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Old Dec 15, 2003, 4:54 PM   #1
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These are my first pics with my new minolta Z1.

Im just starting with photography so nothing too harsh please!!

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http://uk.f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/...ral+Pics&.dnm=

Follow the links to the pics! For some reason they wouldnt work as an image here!!
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Old Dec 15, 2003, 6:21 PM   #2
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That second one is great!
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Old Dec 16, 2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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Come on everyone!!

Without comments on my pics I can never improve!!

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Old Dec 16, 2003, 8:12 PM   #4
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I'm with Joshua, the 2nd one is great. First looks nice but the colors seem washed out. I think it'd look better if the trees were closer and there was more color in the sky. 2nd one has great color. The tree is a very nice framing touch , but I think I'd try zooming/cropping in on it a bit more.
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I don't care for the exposure of the first photo. The colors are flat and you have lost highlights from the bright sky while losing significant texture in the shadows. I do, however, like the composition. The taller trees to the left offset the rise of the mountain to the right.

The second photo, again has good composition. I like the silohuette effect and the color of the sky is awesome although a bit muted. Perhaps Photoshop could punch that color and give you a great wall hanging.

Just my 2 cents....
All in all, pretty good photos.
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Thanks for the comments!!

I was tempted to use photoshop but decided to post the pictures straight from the camera (after resizing!!).

My theory is that if my shots are good enough i shouldnt have to use photoshop!!

Its easy to say but.......!!!
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Old Dec 17, 2003, 5:20 PM   #7
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My theory is that if my shots are good enough i shouldnt have to use photoshop!!
A nice theory, but if the great photographers of the world stuck to such a notion, we'd all be the lesser for it. In the darkroom, they crop, burn, dodge, choose chemicals & paper according the contrast they want, use filters, and so on and so forth. Photoshop is your darkroom.
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well said, Barbara
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Old Dec 21, 2003, 7:55 AM   #9
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I like the second shot but I like the soft , haze, colors of the first one too.
BTW I had a look at Ventilation and that's something I like too.

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My theory is that if my shots are good enough i shouldnt have to use photoshop!!
I agree with Barbara.
In any case there is no point in not using PhotoShop at all.

It is just another expressive tool u have at your disposal like a wideangle lenses or shutter speed : the only difference is that this are tools to be used before shooting while the other ( chemical darkroom included ) are tools used after shooting ( like deciding if u want to print on a matte or glossy paper, to have the most trivial expample ).

And so ?

When it is your brain that actively partecipate to the process it makes no difference for me the tools u use cause at the end what does really matter are your ideas and your tool knowledge and skills that are needed to turn out that lonely idea in your mind into something real that can be shared to other people.

Italian Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1504, the author of the David Statue in Florence) once said :
"The masterpiece is already inside the murble block. The task of the artist is the remove the stuff around it".

Well, I perfectly agree with him and going back to your considerations I would say that I would not care if he had used a Black&Decker instead of a hammer and a chisel when creating the David
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I'm stealing that line, Sergio.
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