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Old 11-02-2010, 02:55 PM
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Love the angle and the reflection on the glass! Very cool shot!
 
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:16 PM
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Thanks, I appreciate it... you guys inspired me to think about it.

My problem is, when I'm shooting up towards the sky, it's so bright that my worker gets 'contrasted' out.

I don't know how to fix that, I even tried a flash.
 
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:28 PM
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Thanks, I appreciate it... you guys inspired me to think about it.

My problem is, when I'm shooting up towards the sky, it's so bright that my worker gets 'contrasted' out.

I don't know how to fix that, I even tried a flash.
Polarizers work wonders for darkening the sky.

First of all you need to spot meter away from the sky. Then you can do some masking and make the sky look right using the GIMP or Photoshop. You can add a new later that is filled with black in the selected area. Try Multiply for the option for the black layer's mode. Alternately you can have the sky selected in the first layer, duplicate that layer and then do an inverse selection on the new layer. This will leave the sky. Then you can set that layer to multiply to darken just the sky. If not dark enough, just duplicate the top layer.

If the sky is correct and your subject is not too dark, you can lighten it by overlaying a white layer over it and setting that layer's mode to Multiply. Also you will need to play with the transparency to change the strength of the change.

If things are static, you could take several pictures with different exposures and using masking combine then into one.

You will need to flatten your image before saving.
 
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:39 PM
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A wide angle shot with lots of sky

Actually my favorite mode of taking pictures is wide angle. I usually want to get wider than long on most shots. This is eq to a 28mm on 35 format. Only cropped it. Did not adjust sky or foreground after shooting. As this was taken with a PAS camera, no filters were used to enhance the colors or contrast.

When I click on thumbnails they do not show. What am I doing wrong?
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Your thumbnails are showing for me. Is a pop up blocker maybe keeping you from seeing them?
 
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:14 PM
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I've never used photoshop (yea I know, still in the "dark ages.")

But I do have a polarizer for my telescope.
I wonder if they make them for my digital...

Most of my pics are often of glass with a lot of reflection... would the polarizer make the reflections (of the sky in this case) dark as well?

Appreciate the advice!
 
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You need a circular polarizer for the digital.

Polarizers make colors more intense and remove reflections.

You want to Play with layer effects in the GIMP or Photoshop if you want the reflections in the pictures. Or you can combine multiple pictures into one with HDR software.
 
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I really hate to doctor the pics, it's kind of the 'excitement factor'... that we actually do these things everyday.

I'd rather adjust the camera, than do anything more than crop the photos.
 
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:48 PM
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Here's where I contradict myself...

This guy is power washing, so there is hardly any reflection on the glass, it's so grimy.

It would be nice to have a crystal clear image/reflection on the glass...
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Just a quick play.
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Does this count?

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A few more...





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Is that in your backyard?
I hear they do everything big in Texas...
 
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LOLOL! That's in Sea World.
 
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I would love to see more wide angle shots!
 
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This is a cheat, because my camera does not do wide angle......I have not got round to loading it into my Bavaria thread and I think it ranks with one of the best subjects that I have had to work with, it's the Neuschwanstain castle in Bavaria and is the building which Disney used as a model for the Disney World fairytale castle



Why a cheat? Well it's a stitch of several photos to get the full panorama, which I could not achieve in one single shot.
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I would offer the opinion that it is a fine photo no matter how you put it together.
 
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I would love to see more people contribute to this thread.
 
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:19 PM
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windmill shot

This is about as wide as my 35mm could take in at this location. I had just got the lens and wanted to try it out. I love old windmills and not many of them left here where I live.
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Oh, I like that a lot...
 
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