June 15th, 2008, 11:45 PM #31
June 16th, 2008, 06:41 AM #32
Very Nice, VF.
Originally Posted by ValleyFan
Last edited by BleedingPurple; June 24th, 2008 at 09:04 PM.
June 17th, 2008, 08:54 PM #33
I am not the photographer that some of the rest of you are so my comments may not have the weight of some of our more proficient photogs here. But in the spirit of the challenge I thought I would share my impressions. Plus I can't watch the Lakers get blown out any more!
PuckMonkey—I am a huge fan. You have such an eye for composition and I really like some of the clever tricks you’ve come up with in the other challenges. Ashes to Ashes has a cool feel to it with the contrast and texture. The cross leaning forward make it interesting to look at. Fif of Whiskey has the feel of a still life painting. I like the softer look of the HDR in this instance. The chair in the background totally looks painted. Nicely done. Monroviarrhea again has a gritty texture to it. The colors work so well together too. I like them all, but I think Monroviarrhea makes me think "old" the most.
FBJ—Love how you backlit the cameo. Gives it a ghostly quality. The contrast of the black necklace goes with the heavy black frame. So where are the rest of the pictures? Like PuckMonkey you come up with some clever stuff. I agree with VF that it would be interesting to see some other lighting setups which bring out the texture of the cameo. BTW I saw these pictures the other day and thought of you. That's going to be one bad ass plane.
\_==o IxxI—I like shooting nature shots too. Nothing older than nature! My favorites are 1 & 5, looking up at the tree and the boulders in the roots. The ducks on the water are nice, but I think the blown out highlights hurt it. In a mixed sun and shade situation I might take a few more shots and try bracketing. The sun through the tree is a better exposure because you held the shadow detail and have a nice blue in the sky. #5 with the roots is just really cool because you never see that. How on earth did that tree grow with nothing but rocks for soil? Again I think bracketing would help. It would be more dramatic with darker shadows and highlights that are not so washed out.
HeShootsNScores—Great composition! Photo 1 is really interesting to look at. Nice perspective and I like how the baskets accent the arch. Love the texture of the walls too. Looks like you are getting some blue fringing in the roof, but what are you going to do? That must have been dark in there to shoot 1/25th a 1600 iso. In photo 2 I like how the arch inside the arch draws you in to the image. The HDR gives it a softer look which I find pleasing.
Mitchrock—You lucky bastard. Alaska is the one place I have always wanted to go. Cool seeing a bald eagle up close and personal like that. Too bad you didn’t have a one of those "Africa lenses" to get a nice close up. The horse tram on the boardwalk is cool too. The sky and mountain got a little washed out. Maybe a polarizer filter would have helped? I like the sun coming through the trees in #4 and the green moss on the stump and fallen log. That’s how I picture Alaska, at least in the summer.
BleedingPurple—Welcome to the challenge! Nice shots. I love Mammoth in the spring and summer. Interesting trees in #1, almost like fingers on a giant hand. The ore car is definitely on topic. Nice perspective. I think I like the stump the best. It has a nice texture to it with all the detail in it. The out of focus background sets it off nicely. I would like to see a wider shot so we could see more of the landscape on the other side of the lake. The landscape in the background feels a bit cut off.
ValleyFan—You are another one of our masters here. I enjoyed your work in the other chanllenges as well. Ol’ School is clever! It does not take much to be OLD in the computer world. Now if you had a TRS80 or Commodore 64 that would be really ol’ school. All of your shots are very good. I like how you used depth of field on Rack and the warm tone. The Chadney’s sign is definitely old but it is juxtaposed against new construction in the background. The vignetting accentuates it nicely. F***in’ up is ugly but that’s the point right? Those are some sorry looking signs. Nice setup on the tomato. You said you are not happy with it but I don’t know how you get appealing results taking pictures of dead things. Definitely not appetizing. I feel like the flower is a little too saturated. The leaves are in focus but the flower is not. Is that intentional? I think I would like the whole thing in focus. Same comments for Lemon. Isolation through depth of field is good but I would like the flower in focus. I hate Frys the store but like your sign picture. We could do a thread just on Fry’s horror stories. Of the Burbank stairs pictures, I like #2 the best. I guess I am and optimist and like looking upward to the light more than looking down into a hole. The lack of color here gives it a very cold and hard feel. Interesting idea going to the old zoo. I have never been there. I agree with BP that the first shot is the best. Very cool. I like the composition, lighting and the sepia effect. Awesome job.
RinkRat—You have had a lot of great shots lately. And you’re getting published as well! Great work. Glad you finally found something old in LB. I like the contrast and the lines in the flaky paint. Works well in black and white. Definitely old.
I liked the topic this time. A lot of interesting takes on it. Actually I am little surprised we didn’t get any pictures of old people. I just wish I had more time to take pictures. Good job everyone.
June 18th, 2008, 07:38 AM #34
Added a couple. They don't really qualify, since they were shot before the Challenge started and posted late, but I didn't want to appear to suck so bad as to only have one image in my post.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
June 24th, 2008, 06:50 AM #35
So who won this challenge?
I'm hoping that life is calming down enough to be able to join in the next challenge.
June 24th, 2008, 08:11 AM #36
June 24th, 2008, 10:30 AM #37
Is this still open??
Well, I got this on Saturday, AT-6's:
June 25th, 2008, 05:10 PM #38
June 30th, 2008, 09:16 AM #39
Originally Posted by ValleyFan
These two definitely did it for me. I like the high contrast and extreme angles.
I proclaim ValleyFan the best of the best.
Everyone came to this challenge with great photos and I've got to say that even though participation was low, the pics were as varied and interesting as I had hoped they'd be.
I'm sorry to you all that I didn't really have time to critique everyone's shots, or even shoot many of my own. Work and family events sort of intruded.
I hope that eventually we all get the bug again and the challenge continues on at some point in the future.