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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
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    The Ghost In My Backyard (Is Also A Scotch Drinker)
    1/30 sec f/5.6 ISO 200 - Pen light Etch-a-Sketching
    PM, how did you create this image? There were a couple of TV commercials last year that used a technique similar to this. Sir, all your images are very professional. Thanks for reminding me of how much I need to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG JOE View Post

    Edit : Nevermind, I looked it up on adobe. Will definitely give that a shot
    Well, HDR might not be the way to go, but it is a suggestion. Really what I was tying to get at was what PuckMonkey put so succinctly, the shorter lens is nice because you can see more of the metal and the lettering, but the longer lens offers a nice perspective. For some reason the longer lens is giving more camera flare than the short lens. These are long exposure shots (both with the same exposure information), so the first thing I wonder is if there is any minute ambient lighting difference between the two (even it is is something very small, like I was listening to my iPod or the radio was closer to a wall in the second shot than in the first shot) that might explain more defuse light in the long lens shot. My suggestion of an HDR is a bit of a hack, it is a (relatively) easy way to deal with an unknown problem. The better thing to do is to get it to work correctly in camera, but that might be hard to figure out what is causing the difference between the two, and in the end you may not be able to solve it because the long lens is more flare prone than your shorter lens. One relatively easy thing you might want to try before going over board with other possible solutions is make a lens hood for you long lens. Just get a piece of black construction type paper, and tape it in as narrow of a cone as you can on the end of your lens, that will help block out as much stray light as possible (remember, at a 30 second exposure, even very small light sources might be messing you up). The other thing is to try placing black flags (you can use anything black, like black sweater or t-shirt) on either side of the radio just out of frame, making a little hood to cover the radio face to block any light that might be bouncing back to the face off of other objects. I'm not sure that that will correct the difference we are seeing between your two shots, but it might help to give you an idea as to where the problem is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    FBJ - "Wetro" is a great image. Classic feel and the composition is great. I love how many different variations and degrees of the color red are shown without it looking like a "red" study. Nice work. And I have to say that while I also like the "Circles of Color" image, I think
    you have a better image in that set that you didn't show. The GCC1498 version of that set is my favorite.
    You're talking about this one?



    I actually felt that this one was too "close-up." I don't know. As I said before, the whole series of pics I've put up so far I've been rather indifferent about.

    Anyhow, another round of comments for the new stuff.

    ValleyFan,

    I have a tendency to hate people for creating things I love and want to be able to create myself. It's really nothing personal. Really.

    As I said before, I'm totally blown away by the "contact-sheet." I could spend fifteen or twenty minutes looking at that image and trying to see everything. An image that invokes that kind of obsession in people is something definitely worthy of high praise, in my opinion. Yes, even though you managed to knock 30 ideas off my list in one image.

    The triptychs are nothing short of perfect. I seriously want to have those things professionally framed and hang them in my kitchen. Very creative. I absolutely must attempt something like this myself.

    \_==o IxxI,

    The first M&M image is really clean. With just some minor changes in the way it's shot, it could be perfect. First, with such a slow shutter speed, you've gotta have the tripod. I'd suggest even a table-top model like the Joby Gorrilla Pod. Second, decrease the angle a little. In other words, get lower to the table top by an inch or two. This would take the shine-marks obscuring the M's and move them down the front of each piece of candy. That way, the M's would all still be visible. (Back the camera off from the candy in image #2 and you've pretty much got what I'm describing.)

    Other than that, great ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets
    I have a tendency to hate people for creating things I love and want to be able to create myself. It's really nothing personal. Really.
    "Squareway" is a great shot! Good find!

    "Red, Blue (and GREEN!)" is an amazing composition! Explain the "green" thing to me. Is that money in his pocket? It's rare that something like that goes over my head, so forgive me.

    I like the soft-box look in "Douche Libre." Oh and that little bitch probably had it coming.

    I need to try some penlight etch-a-sketching, I think. If the shapes aren't there, MAKE them!

    "Oils Slick" has a texture that I can't describe as anything but "sexy." No, the image doesn't have anything to do with sex. But the flow of the paint evokes that sort of thought in me for whatever reason. Nice job!

    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    I was getting worried that everyone was going to pass on this challenge, but the images so far have been great.
    I, too, was afraid that people might not jump into the fray here on this Challenge. Then again, I kinda thought the last Challenge was too, well, challenging...that is, before everyone rose to it so well.

    I just plain need to stop underestimating people. You guys are all making some great stuff! I'm already looking forward to whatever the next Challenge is, no matter how challenging!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by _==o IxxI View Post
    PM, how did you create this image? There were a couple of TV commercials last year that used a technique similar to this. Sir, all your images are very professional. Thanks for reminding me of how much I need to learn.
    I'm sure PM can tell you exactly his process, but I wanted to jump in because I was just sent a really cool light painting video that I wanted to share.

    These are done by keeping the shutter open, then painting the objects you want to see with some light source. String a bunch of this single images together, and you get an animation like the TV commercial.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DeoHoizadE"]YouTube - Light Painting Movie[/ame]
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    FBJ/FKJ,

    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ's pics


    Although the close up image may be a bit too tight, I like the fact that it clearly shows the texture of the paper. In the other shot, the only evidence of the paper texture are the areas where the crayon didn't mark the paper.

    Just my opinion!

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    Frick, PuckMonkey... You're a madman. That shot is awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post


    Ahh!! FINALLY we see where "bananaghost" came from!!

    Even in high-contrast black and white, these would SCREAM yellow and red. Also, have you tried adding grain through a filter in Photoshop? Though manipulation like that is pretty well outside the scope of these Challenges, that'd might be the way to make that pic look the way you want it to.

    Good choice of weaponry there in that second one, by the way. Though that 17 is in dire need of my "special modifications."
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    One more image added to my set. Probably my last for this challenge, but hopefully we'll see more added to the thread by everyone else. Keep'em coming!

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    WAAAAAAY behind here.... the end of January is the craziest time for me business-wise. But happy I was able to catch up today with some karma props for your efforts. Some really incredible images so far!

    I should be adding some stuff soon--weather and schedule permitting. Also tested an odd set-up concept that worked, but now I need to re-do the shots. Luckily there's still time and no-one's hit on it----yet.


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    OTTo VoN BLoTTo - I really like this a lot. The red soaking through the glass stem is sweet. I would love to see you take a little risk with the cropping. The right crop and recomposition here could turn a really good image into a great image.

    Funny you should say that, because Looking back at that short series many were close and this was the most pulled back of them all. But I liked this particular frame, so I've taken your advice and cropped it down. Hoping to replace it later. Thanks for the input!

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    Added some to my set today. All from my little walkabout at Universal CityWalk. I tried really hard to stay away from my standard crop-size and shape. There are some more images from my photo-outing today on my flickr page.
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