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Old Jun 14, 2011, 11:26 PM   #1
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Finally made to outside to shoot some pictures. Now I don't feel like a Peeping Tom, always looking and never posting.
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Old Jun 15, 2011, 12:39 AM   #2
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The desert is a perfect backdrop for that old keyboard. Nice pic.
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Old Jun 15, 2011, 2:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Jerry,
I was so excited about finding the keyboard that I forgot to change to a lens with less DOF, thank goodness for PS. Took me ten minutes before I told the wife about the keyboard on the ground. Wanted to keep it all to myself but I didn't and she out shot me.
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Old Jun 16, 2011, 2:03 AM   #4
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Help me out here, the wife says the keyboard doesn't stand out as it should in the picture. Any suggestions, tips or tricks would be helpful. Or does it look the way it should all dirty, dusty and blending into the ground?
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it does not really, the sun wash out allot of the wood, and there is not much contrast in the keyboard. I would try to increase the shadow, not much but it would help the contrast. And increase the shallow dof where the road and the middle frame grass is blur might draw the eye more on the keyboard. If it was not so sun bake, it would have more pop.
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Old Jun 20, 2011, 2:31 AM   #6
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The less DoF does look better, also up the saturation to the over all picture.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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This one stands out better.
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Thanks, I really like the less DoF version, just wished I had also tried some different angles on the keyboard.
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I imagine that I would prefer this photo if it had been spot-metered on the keyboard and shot with a very deep depth of field (maybe a 12mm FL). The thing that I like about the original shot is that the mountains are well enough in-focus to be part of the thematic composition of the photo, and the thing that I lke about the last photo is that the keyboard is clearly the center of attention. I imagine that something like selective metering and deep focus would combine what is attractive about each photo into one composition, but I am often wrong on such things once I see them IRL.
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tclune,
Didn't think of changing the metering mode, for some reason I seem to forgot about that control on the camera.

Thanks for looking and commenting,
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