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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Nice rendering, Philip!

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Very nice Philippe. Love the pastel like background.



Jun 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Sorry for the repeat images. But it sometimes pays to get others opinions such as I received this morning. After getting the recommendations, I re-edited the image. I can't believe how far off I was on the original seen here.

I'm still not sure if it's "right", but I like this version better.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5464/9101631573_41525a609c_c.jpg
TLW_2295-7 by Leighton W, on Flickr

Thanks for the critique by all that replied earlier.



Very nice Leighton. I like this version the best. The colors look most natural and you were able to bring out some detail in the dark green foreground.



Jun 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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deang001 wrote:
Yes please !! Brilliant idea.

Curtis gave me a few hints about what he did to my B&W image last week and I implemented what he had to say about channels to my other B&W images and was very pleased.


As you know Leighton, I am in favor of this. Like you suggest, when someone posts an image(s), if they would like to solicit critique, they can state C&C welcomed. I can certainly use the help.



Jun 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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georgms wrote:
A quick shot from today, framing is too tight, there was a disturbing sign at the left that made me shoot closer than initially intended:
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2844/9104265362_fd4c272422_c.jpg
bronce-sculpture "ship-builder" and old steam-tug, PC-E 45/2.8D at full aperture



Very nice Georg. Wonderful contrast and b&w conversion.



Jun 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM
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Regarding critiques... when this thread began I was wary both of critiques of photos and detailed reviews of lenses because either can cause the eye to glaze over, the mouth to become dry and the viewer head for the woods. What has transpired over the almost three years this conversation has been going is the we've attracted a group of folks much dedicated to these lenses who tend to be generous and kind with their comments. We have a few rock stars who generally contribute stellar images to the mix and quite a few very competent photographers eager to improve skills. From my perspective, seeing excellent work is in itself an inspiration and motivation for me to do better.

What I've seen in comments on specific photos is that by an large they are supportive of the efforts of the person who posted the images. I don't see ANY mean spirited comments despite the fact on occasion we've had folks drop by who are having great difficulty getting images in focus when they have to turn the focusing ring themselves. I wouldn't want our celebration of these fine lenses to become distorted by comments and critiques that would drive folks away. That said, I appreciate the conversations about processing and the more detailed evaluations of lenses that appear. I think we're mature enough as a group that when someone wishes comments, as Leighton did today, we can offer feedback that might prove useful. My comments to Dean about his first Sliver Efex Pro conversions were not exactly solicited but he was talking about the challenges of learning the software. What I shared was intended to help him in that process. I consider Dean a good friend even if we've never met in person and wouldn't dream of demeaning his work. I hope that was evident in how I handled by suggestions.

So long as we continue to treat one another with respect and kindness, I believe we can give feedback where requested and continue to learn this wonderful craft. I can't imagine a better place to be doing that than right here.



Jun 22, 2013 at 01:03 AM
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Thank you Ray, James, Leighton, Samy, and Jay for the comments.

James, I have visited many covered bridges and this was my first arched one I have seen.

Leighton, I did a search under Falling Spring Falls in Google images. There are some that show people at the bottom but I am not sure how they got there. It was not obvious when we were there.

There are some terrific rails-to-trails in the "Land of Leighton". We had the opportunity to ride a couple of these. The following were taken on the Virginia Creeper Trail. All taken with the 50 1.4 SC. As always, comments and critique is welcome.






















Jun 22, 2013 at 01:11 AM
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As a general comment, although we've been given powerful tools with which to work on images, there is always the risk of over-processing an image and thereby losing the freshness of the scene depicted. I recall my embarrassment as my post processing skills improved and I looked back at some of the early work I'd posted on TrekEarth. I recall replacing one such image that when I first posted seemed just fine. With a later version of Photoshop I went back to the image and reworked it. The conditions were surely challenging, shooting a long distance in midday sunlight. Had I known then what I know now, I probably would have done as Georg suggests, and converted the image to black and white where I have much greater control of light. Though the second image was better, it was still compromised.

I really believe less is more when it comes to post processing, though I'm completely willing to use all the tools at my disposal. We truly learn by doing.



Jun 22, 2013 at 01:23 AM
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Another wonderful set Scott. I like that term "Land of Leighton..." I bet it will stick, though the Shenandoah Valley has long been recognized for its beauty. It is wonderful that we get to see a bit more of it. A farmer never strays too far from home...


Jun 22, 2013 at 01:25 AM
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Got my replacement TC-16a today. Tested it as the daylight disappeared, so I can't tell how sharp it is, but it does work as advertised, at least with some lenses. It seems to be fine with the 105mm and even does the command dial, while on the 300mm f/4.5 I have to push the aperture past the last stop to make it work. Have to go manual aperture on the lens with the 600mm since it will only give me an error at any f-stop on that one. Have not tried the 135mm yet. I will also have to read up on all those AF settings I have to choose from. So far I had the camera at whatever the default is. Hope there's enough light tomorrow to go look for those pelicans again.




Jun 22, 2013 at 01:32 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Another wonderful set Scott. I like that term "Land of Leighton..." I bet it will stick, though the Shenandoah Valley has long been recognized for its beauty. It is wonderful that we get to see a bit more of it. A farmer never strays too far from home...


Thank you Curtis. He certainly lives in a beautiful area. So much to explore. Guess I will have to make a return visit at some point.



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Scott, I like your last set from the „Land of Leighton" too, especially the first shot. The framing is great, the shadows on and of the wooded structure work very well.
Maybe I would have placed the end of the railing at the lower left corner just into the corner of your frame (to start the diagonal curve right from the corner).



Jun 22, 2013 at 01:51 AM
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Georg, you're on the thread again in the MIDDLE of the night... You must be what we call a "night owl..."

Get to sleep my friend, tomorrow is another busy day, I've no doubt...



Jun 22, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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georgms wrote:
Scott, I like your last set from the „Land of Leighton" too, especially the first shot. The framing is great, the shadows on and of the wooded structure work very well.
Maybe I would have placed the end of the railing at the lower left corner just into the corner of your frame (to start the diagonal curve right from the corner).


Thank you for the comment Georg. I like your suggestion and will try a crop. One of the compositional challenges I had with this image was the focus of the railing in the foreground. I could not decide if it was better to have the entire railing in focus or out of focus. The image was shot at f4. Had I used f11 most all of the rail could have been in focus.



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Lieutenant Z wrote:
Nice rendering, Philip!

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/04/826904.jpg

50 1.8 wo :



This has the feel and look of a Impressionist painting with the soft colors in the bokeh. Absolutely delicious shot Philippe. You make these lenses sing.



Jun 22, 2013 at 02:06 AM
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Somehow I don't see Reagan driving a car this color



© NightOwl Cat 2013

PINK!!




Jun 22, 2013 at 02:10 AM
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I think you're right. But I love it Laura. I owned a 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible that felt like an aircraft carrier it was so big. This appears to be of that vintage. Pepto Bismal pink... Wow!


Jun 22, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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Pepto-bismal pink?!
Great description



Jun 22, 2013 at 03:30 AM
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Zichar wrote:
Pepto-bismal pink?!
Great description


Haha, +1!



Jun 22, 2013 at 03:45 AM
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Well, the 35mm f2.0 was mounted, and a mid-day snack was staring me in the face. My FM Galleries 1000th photo.








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Lovely shot James. I'm struck by how the texture at the top left of the apple seems to mimic the texture of the wood table. Very luscious... and lovely bokeh with the reflected light on the table surface. Nicely done, but then we've come to see nothing less from you.


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