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klh54
03-08-2007, 08:23 PM
Here they are-please be kind:)
The first shot is sunset behind the mountains west of my neighborhood.
The next shot was taken at the stadium near my home where the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers have their spring training.
The third shot was taken from my backyard at sunset the other evening. I have a tiny slice of a view of the mountains beyond. Just wish I had an observation deck!!!
Thanks for looking:)
Kathy
Not sure which thing to copy-tag line, url, html ???
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f262/klh54/Sony3-8-07018MediumWebview.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f262/klh54/CopyofSony3-8-07012MediumWebview.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f262/klh54/CopyofSony3-8-07004MediumWebview.jpg

DonSchap
03-08-2007, 08:45 PM
Nice work, Kathy.

Wish we had something here to take. Illinois is slowly drying out from a long winter's nap and soon ... real soon, I hope, spring will provide something noteworthy ... other than violent storms.

You might try cropping #1 down a bit, lengthwise, to remove the negative space in the foreground. There is really nothing there to look at.

I don't know ... what do you think?
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/edits/sunset---kat1.jpg

I found the scraggly tree or bush on the right a bit distracting. Try and trim that kind of stuff out ... to centralize your image's intent ... which is, of course, that great sunset.

klh54
03-08-2007, 09:09 PM
Don, I do agree with you on the tree being distracting and the foreground offering nothing to see. I'm not good at composing my shots yet...guess it's all those years of trying to take pictures of my kids when they were small who were not very patient or willing subjects. Believe it or not that sunset pic was taken from a shopping center parking lot during rush hour traffic. Trying to find a spot to take a picture with no distracting light poles, telephone poles, trees, houses, stadium light poles, etc. is a daunting task in my suburbia:D Thanks for the cc!
Kathy

DonSchap
03-08-2007, 09:36 PM
Kathy,

Composing a shot is always the challenge. With the shot you provided ... you could have easily done it post-process (Photoshop Elements or something similiar). It's no big thing, as long as you don't chop too much, then blow it up.

In fact, with this crop, the image looks more like a panorama ... and an obvious crop, due to sizing. That happens with horizon-type shots ... too much sky, too much foreground ... they have to go.

And hey, it is alway easier to criticize (constructively) some one else's work, than it is to do your own. A second pair of eyes can be a real boon. Don't take it from me, though ... ask another second pair. I insist. We all learn something as we snap our next shutter.

I remember racing around, struggling to snap this beautiful sky we were having ... and desperately just looking for a clear horizon. C'mon ... in Chicago? As if! Telephone poles, hanging wires, signs as far as the eye could see. Welcome to the real world ... :p

To get something like that, HERE ... you need elevation ... a tower. We have a tall one that looks West, but it is twenty miles away, out in Oakbrook ... hardly time to run down there and shoot, that's for sure.

Just keep shooting away and you can trim them up, later on, to look perfect.

The most important thing that I have found, though, is to just ...

GET THE SHOT! :D

Silhouettes are an artform unto themselves. I took a few, many years ago ... and here's one of my favorites, using a single light source.


"Where the sun never shines!"
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/models/ART115-A.jpg

klh54
03-09-2007, 08:02 AM
again if you posted a picture I cannot see it. But I have been playing around with cropping my pictures from yesterday and once I get them cleaned up I will post again. I don't have (cover your ears)...Photoshop:eek: :eek: I do have Microsoft Digital Suite 10 and it works nicely. As I was editing my photos I was just struck again by the wonder of God's creation. I love capturing His world on film, even if my skills are elementary at this point:cool:
TGIF!
Kathy

DonSchap
03-09-2007, 08:23 AM
I love capturing His world on film, even if my skills are elementary at this point:cool:
TGIF!
Kathy

It's not film ... shhh, it's a secret. We updated to memory modules ... saving a little time and money. j/k ... kinda, not ... uh :o

BTW: I will drop a link-out for the image on the posting.

EDIT: I just realized that you did NOT see my edit/crop your #1. I have reposted with it "linked-out". Please read back through the thread. THanks ;)

When it comes to "cropping", you can even creatively do it with MS Paint (standard accessory on Windows). Editting software is a bit more .. involved ... and really should be a part of every digital photographers "tool bag." I would argue that it is equally as important as the camera itself. Look at it this way: It would be hard to edit film-based images ... without a dark room. Same with digital ... you need a "digital darkroom." You gotta love this stuff! :D

klh54
03-09-2007, 09:33 AM
It's not film ... shhh, it's a secret. We updated to memory modules ... saving a little time and money. j/k ... kinda, not ... uh :o

BTW: I will drop a link-out for the image on the posting.

EDIT: I just realized that you did NOT see my edit/crop your #1. I have reposted with it "linked-out". Please read back through the thread. THanks ;)

When it comes to "cropping", you can even creatively do it with MS Paint (standard accessory on Windows). Editting software is a bit more .. involved ... and really should be a part of every digital photographers "tool bag." I would argue that it is equally as important as the camera itself. Look at it this way: It would be hard to edit film-based images ... without a dark room. Same with digital ... you need a "digital darkroom." You gotta love this stuff! :D

funny, Don. Guess it proves that you can take the "film" out of the camera but you can never take the "terms" away from us dinosaur photo takers:D :D !! Thanks for showing me the possible crop of my sunset photo. I do agree, it has a panoramic feel. I still haven't uploaded my crops of those pictures yet. But getting to it sometime today;)

DonSchap
03-09-2007, 12:08 PM
A lot of photographers tend to grab the easy shot ... and not force nature. I, on the other hand, tend to use my photography to force nature and imply a deeper meaning. With a bag full of optical filters ... and the magic of Photoshop... the ordinary ain't ordinary any more!


"Forged In Thought"
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r289/donschap/models/red-twirl.jpg



I like to think I'm lifting it to more of an art-style than simply a record of events, but we all have our nuances. THe past month or so has be hard due to winter-injuries, school and just darn little time left for much experimentation. I'm hoping, as thing warm up, again, it will allow for a bit more time to do that which I like ... which is to try and be creative to my own ends.

I wish you the best in your photographic efforts and recovery, down south. I know you will enjoy what the SONY can return ... and be on the look out for good glass and flashes, to offer some more flexibility in your craft.

cgl88
03-12-2007, 09:27 AM
The 1st and 2nd are nice. I like the way the tree is in the way. It breaks rules.

Shots are nicely exposed - you should create a flickr album so we can see the full size of the image!

sig zag
04-12-2007, 09:12 AM
Two thumbs up on your pics, you'll have a blast with the a100 and the best part is shoot away being digital. Not like the film ball and chain around your camera days.