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Mandy 11-06-2007 11:52 PM

My photos
 
I took these earlier today at the small ancient cemetery we have here in my middle of the country. For such a grim place, it's really very beautiful.

I don't know much about composition and whatnot since I've never taken any photography classes so hopefully I can get some decent comments.



Ranman 11-06-2007 11:54 PM

Kewl, reminds me of the opening of night of the living dead

Mandy 12-06-2007 12:04 AM

Thanks for the constructive comment?

Ranman 12-06-2007 12:06 AM

I meant no offence, They look a little scary. You have a good eye for pics.

mongoose 12-06-2007 07:14 AM

The pictures look nice. Too bad it's in black and white. (Did you ran out of coloured ink ? :p)

x.keirafan.x 12-06-2007 07:16 AM

They are nice so peacefull.

Leonie 12-06-2007 07:35 AM

Whoa - you've really managed to capture the atmosphere with your photos.

My mind goes "In every generation, there is a slayer..." when I see them.

I have no formal training either, so I'll shut up now.

MishanyaMSKK 12-06-2007 12:03 PM

nice to watch on the second one while smoken xDDD

hasselbrad 12-06-2007 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mandy (Post 76964)
I took these earlier today at the small ancient cemetery we have here in my middle of the country. For such a grim place, it's really very beautiful.

I don't know much about composition and whatnot since I've never taken any photography classes so hopefully I can get some decent comments.

I hope you don't mind me commenting like this, but it's a visual medium and I think it would be easier than scrolling up and down to see what I'm talking about.



http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/Alynndan/gy1.jpg
Compositionally, I like this one...except for the horizon. It is about halfway up the frame, and that is a little bit jarring from a compositional standpoint. A useful rule to remember is the rule of thirds. Basically, you divide the frame into thirds vertically and horizontally. Your focal point should fall on one of these lines.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/Alynndan/gy2.jpg
This photo works well along the lines of the rule of thirds. The perspective is a bit pedestrian though. Combine the angle of the road in the first one with the horizon on the third with this one and you've got a stunner.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/Alynndan/gy3.jpg
Get closer. A wide angle of tombstones works better in Arlington National Cemetary because of the numbers. Here, I'd rather see the texture of the tombstones.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/Alynndan/gy4.jpg
Now that I've told you to get closer...back up. :p Just a smidge. I'd like to see a little more sky. Also, play around with fill flash to shed a little more light on the subject. It will help bring out some of the details.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/Alynndan/gy5.jpg
On this one, I'd say frame it so there's some negative space on the left side. Compositionally, this feels a bit heavy.

Overall, an excellent sampling. One other thing, look into some filters if you want to keep shooting black and white (which you should, because contrary to what mongoose says :p ...black and white is beautiful) such as red and green. A red filter helps deepen your sky and make the clouds pop. Green is really good for bringing out textures, particularly in male portraiture.
In lieu of fill flash, try carrying a piece of white poster board and prop it so it bounces a little light onto the subject. This will open up some of the details a bit.

mongoose 12-06-2007 02:33 PM

Good to know, if I need a teacher for art, hassle is the one:icon_wink

DanMan 12-06-2007 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by mongoose (Post 77006)
Good to know, if I need a teacher for art, hassle is the one:icon_wink


Better make that Professor Hassle Sir! :icon_lol:

Mandy 12-06-2007 09:37 PM

Woooo Brad ftw! Thanks for the pointers. I really had no idea about the thirds thing. Once I get my SLR (which UPS says will be on thrusday), I'll look into filters more and such. Right now I'm just using my older crappy compact and desaturizing them in photoshop.




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Originally Posted by Leonie (Post 76988)
My mind goes "In every generation, there is a slayer..." when I see them.

Hahaha...there was actually vampires all around, but alas...you can't capture them in film. Stupid no reflection rule. BAH!

Digital_Ice 13-06-2007 01:50 AM

trust me mandy... when your 400d turns up... we wont hear from you for weeks.

i highly suggest getting the 65mm macro lens if you wanna do detail photography. it's a damn good lens.

hasselbrad 13-06-2007 02:34 PM

What lens(es) is the 400 coming with?

I need to get out the 'blads and do some shooting. First though, I'll need to find some medium format film. I miss my Nikons. :(

barrington 13-06-2007 07:26 PM

Kit lens on the 400D is 18-55mm.
Which will last Mandy and I about a month.

Mandy 13-06-2007 07:29 PM

A great friend of mine works at the digital photo studio where they sell cameras and lenses... I don't even know if I'll last a month, since she's going to let me test them.

hasselbrad 13-06-2007 07:32 PM

You need big, white Canon lenses...the ones with the L glass in 'em.
;)

Calipso 13-06-2007 07:36 PM

Mandy, what's you version of photoshop? i need it...

Nice photos, but i don't realy like " black and white".. but realy good!

hasselbrad 13-06-2007 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Calipso (Post 77090)
i don't realy like " black and white"

That's because you are lacking taste.
:p



:icon_lol:

Calipso 13-06-2007 07:55 PM

each one , each taste.

i prefer colors..


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