August 13, 2010 1:31 pm at 1:31 pm #704203
All of these sunset, nature, etc. photos, can be downloaded as stock photos. What is the benefit of taking them yourself?August 13, 2010 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #704204
Helpful- oh come on…it’s a beautiful thing to take nice photos!
whatrutalkingabt- thanx a lot one above clouds I took from a plane- lucky shot!!! The rainbow one was at an airshow it was a beautiful sight!!!August 13, 2010 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm #704205
The benefit of taking them yourself is that you can sell them as stock photos.August 13, 2010 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm #704206
All of these sunset, nature, etc. photos, can be downloaded as stock photos. What is the benefit of taking them yourself?
Why paint a painting when you can just go to an art store and buy one?
Why write a story when you can just go to the library and get one for free?
Why compose a song when you can go buy a CD?
The answer to all of the above (and to your question) is that some people like to be creative. Not everything in the world is utilitarian. Some things are done just for the sake of doing them and the process of being creative.
I don’t shoot a picture of a sunset so that I can have a picture of a sunset. I shoot it because I want to do so and get the nicest shot that I can.
Does the world need another picture of a sunset, or the Empire State Building or a dog or a bee or a kid smiling at play? No, but I like to create them anyway.
The WolfAugust 13, 2010 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm #704207
Wolf, I agree except for the child at play. The world NEEDS 15,000,213 pictures of my children smiling.August 13, 2010 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #704208
WolfishMusings- please check out my photos on the page before and give me your valuable comments…thanx!August 13, 2010 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm #704209
I have to go into a meeting in a few minutes, so I’m afraid it’ll have to wait a bit. 🙂
Which moderator gave you a permission slip excusing you from the CR?August 13, 2010 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #704210
WolfishMusings- which meeting could possibly be more important than my pix????
Ha ha haAugust 13, 2010 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #704211
Wolf, I agree except for the child at play. The world NEEDS 15,000,213 pictures of my children smiling.
So that’s 7,500,106 of one child, and 7,500,107 of the other. No favorites, of course? 🙂August 13, 2010 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #704212
You’ve got some very interesting shots there. There’s a lot I could say about them — some in general praise (i.e. they’re great shots) and some in ways that I think they could be improved.
I’ll start with a few…
The sunset picture. It’s a nice picture, but I think there is room for improvement. For starters, you might want to check out the “Rule of Thirds” that I mentioned earlier. In your picture, the horizon is smack-dab in the middle of the picture. See if you can crop it to place the sun in one of the junctures used by the rule of thirds and let me know if you think it looks better.
Easily my favorite shots of the ones you put up is picture 8 — the rainbow with the fighter jets in formation. That’s a very nice shot — it’s visually pleasing and the geometric formation of the jets above the rainbow just looks right. Some of the other airshow shots you have are also very good.
Interestingly, I wasn’t all that crazy about the lion shot. While you might have lucky to get a shot of him, it really doesn’t do much. We can’t see his face, nor do we really have a good idea of what he’s doing. While there’s no “rule” that says that we have to see the subject’s face to make it an interesting picture, I think that if you’re not going to include it, there should be a good reason for it, which I don’t see in that picture. I think the giraffe pictures are much better — we can see the subjects’ faces and have some idea of what they are doing.
Lastly, I like the picture from above the clouds. We don’t get to see that kind of shot very often, and I love the “surreal” look that the tops of clouds provides.
Keep snapping! You’ve got some very good shots there and the more you shoot, the better your pictures will be.
The WolfAugust 13, 2010 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm #704213
Squeak, the extra picture is of the two of them.August 13, 2010 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm #704214
Assignment: Change The Perspective
A change in perspective can make an ordinary picture into something much different. By taking your picture of an ordinary, everyday object from an angle we don’t usually see, you can radically change your picture and make that ordinary, everyday object far more interesting. Take a look at this picture:
I took this shot in the salt marsh near Marine Park. This plant is only about a foot and a half tall. I could have shot downward at it, but it would have just looked like an ordinary bushy plant. We see those all the time… they’re boring and uninteresting. To take this shot, however, I laid down on the ground under the plant and shot upwards. Aside from creating the effect that the plant is some tall tree, it also makes the picture far more interesting.
Another example is this picture:
We’ve all seen shots of the Brooklyn Bridge before… but not many people shoot it from the underside. I took this shot while on a Circle Line boat around Manhattan. By shooting the subject from a different angle, the picture (IMHO) is far more interesting.
This is something you can do with ANY camera — you don’t need a fancy SLR to do this. Go out, find a subject and take a picture… but take it from a different angle to make it more interesting. Show us your subject in a way we don’t usually see it. Then come back and post the pictures. 🙂
The WolfAugust 13, 2010 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm #704215
Wolf- thanks a lot for your valuable comments- knew you wouldn’t let me down! The reason I included that lion shot is not because I thought it was a professional shot in the slightest quite the contrary its one of the worst shots I’ve done, wire fencing and all- I just thought that I was very lucky to see this magnificent creation of Hashem yawning which takes a couple of seconds and just about managed to capture it forever! my personal thought!August 13, 2010 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #704216
Interestingly enough the photo of the rainbow with the jets is my favorite shot too- I stood there with my camera poised until it was in perfect formation!!! But 100% worth it!
The cloud picture- I made the contrast a bit stronger on that photo to give it that beautiful “surreal” look. Glad you liked it!August 16, 2010 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #704218
1st shot – Perhaps as a side-view silhouette?
Second shot… at a girl’s camp in upstate NY?
The 1st shot was taken after about 90 minutes of walking, so my son’s “self portrait” was just that; sitting down, staring at the ground, but you gave me a great idea for the next family picture
The 2nd shot was taken in Harriman State Park (about 20 minutes from Monsey) at the intersection of several popular trails (hence the term “Times Square”)August 16, 2010 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #704219
Nice shots. I guess the obvious answer to “which one is photoshoped?” would be the subway picture – but assuming this is a trick question, I would guess the sofer one – why? simply b/c I’ve never seen a left-handed sofer! Of course, this could have just been a left-handed sofer. But either way, it definitely makes the picture nicer when he’s left-handed b/c this way you can also see the letters on the right!
Keep up the great work,
BlintzAugust 16, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #704220
Are those chairlift shots from Whistler, BC?August 16, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm #704221
Indeed! (the map on the side displays all the correct locations of my pics).August 17, 2010 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #704223
Whoa, Blintz.. nisht poshut!
When I’m ready to cut some fresh powder in the Idaho backcountry (read: never!) I’ll call you for some pointers.
Florida, on the other hand sounds real temtping..
Awesome shots, though. I’ve tried the bunny slopes, and can only imagine what you faced. And with all that, you have the presence of mind to take pictures! Whew!August 17, 2010 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #704224
Wolf, Your photo truly IS amazing. Did you realize that the focus is on the flower and not on the bee? You said you were photographing bees when the focus is actually on the flower.
If you were to enlarge the photo you will see more clearly what I mean. The flower is sharply in focus while the bee is slightly out of focus. If your objective was the bee it should have been the other way around.
Once again I stress – the photo is an amazing one! You can market it for lotsa $.August 19, 2010 6:26 am at 6:26 am #704225
hey so i thought i’d join in on this photo sharing. i’ve been into photography for a few years now, but its all just a hobby, i’d really appreciate to get critiqued!
btw i have to say SJS i LOVE your pictures. especially the first one is gorgeous, and i also absolutely love the one on the ski lift with all the fog. so beautiful.
and wolf i love your macro flower pics and the flame picture is so cool. and the last pic is also awesome. so national geographic =)
anyway, here’s my link:August 19, 2010 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #704226
Wow smile66 incredible shots- seriously you got major talent. My favorites are 1, 25, 52. Real quality!!!
Please check out my photo link on page 1 and let me know what you think.August 19, 2010 1:46 pm at 1:46 pm #704227
Wolf- Picture no. 47 is really beautiful the way you got the flower in the raindrop- i love it!!!August 19, 2010 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #704228
noitallmr – first of all, thanks!
my favorite of your pics is definitely 11, and i really like 18 & 19 too. but 11 – whoa seriously i love it it’s gorgeous. the colors are awesome, plus the place is just gorgeous. i’d love to see your other pics of that lake.August 29, 2010 1:24 pm at 1:24 pm #704229
Seems like a shame to see this cool thread go underground.
Please check out my pix- would love your comments!August 30, 2010 3:04 am at 3:04 am #704230
I just want to say thanks again Wolf for starting this thread (and everyone else for their pictures, which are ALL breathtaking!!!!) because I’m now looking at the world around me very differently, and I’m noticing things I don’t think I would’ve seen before.
Also, Helpful, you wrote All of these sunset, nature, etc. photos, can be downloaded as stock photos. What is the benefit of taking them yourself?
I was thinking about it and it’s the natural tendency of people that when they see something gorgeous (or hear something good) to want to share it with others. So when you see a stunning sunset, you automatically want to capture it and show it to others, or even to just look at later.August 30, 2010 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #704231
noitall- Im not into photography but i do appreciate nice photos- Where was #8 taken?August 30, 2010 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #704232
Very lucky shot. I took it in an airshow in England a few years ago. The rainbow suddenly came by and the commentator said that the planes will specially fly over it for all the photographers out there.
SO i snapped it!!!
Thanx for the appreciation!!!August 30, 2010 9:04 pm at 9:04 pm #704233
Your welcome- its beautiful and unique.August 30, 2010 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #704234
wolfish, ur pics are stunning!!! keep ’em coming!!!
if ur not a prof. photographer, you should totally become one- you have such potential!August 30, 2010 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm #704235
i wish i had a digital camera!! as it is, all my goood pictures are with my friend in her digital camera so i’ll have to check if she still has them (haven’t taken a decent one with a decent camera in about 3 years), but if she does, up goes a picassa account!
i LOVE photography as a hobby, but never learned.August 30, 2010 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm #704236
HashemLovesMe, i also like his pics. But where is Wolf- i haven’t seen him in awhile….?August 30, 2010 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #704237
smile, ur pics are stunning! q for u: it looks like you were in israel when u took these pix. were you? (i’m assuming u are a girl-hope i’m right:) were they taken in sem?
if i’m wrong-sorry, hope ur mochel me!August 30, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm #704238
emoticon613- no need to learn! Photography is something that comes naturally you either have it or you dont- you cant really teach someone!!! Come on- get your account going and lets see what you got!August 30, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #704239
to really be the best you need an eye and an intuitive sense for composition, lighting, and emotional impact
but one can improve dramatically and continually with education and experienceAugust 31, 2010 7:48 am at 7:48 am #704240
I agree with Mod 80- you definitely need a photographers eye and be creative enough to get stunning shots. But untill you learn the basics of aperture, shutter speeds, focal length, depth of field etc… you’re no different than the next guyAugust 31, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am #704241
Moderator-80- agreed. Btw seen my pictures?August 31, 2010 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm #704242
ill try and take a look tonight bli nederSeptember 1, 2010 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm #704243
Moderator-80- no pressure- you just sounded that you know what ur talking about so wud appreciate your comments!September 1, 2010 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #704244
hey if ur at it anyway mod80 u think u cud check mine out too?
hashemlovesme – yup i think just about half of them were taken in sem 🙂September 8, 2010 1:23 am at 1:23 am #704245
I didnt read through all the posts, so dunno if anyone mentioned this yet…some of the pics ive seen so far are great but one should have in mind the rule of thirds: the subject of the shot shouldnt be in the center–rather, towards either edge of the lens….gives it a more real and imperfect lookSeptember 8, 2010 2:34 am at 2:34 am #704246
Wolf –any way I can access your pics any other way the jnet does not allow picassaSeptember 14, 2010 2:36 am at 2:36 am #704249
i wonder if anybody could give some feedback on these pictures i think the vertical is much better – but i wonder what you think – Thank you for your Comments or criticism http://picasaweb.google.com/109601087746802031145/Favorites#September 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am #704250
the vertical is better, you’re right:
1. since it’s taken from farther away, the man on the bike and other similar distractions aren’t visible, they just become part of the shadowing.
2. it’s more centered. usually, the subject shouldn’t be centered, but when the subject itself is symmetrical, it should be centered because if not, it lends an oddly lopsided look to the picture.
3. the horizon on the vertical one is about two thirds from the top, while on the horizontal version, it’s closer to the middle, a cardinal sin in the world of landscape photography.
that’s my (unprofessional) opinion.
they’re both really really good though. where in the world is that?September 14, 2010 1:52 pm at 1:52 pm #704251
I like the landscape shot better, as it gives me a sense of the expansivness of the overpass. Is this somewhere in Austria?September 14, 2010 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm #704252
thank you for your comments.
they were taken in Ottawa standing on one of the locks of the Rideau Canal – The building on the left is a fairmont hotelSeptember 14, 2010 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm #704253
smile, i also have millions of gorgeous pics from sem. i just don’t have the patience to download all of them. know of a really quick and easy way?September 14, 2010 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm #704254
just some of my pics from semSeptember 14, 2010 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #704256
the first pic is cool
it’s not too hard or laborous to upload onto picassa. if you already have a google account especially. (if u don’t it’s not hard to do that either…) all you have to do is go to picasa.google.com and download picasa, and then all the pictures from your comp automatically go onto it. you don’t have to monitor it or anything, you can just go off and do whatever, and then when it finishes you just choose the pictures you want to go into your album. and then you post the link here!
hope that answered ur question?September 21, 2010 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm #704260
If you have a chance, could you check these out and let me know what you think of them.
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