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    Hi everyone.

    by BenV.2 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:38 pm

    Hi everybody.

    My name is Ben and I just recently go into photography. Bought myself a Canon 60D with a 18-200 lens and a Canon S100 while on holiday in the USA. Now I'm trying to decide what lens to get next and I'm leaning towards a EF 50mm f/1.2L

    Got some pretty good pictures (I think they're pretty good for a beginner anyway) while I was there.

    I took this one during a sunset at the grand canyon. Didn't like my originals so I made a HDR out of them, which turned out alright
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    Here's one from Vegas, I took by leaning out the window of the limousine while cruising down the strip.
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    You can probably guess this one.
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    Central park in NYC
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    And lastly (for now, I still have about 4000 to sort through and edit) monument valley
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    Any tips or critique (good or bad) is most welcome. It's really the only way to learn and improve after all.
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    Re: Hi everyone.

    by vlt87kal » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:21 pm

    welcome to the forums mate
    All Comments Welcome.......
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    by Dalzine » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:24 pm

    Last one for me, though you may want to go a little easier on the vignetting on the last three. First one could probably do with a bit of a straighten.

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    by BenV.2 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:09 am

    I can definitely go easier on the vignette next time. I edited those on an iPad so I didn't get a lighter option. I really should learn how to use photoshop better.

    So fr all I've figured out is how to create a HDR.
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    by Dalzine » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:53 am

    If you don't want to go through the steep learning curve of Photoshop then I can recommend Adobe Lightroom. Not as powerful as Photoshop but you still get non-destructive editing as well as local adjustments, gradient filters, spot removal, tonal adjustments and a bunch of one click presets to get you started.

    Plus you can add a vignette with a simple slider.

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    by Dug » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:00 pm

    Hi and welcome

    I must first give you my traditional evil canon scum comment

    Now I can say I quite like the photos ( for canon shots ) The Las Vagas is my fave.

    I don't mind the vignetting, it is just a personal taste thing.

    Photoshop is a steep learning curve but well worth the effort if you have the time.

    anyway cheers from the resident Nikon Bigot

    hope you stay and enjoy the other people here who are really friendly and nice :wink:
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    by BenV.2 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome guys.
    The Vegas one is my favorite too Dug. Brings back so many awesome memories every time I see it. I've got an A3 sized print of that one hanging in my room.
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    by heartyfisher » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:59 pm

    BenV.2 wrote:I can definitely go easier on the vignette next time. I edited those on an iPad so I didn't get a lighter option. I really should learn how to use photoshop better.

    So fr all I've figured out is how to create a HDR.


    Nice ... unusual place that USA :-)
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    Re: Hi everyone.

    by BenV.2 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:25 pm

    heartyfisher wrote:
    BenV.2 wrote:Nice ... unusual place that USA :-)

    Especially Vegas, some of the things I saw there can not be unseen...unfortunately.
    Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, St Augustine, Savannah, Washington DC and New York city were all really cool though.
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    by Dug » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:48 pm

    BenV.2 wrote:Especially Vegas, some of the things I saw there can not be unseen...unfortunately.



    PHOTOS !!!!!! :lol:
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    by Dug » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:50 pm

    Did you drive yourself ?

    How did you travel ?

    ( Curious because the only way I could imagine seeing America is from a car but the left hand drive thing worries me )
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    by Dug » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:45 pm

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    hope you don't mind Ben but I had a quick play with this shot in photoshop

    If you are OK with this can I suggest you put PPOK in your signature

    If not let me know and I am happy to remove the post

    Just my interpretation of the shot.

    Oh and from a personal note I would have taken the shot standing on the center line of the road :wink:
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    by BenV.2 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:51 pm

    Dug wrote:Image

    hope you don't mind Ben but I had a quick play with this shot in photoshop

    If you are OK with this can I suggest you put PPOK in your signature

    If not let me know and I am happy to remove the post

    Just my interpretation of the shot.

    Oh and from a personal note I would have taken the shot standing on the center line of the road :wink:



    Don't mind at all, that shot looks way better now then when I shopped it. I also wanted to take the shot from the middle of the road but a line of trucks coming from behind me would have ruined the shot a little... and me too. Plus we had to get back on the coach and keep driving to the Grand Canyon, we only had about a two minute stop there.
    What's PPOK and how do I put it in my signature? Where's my signature actually? Do I have one on tapatalk?

    Oh and I was in a contiki tour so we got driven every where by coach. I did the Grand Southern from LA to NYC to be more exact. It was AWESOME!!!!
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    by Dalzine » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:57 am

    BenV.2 wrote:Don't mind at all, that shot looks way better now then when I shopped it. I also wanted to take the shot from the middle of the road but a line of trucks coming from behind me would have ruined the shot a little... and me too. Plus we had to get back on the coach and keep driving to the Grand Canyon, we only had about a two minute stop there.
    What's PPOK and how do I put it in my signature? Where's my signature actually? Do I have one on tapatalk?

    Oh and I was in a contiki tour so we got driven every where by coach. I did the Grand Southern from LA to NYC to be more exact. It was AWESOME!!!!


    PPOK means Post Processing OKay on my images, it basically allows other people to edit your images and repost them in the same thread.

    You can edit your signature by going to your User Control Panel which is just under the search box at the top of the page. Go to Overview >> Edit Signature.

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    by Dug » Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:30 pm

    I also wanted to take the shot from the middle of the road but a line of trucks coming from behind me would have ruined the shot a little... and me too.


    COWARD !!!! :lol:

    Letting little think like mortal danger from wrecking your shot :wink:
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