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Wet day doodle. Photo taken in Woodhall Spa. A derelict area just off the main street. Other ideas welcome.

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Oct 2012 - 3:12 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/13sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Blue Boy Meets Purple Heart
Username:Ploughman Ploughman
Uploaded:28 Nov 2012 - 11:40 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, General, Landscape / travel, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
28 Nov 2012 - 2:17 PM

I must say I enjoy your doodling ! Great explosion of beautiful colour !!

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Ploughman
Ploughman  228 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 4:49 PM

Thanks Herman,
enjoyment is what it`s all about. I do photographs as a very small business and then I have to take pictures the way customer requires, although in my opinion, about 75% do not know what they want ! But what the heck, so long as they are happy, - so am I.
When it comes to taking pictures for fun, that is what it is - pure pleasure. I am as excited now as I was fifty years ago.
All those young people just starting out with a camera, have no idea how much pleasure they will get. Providing they really learn how to use it.
Every now and then I have someone to teach. I always start by saying, "Super glue the Scene Modes Dial, you do not need it. Learn to use the camera controls and although you will make loads of mistakes you will have sooooooo much pleasure trying."
I t will be the start of a fantastic journey for them, and their camera will become a passport to many exciting situations. Alternatively if they keep using the scene modes there is a good chance the camera will go into a cupboard after 6 months as they become disillusioned, and move on to something else.

Perhaps what I have written may seem a bit controversial, but I am interested in other people`s opinions.

Richard.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 5:06 PM


Quote: "Super glue the Scene Modes Dial, you do not need it. Learn to use the camera controls and although you will make loads of mistakes you will have sooooooo much pleasure trying." Perhaps what I have written may seem a bit controversial, but I am interested in other people`s opinions.

Richard.

For my money, when a beginner is using a compact, the only way he/she can get a small aperture is by using 'scenes mode' and landscape mode in particular. therea ren't any other such controls that they can use.

Once they have passed the beginner stage and have moved on then a different story emerges. Even at the stage of between beginner and semi-pro or enthusiast, there is often a case for using scenes mode for sunsets for example, even on a DSLR.

So I guess we can't both be right, but this is not really the place for such discussion. Why not open a thread in the Forum section?

Whilst in print, I can't really imagine what one would do with this 'doodle' as you call it. There isn't a focal point and the puce colour is a little off-putting to say the least. I suppose the main thing is that you are enjoying what you do and that makes all the difference so keep on snapping.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom863 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 5:12 PM

This looks like a colour negative in general. I'm sorry, but I cant really see what you are trying to do here. There is nothing to lock onto, just a maze of strange colour. Could not suggest an improvement I fear. You have experimented and I applaud that, but nothing there for me.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10911 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2909 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 5:44 PM

Loaded a fun mod for your fun image. Straightened the verticals, surprised Frank and Paul missed that (-;


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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2012 - 10:27 PM

reminds me of a party i went to in the 60s. wow we pressed some wierd buttons here to get the effect. Grin

trouble here is its all about the colour because the shift to purple has lost any trace of principle subject matter that there originally was. pleasant that the shapes of leaves are, im struggling to settle anywhere within the complexity of the design.

do i like the colour, yes i do but otherwisw im unsure where its going or what you intended.

regards
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom863 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 9:05 AM

Never got as far as verticals, Willie.

Paul

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Ploughman
Ploughman  228 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:41 PM

Hi,
Thanks everyone for your input. I could not resist the controversial comments I made, they certainly got a few responses.
Normally I try to respond to comments individually but at the moment I am struggling on the health front. I have a regular meeting with some fantastic nurses who keep sticking things into me that make me feel very ill indeed and keeping up with the replies is a bit difficult at the moment.
However, come the end of February the treatment should be finished and my cameras will not know what has hit them.
Regards,
Richard.

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