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    Ben Glick
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    Hey! So recently we had a lot of snow at our house! Nearly 18 inches of snow fell or the time-span of about a day and a half.

    So I decided to go out for a little late night shooting, I found these two photos out of the ones I took. I found them to be pretty satisfactory for what I was expecting 🙂

    (Quick note: These photo’s were taken in pitch black setting with flash only being the main source of light, so I understand some people are going to comment on lighting and focus and such, most of that was changed and altered from the snow… not me)

    Photo 1:
    Camera Make: Canon
    Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL SL1
    Lens Model: EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
    Lens Specification: 55/1 250/1 0/1 0/1
    F-Stop: F4
    Aperture: F4
    Focal Length: 55.0 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/64 s
    Exposure Time: 1/60 s
    Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
    ISO Speed Rating: 400

    Photo 2:
    Camera Make: Canon
    Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL SL1
    Lens Model: EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
    Lens Specification: 18/1 55/1 0/1 0/1
    F-Stop: F3.5
    Aperture: F3.5
    Focal Length: 20.0 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/64 s
    Exposure Time: 1/60 s
    Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
    ISO Speed Rating: 400

    I think they turned out pretty good for what I expected, can’t wait to hear your input!

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    #35717

    Jinny Schober
    Participant

    Wow! I really like these! You did a good job, especially for the conditions you were in. One thing I would say, is that the caption in the top left corner is a little distracting. Now, if you have a specific purpose for these photos, and the caption has to be on them, that’s fine. But if not, I don’t really think it is necessary (I like to put my normal photography watermark in a lower, less obvious corner, but that is not a rule).

    #35733

    Ben Glick
    Participant

    Hey Jinny! Thanks so much! I love that you like them! Your point is very authentic and I like where you are going with that! There are two main reasons for why the photo has the watermark it does, (Quick disclaimer: This photo is extremely large, it is actually a 13 Mb photo, so a lot got cut off of the edges, you can even see that with how the writing was kinda cut off, this wasn’t my intention, but, nothing I could do, I wanted to keep the resolution I had…).

    1. Photo theft is a big thing, while I certainly don’t expect it here, I usually make sure my watermark and title are noticeably large and centered in a spot that becomes tough for photoshopping.

    2. The photo is very important, (of course) but next to the photo, the title is just as equally important! So always make sure your title is large and in charge! This will help add some “background” to the photo, and just makes it look more all around nice.

    Thanks for your advice and taking time to look over the photo I deeply appreciate it!

    #35801

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    @ryanben2
    I love snow! I really like the way you were able to capture the snow falling.

    I think I’d play around with the crop on the first picture, perhaps cropping at the bottom so there’s a bit less of the blank whited out foreground.
    In the second picture, compositionally, I think it would’ve been nice to step back a bit and include more of the church, as well as more of the post of the mailbox. It looks cut off. 🙂 As far as editing goes, it would be nice to edit out the telephone wires if possible.

    2. The photo is very important, (of course) but next to the photo, the title is just as equally important! So always make sure your title is large and in charge! This will help add some “background” to the photo, and just makes it look more all around nice.

    I’m not sure that I quite agree with this comment. A photo shouldn’t need a title to tell its story. A great photo is one that tells its own story, leaving the viewer with no unanswered questions. A title is nice, but not necessary.

    #35862

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hey @ryanben2, Merry Christmas! That is so fun…18 inches! Definitely worth going out for. 🙂 I remember there was a blizzard when I was in Chicago once and I went out in the middle of it and it was crazy walking through all the drifts. The streets were deserted but then I saw a car that was stuck and so helped shovel them out. I don’t remember getting any spectacular pictures, being night and all, but it sure was a fun memory!

    It’s kinda neat having the church in the background in the second photo, with the snow falling in front. Maybe without the powerlines, tree and mailbox it would be a pretty neat effect!

    Yeah, original photos straight out of the camera are typically pretty huge these days! How did you go about downsizing it to just a matter of KBs? You should be able to do this without having to crop any of the picture.

    And by the way, if you’d like me to critique your photos in more detail, just let me know on the webinar on January 15! https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-jan-15/

    #35898

    Ben Glick
    Participant

    Hey, thanks so much for taking time to look at and determine some aspects these photo’s can grow in! I understand what you are saying and agree with a lot of your advice!

    I think I’d play around with the crop on the first picture, perhaps cropping at the bottom so there’s a bit less of the blank whited out foreground.

    Great advice! There probably isn’t a need for snow that isn’t coloring or adding to the photo to be in the photo! I will do my best to crop that just a touch more; one concern, the photo is a really high aperture already. I want to be careful not to have a photo that’s cut super short if that makes sense.

    In the second picture, compositionally, I think it would’ve been nice to step back a bit and include more of the church, as well as more of the post of the mailbox. It looks cut off. 🙂 As far as editing goes, it would be nice to edit out the telephone wires if possible.

    Super great stuff, awesome job noticing all these things, I had totally missed most of them! A couple things real quick, one, the intention of the photo was not to capture the church but was to have it in the background. The main focus of the photo was supposed to be in the road that was leading off into darkness, so to have the church completely in focus was never my intention. Two, again the mailbox had nothing to do with the road, or the focus of the photo. Later on I even tried to pull some attention away from it by masking it slightly in post-processing. However, it is wise to note that the cut of aspect does draw attention, I appreciate you noticing that, I will go back and rework that. There, you are absolutely right, telephone wires are my weakness, I had totally missed them and they really shouldn’t be there, thank you for pointing those out!

    Again I appreciate you taking the time to look over and figure out how to make these photo’s better. Thank you Lydia.

    #35914

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    @ryanben2

    A couple things real quick, one, the intention of the photo was not to capture the church but was to have it in the background.

    Understood. However everything that is included in the photo is still part of the photo, whether it be background, foreground, subject. So even though the church is not the subject, but is in the dark, unlit background, it still is part of the photo and, in my opinion, shouldn’t look cut off. Plus, I think it really adds to the feel of the photo.

    Again I appreciate you taking the time to look over and figure out how to make these photo’s better.

    My pleasure!

    #36350

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hey @ryanben2, just wanted to let you know I made a couple quick comments about your photos here if you’d like to watch it. Here’s the link: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar011519/

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