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Old 09-10-2017, 11:58 PM   #5101
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Excellent Arlen!

Trying to continue to improve here and there. Hopefully moving forward and not backwards.

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Old 09-11-2017, 01:24 AM   #5102
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They say you can't shoot at high noon... this proves them wrong. I love the mood on this! For some reason I think of surfing.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:15 AM   #5103
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Trying to continue to improve here and there. Hopefully moving forward and not backwards.
This background is more befitting a tractor though.

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They say you can't shoot at high noon... this proves them wrong. I love the mood on this! For some reason I think of surfing.
They? Usually high noon doesn't produce the best results for reflective objects, but it works sometimes. A little heavy on the recovery though, needs some more highlight IMO. Still a nice shot.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:23 AM   #5104
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This background is more befitting a tractor though.
I will agree with you there. I just found this location have an interesting vantage point for a different angle on the car. Hard to ever find elevation for shots.

It's hard not to share these after you guys helped me with live view zoom focus. Makes such a world of difference and now I have noticed I don't battled CA as I used too. Which is great.

I will bring you a more fitting scene soon. Least it's not in a parking structure or on the grass. ��

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Old 09-11-2017, 12:13 PM   #5105
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feel like im watching some old, now new, cowboy movie with the mustang one. dude on horseback, ripping down the trail. awesome.
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I have noticed I don't battled CA as I used too. Which is great.
you mean just cause you can spot it right away, more easily?
i battle that all the time. initially, thinking it was just a particular lens, that really brought it out (my 85mm). but in my last month of dating my camera...ive noticed its just certain modes (CA or M or AV) of the camera, in conjunction with the specific lens im using. varying combos.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:35 PM   #5106
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feel like im watching some old, now new, cowboy movie with the mustang one. dude on horseback, ripping down the trail. awesome.

you mean just cause you can spot it right away, more easily?
i battle that all the time. initially, thinking it was just a particular lens, that really brought it out (my 85mm). but in my last month of dating my camera...ive noticed its just certain modes (CA or M or AV) of the camera, in conjunction with the specific lens im using. varying combos.
No actually my slightly less than on point focus was causing more CA on the car. I noticed zoomed into the vehicle when I am spotting up the focus. The CA will shift from teal to magenta and when I find my focus point it just vanishes. I used to spend countless hours messing with colors and touch ups to remove it all.


It took me a moment to notice it while editing. I was just thinking.. huh where is all the CA.. this is a weird turn of events.(this is after using live view zoom)
I thought as you thought... Shooting at full open and with certain lenses just would cause it and repairs in post would need to be made. So yeah, definitely an eye opening experience.

Then my last photo shoot I noticed CA in the LCD with it slightly out of focus, then in focus car it was pretty much gone. Maybe my light colored car shows them more easily than most? Or the 135mm? Not sure.

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Old 09-11-2017, 01:26 PM   #5107
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got ya. ill have to pay more attention to seeing it vs focus. maybe its more so that ( i struggle with proper focusing)...and just a coincidence that i happened to be in a certain mode, with that certain lens.

nothing new for me. cracked an RPF1, and havent even sat in the car in over a week. been practicing on my 3 yr old and 10 month old though. $hits redic! lol.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:46 PM   #5108
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got ya. ill have to pay more attention to seeing it vs focus. maybe its more so that ( i struggle with proper focusing)...and just a coincidence that i happened to be in a certain mode, with that certain lens.

nothing new for me. cracked an RPF1, and havent even sat in the car in over a week. been practicing on my 3 yr old and 10 month old though. $hits redic! lol.
Ouch man. Time to get in all those detail shots for days! My 3 month old makes it hard to even find time to clean my car let alone work on either of them, clean 'em, shoot 'em or edit my shots. Time is such a valuable commodity.

I will def take 3 shots next time I am out that show the CA in teal then in magenta and then cleared away. It is pretty cool to see.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:13 PM   #5109
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i cant even bring myself the wash it. its just sat there.

did find a real cool location, that i like. then next day, fml! only got one test shot in on the way home that day. (its on IG if ya wanna see it. building one. "global" PS edit, on phone...so felt weird posting it in here.)

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Old 09-11-2017, 03:06 PM   #5110
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Old 09-11-2017, 06:47 PM   #5111
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thinking about future purchases...and would like to make them as educated as possible....so looking for some insight. keeping in mind....a complete hobbiest, just looking for stuff that will (help) produce better quality images. i completely understand the whole art thing, and how its really all on me...all in all. im cool with that. just looking for as much of an edge as i can get...as i grow. im not saying im currently being held back, at all.

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2:Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
3:Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

*new camera (which ones to consider)?
*new lens (which ones to consider)?
*"neither. use that same stuff. its not holding you back, mechanically/physical quality wise."
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:19 PM   #5112
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thinking about future purchases...and would like to make them as educated as possible....so looking for some insight. keeping in mind....a complete hobbiest, just looking for stuff that will (help) produce better quality images. i completely understand the whole art thing, and how its really all on me...all in all. im cool with that. just looking for as much of an edge as i can get...as i grow. im not saying im currently being held back, at all.

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2:Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
3:Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

*new camera (which ones to consider)?
*new lens (which ones to consider)?
*"neither. use that same stuff. its not holding you back, mechanically/physical quality wise."
I think your equipment will produce great images. I got GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome, early on and my equipment is way beyond my skill level. Work on your composition and technique before you look at what lenses to get. However, if you really need to get another lens, I would probably look into a 35mm of some sport. Those focal lengths are really tight on a crop sensor, and a 24 or 35 will give you some room. A 16-35mm will give you some versatility for landscapes as well. I have the 16-35mm F/2.8L II USM and the 35mm f/1.4L, but I find it a bit redundant to have both unless you really need that big aperture.
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^^^makes sense. thanks for the input man. and for fun...i will check out those lenses.

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Old 09-12-2017, 08:49 AM   #5114
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Very nice!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:08 PM   #5115
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Enkei would be proud! You should submit to them for their website haha!

That mustang rig shot is saweet also
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thanks guys. i like em. but sure i could do better. was just forcing myself not to do my initial thought(s) for each. as well as messing with the live view zoom focus stuff some more. something i struggled with last time i was using my 50mm in low(ish) light. just needed help explaining to my wife why i was standing up on top the garage freezer, with the lights dim, at midnight, taking photos. normal 32 yr old behavior, right?

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:14 AM   #5117
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I would assume so but I am not sure why you didn't just have her help you in the first place instead of explaining lol.

Here with less farm equipment backgrounds except for the ej257 tractor motor plunked in my little car.

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Old 09-13-2017, 01:04 AM   #5118
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Really like the top shot Corey! Nice work!
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:44 PM   #5120
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Well done. Are you still using quite a bit of recovery? This one looks a tad dirty, and the sky at the top looks quite subdued. Other than that you did very well, great composition, and just a slight turn of the front wheel.
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Well done. Are you still using quite a bit of recovery? This one looks a tad dirty, and the sky at the top looks quite subdued. Other than that you did very well, great composition, and just a slight turn of the front wheel.
I swapped and was attempting to use Photoshop for 98% of my edit. Which I am not very versed in but after speaking with a friend and having him show me what he could do with an image.. I decide to have it a go at it.

I assumed using the abilities within PS to make less global edits would help. Now I think I have figured out that Canon does not have the shadow recovery ability that all the Nikon users speak of on here.. Which is giving it that dirty look. Now I see it and agree. I did try to minimize my use of recovery here but I can see it and I need to remember that not ever detail needs to be shown. Let the dark areas be dark and let the highlights shine.


Thanks again for the feedback and input. It is very useful and important.

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Yeah man, let it blast. I use a little recovery here and there, but it always kills dynamic range, which is super important. Two rules I always use is never go past 10 clarity, and use very little recovery.

Anyway, I used like -50 recovery on my Mecum shoot yesterday, but had to because the concrete was just reflecting like mad. Most would not notice, but you will, now that I have told you .


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Yeah man, let it blast. I use a little recovery here and there, but it always kills dynamic range, which is super important. Two rules I always use is never go past 10 clarity, and use very little recovery.

Anyway, I used like -50 recovery on my Mecum shoot yesterday, but had to because the concrete was just reflecting like mad. Most would not notice, but you will, now that I have told you .
Lovely shot. I definitely can now see more of the dynamic range and take note of what happens when you use extreme recovery. It is good to have guidelines to help in the editing thought process.

I know I can easily get overzealous when told that something push it a bit too far to make up for it. So now I have a better understanding on boundaries. Thanks.

Now with that info went back over this.

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It's just a guide, you know, it's all in what you want to see in the photo. But if you get too used to doing things a certain way, and seeing them that way, it can cloud you from what's actually there.
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It's just a guide, you know, it's all in what you want to see in the photo. But if you get too used to doing things a certain way, and seeing them that way, it can cloud you from what's actually there.
I hear yeah. I just have had no guidelines but what I think works and I miss details that you have noticed and others. My other photographer friend had very similar thoughts on clarity and other adjustments.. so there must be something to your words.

And like you said above, sometimes you have to push the guidelines because there is no way around it. That I can easily remember.
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