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Wow Jeff, the first one is amazing; colours, comp and the action. I'm super envious that you get to be near the ocean so often!
Kevin: Of the b&w shots I loved the back lit leaves the best. I find processing b&w shots very ... soothing and somewhat emotive; perhaps it's one less factor, the loud colours that usually find their way into my photos. Oddly, when I was in my b&w phase, I saw every scene through the varying tones ala the zone system. After a bit I learnt to develop my own style and was more aggressive with dodging and burning; manipulating the scene.
If you'd like, I could send you this mag I bought awhile back (just checked the shelf it's there!). That helped me a lot when I was starting out. Don't give up, the constant work and experimentation will bring you there, trust me, 10,000 hrs of practice and all that jazz Drop me a PM.
Oh and what was that Milton Bradley game with red and white counters?
I was just very frustrated at my work. More often than not, I was over prosessing my shots and they were turning into muddled messes. So I went back to my earlier successes to see what I did there and for new shots, tried to emulate some shots I saw here. Then I would go home and try to process them in a similar fashion. I had a slow day at work and read some tutorials that had images like the ones I took, with an end result similar to what I was after. Very little was similar to the process I had been using. Like the act of taking the photo, I found I had to change how I did my work flow. The first few attempts coupled with already being down on photography, almost shelved it. What got me out was going completely manual in my small kit. Making friends here has been invaluable as well. I am embracing the new way of previsualizing my shots, taking them, and the completely different workflow. It's different than what I learned in school. Perhaps it's because those courses were designed in the early days of digital and some allowances had to be made? I don't know... The way I am working now is very similar to how I used to shoot film. Don't know why I wasn't doing it before...
The game is the classic Connect Four. What is the name of the book? I would like to see if my library has it, save on shipping something if possible.
Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. It means a lot.