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American Pride

By tram
In this photo I was going around just taking pictures. So there is no real purpose for this picture other then I saw the flag blowing and thought that it could be very cool to capture a moment of the flag flying. It has great clarity, and I love the way that the begging of the the flag is very clear. However as you get to the tail of the flag you see that it was very windy out in the fact that the flag is blurry. Since photos like this are one in a million I don't have to much negative about the photo other then I wish that I could have gotten more of the flag pole. Allowing the viewer to see how high the flag was actually up in the air.

Canon EOS 30D - 1/400s
Focal Length: 80MM
ISO: 100

Tags: Usa Wind America Flag Sports and action

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2013 6:29PM
I think the framing is about right, but the colour looks wrong. The red should be rather brighter. There appears to be an over all colour caste towards green with a degree of under exposure. You are on manual, but arrived at your exposure by some route?


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pablophotographer 6 951 335
31 Jan 2013 8:18PM
Hi, I can't understand the reason why

a) the corners of the frame look dark as if this was shot with a toy camera lens, was it shot through another optical device as well?

b) why on a cloudy day you have chosen ISO 100; ISO 200 (at least) would be a better option - being more light sensitive it would have taken less time to the sensor to photograph the image.

c) why have you used that specific f value of 5.6 and not f.4 There is no background to the flag apart from cloudy sky, it would not bother if it was less recognisable. On the other hand this could allow again the sensor to take a picture of the flag in a fraction of time lesser than the one you had.

Flags flying tend to be affected by wind blow mostly at the end which is away from the post, where they are tightly held. That is why they normally fray from that end, which is a major friction point of the fabric.
I am not unhappy with the movement of the flag, it is only natural (on earth).

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
1 Feb 2013 3:30PM
Welcome to EPZ Travis.

This is a nice image. Its obviously and old flag, and that may explain some of the colouring. You have used a vignette, and I think it works when you think of the age of the flag, - might not work with a newer flag.

The whites in the stars can be a little brighter, however I think the stripes are a little more weathered looking. I would suggest that a little more space at the bottom doesnt hurt the framing of the flag. Assuming thats sky behind the flag, you might have needed a little more, maybe only 1/3 stop exposure to compensate for background brightness.

I have done a little work in the mod, inclusing adding bottom space. Brightened the whites in the stars; used the highlight tool in Photoshop CS to extract some more detail in the stripes; adjusted colour balance using threshold and curves; slightly brightened the left end on the flag, - I think your vignette might have accidentally darkened it.

It looks to me that you were fairly level with, or not too far below the flag using 80mm to get a square image with no perspective distortion.

Ive uploaded my mod, - scroll up this page and click the modifications tab to see.

For Pablo, - at 80mm, the minimum aperture is f/5.6. Its f/4 at 35mm

Enjoy the site,


pablophotographer 6 951 335
14 Feb 2013 12:25AM
Thanks for the clarification Willie

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