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Bigpoolman

Retired a few years ago and took up landscape photography as a hobby
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  • Mist on Rannoch Moor

    Thanks Willie, I did play around with a few settings and was a little undecided on what I preferred. Still am to be honest.

    thanks

    Tim
    • 12 Feb 2019 9:33PM
  • Waiting for the game

    Thanks Pamela. I didn't really give an explanation of what I was trying to capture so apologies for the oversight.

    So a bit of background. The man is our team's scorer for the cricket match looking out from the scoreboard building at the ground. He will spend the game there, taking signals from the umpires and keeping his scoring book and the big scoreboard up to date.
    Rain had delayed play which is why there is a group of players and officials looking at the fitness of the pitch and moving the rain covers off the square.
    I wanted to capture his world and what he sees without being distracted too much by the inside of the hut, just giving enough of a view of it to put it in context i.e. him, his scorebook and coloured pencils used to complete it. I probably wouldn't be welcomed in there when the game was in progress (concentration is key) but in some ways felt the sense of hope and anticipation was more powerful any way.

    cheers

    Tim
    • 11 Sep 2018 8:43AM
  • Wet frogs

    Hi John Couple of flashes with soft boxes angled from front left and front right with remote trigger. Jungle scene back board, and sprayer to put some water droplets in the air. Needless to say, not my idea but a very well run workshop which has given me quite a lot of ideas. Great fun.

    As you know, I tend to err on the dark side (sounds like Star Wars!) with my photos. Whether thats a good idea is another matter. Thanks for your comments.

    cheers

    Tim
    • 15 Aug 2018 10:25PM
  • At the gallop

    Thanks John, great spot about the boot it does need more room so I have widened the crop. I have now dodged the riders face and the horses eyes (fractionally) as well which also helps. Based on a couple of cricket shoots and the racing, the camera and lens are something else - the difference in quality with my (now traded in) old Sigma lens is startling. Not sure how good the weather proofing is but I am certainly not aiming to put it to the test!

    cheers

    Tim
    • 3 Aug 2018 8:22AM
  • Happy and sad

    Thanks Paul, I did think about cropping it in to just the batsman and keeper because of that. The main subject was to be them when I took it but I liked the symmetry of the bowlers arms and the keepers and the expressions so that persuaded me to keep him even with the lack of sharpness. He does, however, dominate the scene so I can see why he really needs to be sharp.

    cheers

    Tim
    • 30 Jul 2018 9:10AM
  • Razorbill making a lot of noise

    Thanks all.

    I had toned the highlights down etc but need to follow Willie's mod and take this further, its much better. The shot was hand held, whether that contributes to a slight degradation in sharpness I don't know, the lens is not overly heavy and it was at 1/800 sec but its a fair point. The sun was at the wrong angle to get catchlights in the eyes but it was a spot where I could get a decent background so it was sort of make a choice and go with it. I havent edited this in PS so will see what I can bring out better when I do.
    Not sure about the micro focus adjustment, it may have been where I ended up focussing but I will double check that and give it a go. I hadn't even noticed!!

    Great suggestions.

    cheers

    Tim

    • 23 May 2018 10:07PM
  • Octopus appeal

    Thanks all.

    The silver birches are a bit of a nuisance on this ground but otherwise the wall gives a reasonably neutral background. I had darkened the wall and tree in LR and also used the adjustment brush to increase the exposure on the faces of the cricketers. I'd also tried to straighten it! I haven't used PS on it as yet, one of the disadvantages of taking a lot of shots at a game is losing the will to keep editing the better ones.

    However clearly this was not enough and I like the mods which improve it and some good suggestions as to how to go about it.

    As always, I appreciate your comments and suggestions.

    cheers

    Tim
    • 22 May 2018 8:47AM
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