...all my normal locations look lame with no leaves on the trees.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:29 AM   #1732
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Maybe it's some of the mixed lighting going on, I don't really know honestly. It was pretty dark out due to storm clouds but it just seems a little off to me. I really like the DOF in this shot though.
Direct sunlight is usually a bad thing for shooting cars. The lighting looks great. I do think the car should be angled more though.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:02 AM   #1733
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Thanks! I will have to admit that I'm one of those annoying people that don't like their own pictures. I really don't know why I'm like that, it's frustrating. Maybe it's a newb thing with photography?
I'm the same way, but I guess you only really notice things you don't like/could have changed. I'm still the same way but maybe I'm just still not confident in my shooting after all these years haha..

However, I think you might be able to get away with increasing the saturation on just the car, or at least the reds to get it to look a little more fitting possibly?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:44 AM   #1734
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You want to shoot early morning or early evening. 9AM to 4PM right now (short days) are a no-no. Harsh light, very bright, LOTS of reflection. The only way you'll pull off a midday shot is if you've got canopy cover to diffuse some of the light.

A foglight level angle works well. I believe you're about the same height as me so you're gonna want to ball up pretty tight to get a good shot. Its not very comfortable heh. 3/4 shots work well from the fenders too at about 3-4 ft from the ground.

You can also buy a circular polarizing filter to reduce some of the reflection off the paint and windows. I'd suggest NOT doing this with your current lens though. 52mm lens filters are really only used on the kit lens (the 18-55). I'd just stay with a cheap UV Filter for the kit lens and when you want to upgrade to better glass then pick up a CPL (circular polarizer) UV, and maybe a few different stops of ND if you go to the beach or you want some glassy shots of water.

I mentioned on IWSTI that I'll be headed down to GA when I'm back. I'll bring my gear and I'll help you out with what I know. It's not much but I might be able to help a little bit. I'm still far from even considering myself an amateur.
Sweet! Thanks Chris. I'll go after 4pm next time
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #1735
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What is a good zoom lens for a canon body to be used in automotive shots? In the sub $500 range, preferably.

Right now I only have the 18-55 and the 50mm 1.8, but I find myself rarely using the 18-55 anymore. I was looking at the Canon 28-135, but thinking there is probably something better for a little more money.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #1736
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I use the 55-250 for now. It's ok for the money. Cost me $250 bucks.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #1737
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I was looking at that one too. But I thought I read earlier in this thread that you couldn't wait to get rid of it?

The EF-S 18-200 IS seems to have fairly good reviews and has a nice focal length range. Anyone have experience with it?
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:52 PM   #1738
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Well I'm ready to upgrade. It is a good starter lens. I'm now going to a zoom that's at least $1500. So I don't know if you want to spend that much.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:57 PM   #1739
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Thanks! I will have to admit that I'm one of those annoying people that don't like their own pictures. I really don't know why I'm like that, it's frustrating. Maybe it's a newb thing with photography?
When you go through your photos after you've imported them into LR, do you take the time to find something redeeming about each one? Even the ones that you look at and cringe? It might be worthwhile, at least so you'll know what you did right to try to be able to do it again another time.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:13 PM   #1740
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The best zoom lens that's still affordable is the EF-S 17-85mm It's just over 500 bucks though. The 55-250mm is no bueno IMO. It's just a kit lens. Rotating assembly means your CPL has to be constantly re-adjusted every time your lens focuses. Slow and loud AF motor as well. Nothing like missing your shot because your camera was still trying to focus. The next step up, if you're looking for something with stabilization, is the 17-55. It's a much nicer lens but it's much more expensive as well.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #1741
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If your spending over $500 i would just get a 70-200 L non IS for that money! It will give you waaaay more distance than the 17-85 obviously. You can find one used in that price range. I shot this with my 55-250, it's obviously not an action shot but it got the job done. Get what is in your price range and what will work best in the situations you plan on using. Everyone always recommends better glass but fail to realize not everyone is using shooting for the same reasons.

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Old 12-15-2012, 10:56 PM   #1742
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When you go through your photos after you've imported them into LR, do you take the time to find something redeeming about each one? Even the ones that you look at and cringe? It might be worthwhile, at least so you'll know what you did right to try to be able to do it again another time.
No not really, lol. That's some good advice though. I'll give it a try. I'm way more confident about my "portrait" stuff than my automotive stuff. I'm still a huge newb but I'll get there one day.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:46 AM   #1743
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Just wanted to say that I love this thread to death...
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:12 AM   #1744
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Don't mind the Mickey Mouse's annoyance in the background.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:11 AM   #1745
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Looks awesome^

I went to NYC today and tried my hand at a little street photography. I don't think it went over that well, but I'm going through them now.. I'll spare everyone the sight and just post them to flickr haha. Maybe post one I really like.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:16 AM   #1746
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D700, Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, and Sigma 70-200mm


wrx-12 lp by THXEY, on Flickr


wrx-2 by THXEY, on Flickr


wrx-4 by THXEY, on Flickr


wrx-5 by THXEY, on Flickr


wrx-6 by THXEY, on Flickr


Sorry for all the photos.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:16 AM   #1747
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one more

wrx-15 lp by THXEY, on Flickr

my old ride


E60 by THXEY, on Flickr


E60 by THXEY, on Flickr


In a tunnel in Shanghai China

China 002 by THXEY, on Flickr




Editing for all the above photos are minor adjustments in lightroom, with some more extensive editing in ColorEfex pro 2

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:38 PM   #1748
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Playing around with one from the last shoot. I wish I was a little lower so you could see the right rear wheel.

Canon T2i / 85mm f/1.8 w/CP filter

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:36 PM   #1749
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first shot w the nikkor 85mm 1.8, gotta practice w it a bit...but its a start
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #1750
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crap just realized there is a light pole in the backround...there was one over the fender too i removed...o well...wasn't trying for it to be perfect, just wanted to see what the lens was capable of
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