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Artistic Photography

CammanCamman NEW! England Icrontian
edited Oct 2011 in Lifestyle
I didnt want to post this in the "Digital Camera Example Thread" because I wanted to see some pictures people took as art and not just like an example of how pictures look on their digital camera.

Now let me start off by saying, I dont claim to be an artist, or a photographer or anything like that, I just have a new hobby of heading out with my digital camera and take pictures of stuff because it's fun for me, its a pretty low-cost activity, and sometimes I take pictures I really like. Here's some stuff I shot today, I'd love to see photos other people take if they're into just heading out with the camera as well, any comments/criticism/tips are also more than welcome! :) these are just 4 of them that I really liked and thought came out the best.

Some stuff I shot today, check it out, comment if youd like

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<img src="http://totalgeekmedia.com/photos/towerbw.jpg">;
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<img src="http://totalgeekmedia.com/photos/fence2bw.jpg">;
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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    My only picture I've taken.
  • mmonninmmonnin Centreville, VA
    edited May 2004
    I few suggestions, I have taken photography in hs:

    For the one looking thru the chain links, get closer so that most of the picture is thru one hole and there is an object in the background. The link will focus your attention to the object in the background. Its called using frames. Leave some area outside the hole but most of the pic inside hole.

    For the ones where you are looking down the fence, have something at the end of the fence. The fence will lead your attention to the object at the end of the fence. The fence right now doesnt really lead my eyes to anything.

    A good test to see if the object you want to be the center of attention is to see if your eyes are first drawn to that. The first thing someone should look at is the focal point of the picture.

    Hope that helps in your picture taking.:)
  • Nolf-JobNolf-Job Inside each and every one of you!
    edited May 2004
    I like your top two Camman. If they're digital photos, you should try messing around with curves and levels in photoshop if you can. There's a lot of contrast in those black and white photos that could be brought out.

    Here are some I took at school, and one from the top of the Sears Tower.
  • ScuffScuff Southwestern, Pennsylvania
    edited May 2004
    Those are some awesome pictures. Thrax where was the on walkway picture taken? Its cool- the lighting and shadows.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Must be that short bus. Heh. ;D

    Nolf took those pictures.
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Naples, FL Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Camman wrote:
    I didnt want to post this in the "Digital Camera Example Thread" because I wanted to see some pictures people took as art and not just like an example of how pictures look on their digital camera.

    Now let me start off by saying, I dont claim to be an artist, or a photographer or anything like that, I just have a new hobby of heading out with my digital camera and take pictures of stuff because it's fun for me, its a pretty low-cost activity, and sometimes I take pictures I really like. Here's some stuff I shot today, I'd love to see photos other people take if they're into just heading out with the camera as well, any comments/criticism/tips are also more than welcome! :) these are just 4 of them that I really liked and thought came out the best.

    Some stuff I shot today, check it out, comment if youd like


    <img src="http://seacoastelite.com/photos/towerbw.jpg">;
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    You did well. If you want some wild effects, try running these through PhotoPaint... I like the central link in link-through with watertower having water tower framed in one fence link opening, and if you get too close, with a digital, the links will blur to get whole pic inside link unless it is a small object. Digital cams can be "far-sighted." These have a "don't fence me OUT" feel.

    With a good pure normal camera, the pixel res is so tight, that folks who are pro artists are using 8 MP cameras to get these effects in fine focus with foreground and background flattened visually enough to record both in detail. You can get whole pic in a single link with both being detailed in final product, but you start with TWO pictures to get that from a digital source that is not hugely expensive. One of link, with everything else cut out, then a pic of what you want in it. what you want in it becomes background pic, the frame object gets layered on top of it in digital editign software. Photopaint, and Pasint Shop Pro can layer pics like this, and have tools to fade things in and out. You can select an area, wipe it to transparent, then have another pic below or above it and get artwork, but two pics are the starting point for even my 4 MP Camedia. That is how you do what marc suggests with a digital and have both in focus.

    You have a good focal compromise in your artwork, now crop and see how far you can blow up the single link and tower. If your camera can natively save Tiff, and you can work with those tiffs, those will blow up better and retaiin edges, especially for radical blowups. For black and whites with no more than 255 gray scale steps, you can use .gif also, and that will be better than JPG for this one editing thing as far as how far you can blow things up without fuzzing them all to heck.

    The corner pic is nice, but if you could drop soem of the hyper-bright washout and imitate sun through a thin cloud as far as diffusion you could get a sharp corner and have a sun splash effect that is slightly less doing a washout.

    You have the basic edgy "realism art" idea well illustrated, Camman.
  • DexterDexter Vancouver, BC Canada
    edited May 2004
    Excellent Thread Idea Cam :)

    Here's one I took about a year and a half ago, this was during a walk in a nearby forest-park, with my wife and my dog. It was early evening, and a fog had just rolled in, and my dog was running up the path toward me. I set the camera for action settings (flash on, fast exposure.) The result...

    Dexter...
  • DexterDexter Vancouver, BC Canada
    edited May 2004
    And another...

    this is a cactus in the backyard of my in-laws home in Sun City (Phoenix) Arizona, framed with the sun high and behind...

    Dexter...
  • DexterDexter Vancouver, BC Canada
    edited May 2004
    And a few more....

    Late one evening I was zoning out staring into the fire place, when it occured to me that it might be neat to play with the camera and some different settings takng pics of the fire.

    Pic #1: No flash, long exposure time. Captures some nice glowing embers and blurs some flame movement.

    Pic #2: same settings, tighter on the base of the fire.

    Pic #3: Wider shot, no flash, even longer exposure time. This had the effect of really "searing" the flame into the image.

    Pic #4: Normal settings with flash. Basically cancels out any effect of the firelight, serving somewhat as a reference file. Captures flame flickers in mid-air while still showing base ember glows, and also catches some smoke in the process.

    Dexter...
  • DexterDexter Vancouver, BC Canada
    edited May 2004
    And the last one for now. My wife took this one, a silhouette of our older daughter as light by the sun coming in through a window.

    Dexter...
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Dex: I LOVE that dog pic... That is hilarious!
  • MadballMadball Fort Benton, MT
    edited May 2004
    Some outdoor pics
  • CammanCamman NEW! England Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    wow, some great stuff guys, I really appreciate the feedback and suggestions on my first batch of photos, and Nolf, that second photo you have there is just incredible, I love seeing other people's work, glad to see others are interested in this thread, here's my two favorite pics from today's excursions in the beautiful 85 degree weather (the warmest day by far this year around these parts!)

    <img src="http://purposelessproductions.net/misc/breakwater.jpg">;

    <img src="http://purposelessproductions.net/misc/3treeisland.jpg">;
  • dodododo Landisville, PA
    edited May 2004
    I like this shot from Jamaica....
  • dodododo Landisville, PA
    edited May 2004
    Here's another, this time from here in the US...
  • dodododo Landisville, PA
    edited May 2004
    camman, i like that first shot you have there, that was taken in portsmouth? the lighting is excellent.

    ~dodo
  • CammanCamman NEW! England Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    dodo wrote:
    camman, i like that first shot you have there, that was taken in portsmouth? the lighting is excellent.

    ~dodo


    oooo I really like that second one over the water.

    yeah, all these are from around the Portsmouth area, the first set are at an old weapons storage place that is now a wildlife preserve and the second ones were from Odiorne Point state park and Four Tree Island (if you know the area at all, otherwise the names I guess are kind of pointless to mention :) ), I really liked that one at the breakwater because you can see how the water is alot rougher on the right side, came out quite well
  • dodododo Landisville, PA
    edited May 2004
    Camman wrote:
    I really liked that one at the breakwater because you can see how the water is alot rougher on the right side, came out quite well

    wow, i didnt even notice the difference in the water. thats amazing!

    ive driven through the portsmith area, but i looked on a map where those state parks are, and i have never gotten out to the point there. perhaps i should sometime.

    ~dodo
  • morfeumorfeu Lisbon, Portugal
    edited May 2004
    Nice to see this kind of thread over here.

    Here's a photo to an water drop at my kictchen, i took at least 40 shots to get this one, loads of pacience and luck required.
  • morfeumorfeu Lisbon, Portugal
    edited May 2004
    Here it is another one:

    (I've resized, it was a bit big for here)
  • DexterDexter Vancouver, BC Canada
    edited May 2004
    Morfeu:

    those are GREAT pics!

    Dexter...
  • NomadNomad A Small Piece of Hell Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Sorry Nolf, felt like screwing around with your bridge image, hope you don't mind.

    Bridge.jpg
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Morfeu, those are professional-grade photos you posted. Outstanding craft you have.
  • morfeumorfeu Lisbon, Portugal
    edited May 2004
    Leonardo wrote:
    Morfeu, those are professional-grade photos you posted. Outstanding craft you have.

    Thank you Leo, u can always check more photos at my photos link bellow.

    Im hoping to post some of my best photos at some magazines (newspapers) this year over here in Portugal, wish me luck. :)
  • CammanCamman NEW! England Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Morfeu, those are incredible photos, quite excellent and beyond the capacity of anything I could do.


    In case anyone is interested, a really popular website for news info about stuff going on in my area, www.PortsmouthNH.com currently has one of my photos on their front page as it's part of a spring photo contest for pictures taken around the seacoast area.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    Me practicing with focal length and exposure time on my Olympus C50-Z.
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  • entropyentropy Yah-Der-Hey (Wisconsin)
    edited May 2004
    thrax, i really like that pic :) blue tint and sparkles really add a cool effect. if i had one of those, i'd try to closer and try to slow down the shutter so it catches the impact and a slight blur ... but that's a very cool picture
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    The neat thing is, that picture wasn't manipulated at all with any program. Came right off the camera, resized, and posted. I love it.
  • entropyentropy Yah-Der-Hey (Wisconsin)
    edited May 2004
    how'd you get all the blue? or is it just reflecting from the blue blanket/carpet/whatever that's resting on?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2004
    White balance adjustment. :)
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