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    Pictures from a Newbie

    Hi everyone.

    I would like to share some of my shots using my Canon G11. I'm still quite young in photography and I am not well introduced to post processing. I processed these pictures to the best that I can do.

    Feel free to comment or criticize, that's the reason why I'm posted these pictures. TY.

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/for...chmentid=13404

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/for...chmentid=13403

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/for...chmentid=13402

    Leonardo

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Leonardo

    These are very, very good images. The first of them is particularly impressive, in my view.

    It would be better if you were able to insert them into your post so that people don't have to click on the links to see them.

    If you have not already done so, you can study the help thread that is available from the HELP/Rules menu tab above. This explains hoe to post your images.

    If you are still not sure after reading this, then please do ask us.
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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Thank you very much for the comment, I greatly appreciate that.

    Here are the photos.

    Pictures from a Newbie

    Pictures from a Newbie

    Pictures from a Newbie

    Whew, I got it at last...
    Last edited by absurd21; 2nd May 2011 at 10:02 PM.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by absurd21 View Post
    Whew, I got it at last...
    Well done. The first time is always the hardest.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    I like the first one among the 3, Leo. You have a good eye for composition on this one. What makes it work for me is that you were able to make your main subject stand out by blurring the background. Second, the subject has a nice appeal to it - a young budding leaf with water dew drops in it. Probably, this was shot after a mild rain or after a storm (which usually occurs in the Philippines.) However, there are some distracting elements inside the frame that weakens the image. Among them are the 3 bright areas on top of the leaf, and the lens bokeh anomaly.

    What I would probably do (if this is my image) to make it stronger in appeal is to:

    1. Clone out these 3 white blobs by copying the neighboring pixels around the blobs.

    2. make a new copy of the background layer in photoshop and then blur this layer to lessen that harsh transition of the bokeh on the blurred background.

    3. Make another copy of the background layer but this time apply a mask to it so that the main subject (the leaf) will be left on top retaining its sharpness on the mask.

    4. Add a little bit of curve adjustment to darken the image a little bit, then lastly... apply a small amount of sharpening to the whole combined image.

    Something like this:

    Pictures from a Newbie

    Looking forward to seeing some more of your work here, bro'.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Thank you for the input, Jiro. It's a big help for a starter like me. I'll try or practice what you have suggested. I may not be quite introduced to post processing, but I will exhaust everything I have to have my picture look like what you've done. Amazing!

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by absurd21 View Post
    Thank you for the input, Jiro. It's a big help for a starter like me. I'll try or practice what you have suggested. I may not be quite introduced to post processing, but I will exhaust everything I have to have my picture look like what you've done. Amazing!
    Oooops!!! My bad. Sorry if I did not remember that you are also new to post-processing. Anyway, I hope that you would soon find out that post-processing helps a lot in bringing out your vision and make your shots stronger by adjusting its elements and visual appeal.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Well, that's a very,very good start to photography and as already mentioned you have a good eye for a shot too and that's important - well done. There's more than you could ever read on the web - free tutorials on every aspect.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    I would agree, very nice start. Also Jiro's play works nice. I like both #1 and 2.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    I agree, you've a good eye for composition.

    I found #3 intersting You've got a nice use of negative space and the juxtaposition of that man made bright blue barrel amidst all the nature makes quite a statement.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Brothers, thank you for all the positive comments. I know it still a long way... I'm still trying to read and learn from the Photography Tutorials that we have...great materials.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Shot taken from a small collection of carved figurines from a Novitiate house.

    C&C are most welcome.

    Pictures from a Newbie

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    These are great images Leonardo!

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by jamn4ex View Post
    These are great images Leonardo!
    @James
    thanks a lot!

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Jiro you are a post processing Jedi.

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    Re: Pictures from a Newbie

    Quote Originally Posted by KTHXBAI View Post
    Jiro you are a post processing Jedi.
    "always in motion is the future" ~master jedi, Yoda~

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