Those two pictures seem to be general favorites, if I knew which shots were good I guess I wouldn't have to post so many. I guess I never thought of making the girl lighter, but I did a lot to make the darks into blacks to hide some noise. I attached one with the girl a little lighter.
Thanks builder24car, I've got another from the ship I now think is better, I'll get there eventually.
That's a good exposure job Medic.
OK, guess uploading images directly to this site is the only way now. The last of Mongolia. Next more China, but different places.
These are from a Nadaam festival. The guy I was traveling with told security that since I had a big camera, I was a professional. This allowed me to walk into the thick of things, the only white guy and one of just a few Mongolians allowed within 25 yards or for some people even 100 yards, they were all in the overcrowded stands. Apparently his uncle is the governor of the province, and another uncle was a judge in the award ceremony, so he could do things like that. I awarded him 15 awesomeness points.
The last shot is "the one that got away." The timing was basically perfect. I was shooting into the light, so I decided to use center-weighted metering to avoid underexposing the subjects. Unfortunately the center point here was exactly on a dark place, thus the picture was completely over exposed. Doh! Note to self: use manual mode. (It looks strange because I was using Adobe camera raw to recover highlights, but it makes everything else look weird).
I loved that pileated woodpecker kgosden, great shot!
Christmas colors in downtown Raleigh from last night....
Great use of spot color.
I agree on #2. I would consider cloning out the blurry guy on the right half of the roof as he is a bit distracting.
I like the blurry guy myself.
To me it gives the photo the context that even here and now this is an unusual event people gather to sightsee. Without that context it could be a movie in which case you guess just a photo of an actor in period dress ie no big deal.
Thanks Dread Pirate Roberts and kgosden. I wouldn't have guessed that would be the favorite I admit (I would have put it as my 3rd choice at best). I'll consider cloning the guy out, but so far I think I agree with DPR.
A strange sculpture builder24car. The composition seems a little off to me, maybe if you had moved left and centered the sculpture more (but I wouldn't know because I wasn't there).
Originally Posted by raven15
I was thinking more along the lines of an ugly sculpture Raven . :D There's at least four of them there together for some reason? I agree about the composition. One thing I think was that even though my tripod was perfectly level, I was shooting at an angle and it gives the illusion of being tilted, throwing the shot off? This is the same shot, I just tried to "straighten" it in post processsing. I was about as far left as I could get. If I went much farther the spire I was trying to include in the shot would have been behind the sculpture and not seen. This was one of those great ideas that seem great in my mind but turn out like crap when done. No worries, just makes me keep trying until I get it right! :)
I thought the original was closer to level, or even should go the opposite way. I guess it depends if you are looking for camera-appears-level-with-respect-to-ground or sculpture-appears-vertical. This is my interpretation of "camera-appears-level-with-respect-to-ground."
Or use software... or get a tilt-shift lens (I want one)...
Too bad the only tilt/shift for 4/3rds is the LensBaby. Fun toys I suppose, but not for me. I do think it would have worked to make Builder's shot interesting. All that aside, since all he needs is to fix converging verticals a straight shift only lens would work. I have an Oly 35mm shift I bought to play with. It is tough since it bumps up to an effective 70mm on 4/3rds. A little too long for a lot of in city architecture. But the shorter 24mm is in the $2000 range. I have been thinking of selling my 35mm as they are going for $400-500 on eBay.