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Messages - mjardeen

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Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 18, 2012, 01:00:27 AM »
IMHO after looking at the pic some more the very best you can do with this picture is use it as a learning experience... and toss it in the don't do this pile. It's one thing if it's candid and that's all you could get, but that hand is too difficult to remove and the framing is dead center which is normally a big no no. At the end of the day you could Photoshop it to death and it still won't make it a great shot simply due to composition and the visual distraction. I have a great many shots like this myself and I just try to see what I did wrong and try to improve on the next one or simply don't hit that shutter until it's perfect (even if it means missing the moment).

IMHO the goal of this should be to look at all the ways you can see an image, recrop, and reprocess to get it closer to your idea of a better image. Below is an original image, it's a piece of crap, but I think the final processing changes it into something that hits my vision of what the images ideal is.

The amusing part is that it was taken with my first digital camera which was a 1mp. To me it shows that vision, composition, and processing all add up to creating the image in your minds eye. Mind you that I do not think this is some fantastic image, but I do remember it as being the image that got me thinking that I could goo all digital and I did when 5mp became common. My inspiration for precessing always goes back to Ansel Adams taking more than 20 years of work to get the print he had always seen for Moonrise over Hernandez NM.

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Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 17, 2012, 11:17:20 AM »
Here's another take that removes fine detail and crops out the distracting ear and most of the hand. I did this quickly just to make the point that there are millions of ways to change the image -- this one is meant to focus in on the main point of the image, the connection between the two subjects.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 16, 2012, 10:29:53 PM »
Sorry you caught me in an irritable mood and should have left the last sentence off the post. I hope you can find good homes for the cats.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:09:52 AM »
That is not B/W but Sepia or something.

After 40 years I did not realize that, I will go back and redo all my work.

Toning of images has a long history, both in recreating classic B&W looks and to increase permanency of B&W images. They are still considered by most to be B&W. If they are not to your taste that is fine.

As for your image, it's a cute image of two animals.

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Black & White / Re: So..what sucks about this shot?
« on: April 15, 2012, 02:04:18 PM »
For me the best way to respond is to recrop and slightly reprocess your image. I do think there is an emotional connection in the image that gives it worth beyond simply those who know the two people in the image. I see the love of a mother/grandmother for her child. I do think that going B&W is a good way to go so that the distracting colors are removed from the essential content of the image. I toned the image as I think it gives the image a more emotional feel. I used to never tone my images and then started at first with more subtle ones and now go bold. The tone I used here is one that replicates the Silver Gelatin look.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Canon Body Nikon Glass!
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:37:24 PM »
This was taken with a Nikon 45 GN pancake lens. I was getting my mail and looked up and said, "oh S___!" I ran inside and grabbed my IR converted 20D and that lens. It is wicked sharp!


Tree and Clouds by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f1.8 mkI
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:32:55 PM »
This was a 5 shot panoramic I shot last weekend with my IR converted 20D


Narrows Panorama by mjardeen, on Flickr

Oncoming train with Narrows Bridge in background:


Bridge and Train by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Canon General / Re: eBay scam?
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:10:52 PM »
I had a seller years ago on ebay who ripped off me and about 6 other buyers. I contacted his recent buyers to determine who else had been taken. I then went on a search and determine where he lived within about a 6 block area in a neighborhood in Kahala Hawaii. I sent him an email and let him know that I had his name and what area he lived in. I then let him know that my Mother lived in Honlulu and worked with the police department. I asked him if he wanted a visit from the police. He ended up replacing what we did not get with other items of equal value and everyone got their monies worth. It was sooo much fun.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:59:06 PM »
A few of my B&W from a show that is currently up 4/1/12-5/31/12.


Ruby Beach Reflections by mjardeen, on Flickr


Spruce Burl Trail - Kalaloch by mjardeen, on Flickr


Beach 2 Log by mjardeen, on Flickr


Kalaloch Nurse Log by mjardeen, on Flickr


Cattail by mjardeen, on Flickr

It's been a 40 year love affair with B&W.

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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:44:09 PM »
Mjardeen,

Brilliant brilliant work. I am really loving your shots.

Im digging the quite abstract feel of the close up shots. And the simplicity of the solitary house and street lamp is sublime.

Nice work


Thank you very much. 2012 is off to a good start. I think 2011 was the best year ever for my photography. The key was getting a 20D converted to IR only. The result has been a serious move to B&W and a killer show that I just opened. You can see the show at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyXBHbi

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Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
This is not a technique I use very often, but it seemed to be the right thing to do with this image.


Signs, signs, everywhere signs by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:48:13 PM »
Here are a couple of mine:


TMOG Reflections by mjardeen, on Flickr


Ghost House B&W by mjardeen, on Flickr


Fire Cone by mjardeen, on Flickr


MOG 2012 by mjardeen, on Flickr


Spanish Steps_WWPW by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:45:15 PM »
I loved that lens for the time I owned it.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 31, 2010, 12:22:49 AM »
Two shots taken christmas day. The first is looking off my aunt and uncles house, the other is a portrait of my cousins oldest son who is a fashion designer. Both shot of course with the 24-105 on my 5D

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Landscape / Re: Skyscapes
« on: December 18, 2010, 07:35:39 PM »
Here are a few from my work

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