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    Logan Lamar
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    Hey Everyone!
    So, I was in @jamesstaddon‘s neck of the woods a few months back… okay, I was in DC, and he was in West Virginia, but when you’re from the Pacific Northwest, everything over there is “east.” Anyway, I totally played the tourist and took pictures of everything… but I still tried to get creative.

    That said, what do you all think of this shot? What do you like, what do you not like? And as I don’t think I’ll be having an opportunity to go back for a while, how can I maximize this shot in the editing process?

    Canon EOS 60D
    EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS @ 80mm
    ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/320
    Edited with Luminar 2018.
    Taken out of the window of a Nissan Pathfinder (that I think was moving). 🙂

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    Logan Lamar
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    p.s. happy election day, my American friends.

    #34698

    Daniel Hancock
    Participant

    Hey Logan,

    I like the composition with the traffic and all. It makes it unique. Seems a little dark, but it is kind of hard to adjust for that when shooting out of a car with little time to change the exposure. 🙂 Here’s my shot from the inside of the rotunda.

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    Ben Glick
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    Woah, real quick, I have a question real quick, what is that fairly large just black splotch to the lower left hand side of the photo, As a rule of thumb, that’s a big no-no. Photo looks great, but the black splotch needs to go unless it is adding to the photo heavily, which it appears it is not.

    #34717

    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    @dhancock, it does look a little dark, and my histogram confirms your statement. I can’t believe that I, a former JPEG-only shooter, would say this, but the nice thing about shooting RAW is that I don’t have to perfectly nail the exposure in camera (I just have to get pretty close). I’ll boost the exposure a bit in my editor.

    @ryanben2, yeah, the black splotch… that’s the Nissan Pathfinder. I took a burst of photos similar to this one, but they all have that part of the car (it’s part of the door; I think I didn’t want to stick my camera out the window to far)… unfortunately, you are right, it’s not adding to the photo much. I have one photo that has the black splotch in a lesser intensity. I might try using that one.

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    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    How’s this?

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    Logan Lamar
    Participant

    I didn’t like my crop job. How’s this?

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    the black splotch… that’s the Nissan Pathfinder. I took a burst of photos similar to this one, but they all have that part of the car (it’s part of the door; I think I didn’t want to stick my camera out the window to far)

    LOL! I thought that black splotch was an extremely strong vignette to protect the license plate identity of whoever happened to be in front of you in traffic! And I was going to tell you that was a kind idea, but the vignette was a bit too strong. 😀

    I like the picture though. Different angle from what you normally see of the Capitol building.

    And being from the northeast, I found your initial comment about “everything over there is ‘east'” to be particularly humorous!

    #34736

    Ben Glick
    Participant

    @loganlamar That’s what I’m talking about! The less of that the better, even if you think it makes the photo look bad by shrinking it, it will continue to look better without “blur” or “impurities” in the photo, Idk if you might want to go all the way and crop out all the black in the photo.

    Now using @jamesstaddon idea, what is the idea behind this photo? If you “had” to sell this photo what would you sell it as, and how would you edit or retake it according to this new guideline? Something good and important to be thinking about with every photo as I have personally learned 🙂

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Glad you got to spend some time out East, @loganlamar! I was just in the DC area last weekend….just a week or so off. 🙂

    I’d experiment with editing the clouds to really make them pop!

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