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Old Jan 4 2009, 04:07 AM   #1
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These are a selection taken on a couple of recent walks ...









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Geez, P'ter, did you really want to post in this forum or exhibit? There's a little too many for in here of to comment upon.

They are nice pictures and I definitely like the closeups of the birds but your camera seems to get a little fuzzy when you zoom in? The photo's are good bu not sharp, or maybe you just need to start using a monopod or tripod?

The scene with all the ducks has a comic quality I ike but is so over exposed that it needs major photoshop work (if that can save it). Same goes for the statue.

The duck on ice doesn't have eyes (wat a reat sentences), which probably could be corrected with making it lighter altogether becase it is somewhat dark.

The sea pictures (WOW, I am very impressed by tose canoeers) need more conrast. I know the sea isn't a thankful object when colour is concerned but these pics are too flat.

The valey picture seems to have a dreamlike, hazy qality but I'm afraid it is caused by simple over exposure which will be hard to tone down while not losing the excellent foreground composition.

In the very last picture I would have made the foreground dark as in its sister photograph, which looks great. The first backlight pic I like very much, but then, I like that kind of picture.

The frosted trees picture looks like it is short a much too high ISO value, it is very grainy. Was it shot with a dfferent camera? It needs more contrast and if your camera has a choice for it, set ISO to 100 with these kind.
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Old Jan 4 2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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These haven't been photoshopped, some have been cropped but only in the basic toolbox in windows.
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Dang it, P'ter... you got me homesick here.
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Lovely Pictures P'ter.

I agree with Hans on his comment about the duck missing the eye. If there was something there to see, even a slight glare off the eye to let us know that it was there would be nice.

In your third posting, the first pic of the valley....I'm in love, I can completely see that on matted with a satin finish(at least I think it would be satin) I love the way it transitions from detail in the bottom to almost a blurry fantasy towards the top.

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Well if you liked that one, how about this one?

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I won't deny that the second one is quite nice but I still like the first one better.
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The scene with all the ducks has a comic quality I ike but is so over exposed that it needs major photoshop work (if that can save it). Same goes for the statue.
Technically, photoshop can't save a photograph that's overexposed if the highlights have been saturated (i.e. if the brightest parts of the photo have turned into splodges of white - if you adjust the exposure in photoshop they turn into splodges of grey because you've lost some information). But artistically it depends whether the highlights were the important part of the photograph or not. The overexposure gives the last two photos a wonderful dreamy quality.

I like all the bird close ups, especially the very first picture.
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Well if you liked that one, how about this one?
Without the fence this could be a painting from Caspar David Friedrich. (That means i like it. )

That's the one that came to my mind. I once got it in hires and used it as desktop wallpaper...

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_...4_2_055_0.html

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Technically, photoshop can't save a photograph that's overexposed ... <snip>
Uhm, yes, true, but that's supposing you just want to work with the data/info that the photograph has. The sky/background can - of course - be manipulated any which way you like by NO sing the original data or with data from another picture.

If I wanted a soft blue sky background in that picture I would simply put one in And that's what I call major photoshop work
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The photo is so near to a silhouette that the eye data ain't there, I've been in and checked as many ways as I can. The only way I could put an eye in is to photoshop one in form another photo.

The 2nd landscape: the quality I liked was the way it echoed a lot of 1930s painted landscapes as displayed in English railway carriages, and travel posters.
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P'ter, I would not mind going for a winter walk with you!

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You're absolutely right, P'ter. I looked at it and it seems as if the duck is winking at you and you just caught it when it closed its eye So no salvage there. Still, it makes or breaks the pic, so in my case this would be a discard or... if I have another picture of the (or a similar) duck I might lend an eye and put it in
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Peter...I would gladly join you and Nina, for a lovely winters walks, if you would promise me more sights like these....these are beautiful and well worth taking some time to enjoy.
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The top one was taken on a trip to Bridgnorth with eldest g'daughter Andi.

The next three were taken in our local park when we had a snowstorm before Christmas.

The rest were taken on a trip to my brother's in Swansea at New Year. I dropped a box full of books off at Edith's and so took a very different route to my normal one. It was a very cold day and everything was covered in hoarfrost. Unfortunately I was in traffic and couldn't stop to take photos, but I spotted a few good spots and made use of them on my way home. The coastal ones were mostly taken on a family hike around part of the Gower.
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I thought that some of the views looked vaguely familiar!
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Uhm, yes, true, but that's supposing you just want to work with the data/info that the photograph has. The sky/background can - of course - be manipulated any which way you like by NO sing the original data or with data from another picture.

If I wanted a soft blue sky background in that picture I would simply put one in And that's what I call major photoshop work
I hadn't thought of that. (I'm thinking too much like a scientist.) So if you've lost some information from a photograph you just borrow a bit of information from somewhere else.
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Absolutely! That's why it is a good thing making photographs from the same onbject with different camera settings.

And fortunately, with todays digital, it doesn't cost us a penny extra to have many pictures of the same object, whie with traditional film I would have had to crb my enthusiasm - especially with colour film, which I have never developed/printed myself.

For instance: I made the photograph below when our state secretary of health, well-being and sports visited one of our houses (the woman on the right). My boss )chief exective officer prof.dr. Hans Becker) is in the middle. But I actually borrowed the secretary from another photograph because my boss and the snake lady are posing so well. In the original the secretary had already turned round and was walking towards the person in the background So this is not a small tweak of an eye (and I really do those!) or arm or something, but the whole person. I like the result because it does show what happened in reality (she was girlishly acting as if she didn't dare do what Hans did) and I liked her facial expression in the borrowed photograph.



I'm not at work now (this picture is on our website, so I could link to it) but I'll see if I can also post the original.
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Nice composition Hans...but I will pass on the snake...YUCK!!!
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Doesn't the Sec of State look like actress Liz Goddard?
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P'ter I am in love with the first picture of that beautifully colored duck… or at least what looks like a duck to me.

Do you know the animal’s proper name or what species it is?

Pictures like this make my heart melt. I love animals!!
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That could be a Mandarin duck, I think.
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That could be a Mandarin duck, I think.
Is that the kind that goes so well with Chinese food?
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Tis indeed a Mandarin (Aix galericulata). Last time I asked one about Chinese food he was rather cut up about it

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Tis indeed a Mandarin (Aix galericulata). Last time I asked one about Chinese food he was rather cut up about it

('ducks' and runs)
*cricket sounds*
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No Draco: in cricket that would be duck and NO runs!
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Unless the duck does a (fly) over or dresses up as a bat(sman), then everybody runs...
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*Dead silence, with only the sound of a lone cricket chirping, as P'ter and Hans tap microphones and say, "Hello? Is this thing on?"*

[sarcasm]There, is that more explanitory?[/sarcasm]
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*tweep*

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