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Was at the shop to help a buddy of mine shoot his car and all of a sudden, there was a Cobra! I asked to shoot it and he let me. It was hard to do with cars next to it, and the parking lot/environment it was in, but I did my best. I'm two weeks into photography and loving it so-far! This is with an A6000! Any feedback would be appreciated, thank you guys!

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4 hours ago, DimitryG31 said:

Any feedback would be appreciated

Hi Dimitry,

welcome to the forum, and since you're asking for it:  ? (this is feedback from an enthusiastic, but definitely only amateur photographer):

The Cobra is certainly worth shooting, and also looking at. So you picked an attractive sujet already.

All Fotos seem a little "hazy" to me. Especially the second one I would consider over-exposed. And I'm also unable to figure out, which spot was intended to be in-focus. Personally, I'd prefer to focus one specific detail, like the rivets on the steering wheel, and let the bokeh do for the rest. But that's really just my personal taste.

What I do like is, that you apparently shot from a lowered point of view, which brings out the "lowness" of this sports car.

Regards, and a happy Christmas to all who might be reading this.

 

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On 2nd thought: if you shoot in "Raw" quality, you'd probably be able to eliminate much of the haziness of your shots, using a good raw converter software. I'm using Capture One (Pro) for Sony, and there are often good deals (bundles) for Sony cameras and Capture One.

 

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13 hours ago, Chrissie said:

Hi Dimitry,

welcome to the forum, and since you're asking for it:  ? (this is feedback from an enthusiastic, but definitely only amateur photographer):

The Cobra is certainly worth shooting, and also looking at. So you picked an attractive sujet already.

All Fotos seem a little "hazy" to me. Especially the second one I would consider over-exposed. And I'm also unable to figure out, which spot was intended to be in-focus. Personally, I'd prefer to focus one specific detail, like the rivets on the steering wheel, and let the bokeh do for the rest. But that's really just my personal taste.

What I do like is, that you apparently shot from a lowered point of view, which brings out the "lowness" of this sports car.

Regards, and a happy Christmas to all who might be reading this.

 

[Edit:]

On 2nd thought: if you shoot in "Raw" quality, you'd probably be able to eliminate much of the haziness of your shots, using a good raw converter software. I'm using Capture One (Pro) for Sony, and there are often good deals (bundles) for Sony cameras and Capture One.

 

I'm not affiliated with PhaseOne, the producer of CaptureOne.

 

Thanks a ton for the feedback! It was a little light out, but cloudy. I went for a lighter type shot, because I thought I was going to edit dark, then vintage... However, I guess I shouldn't get in the habit of over-exposure and should shoot for less editing.

I'll work on that, and work on making my focusing the picture, rather than the whole subject at hand. Here's another I got downtown:

 

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Chrissie gives good advice based on much experience, so I going to request that he critiques my criticism of your downtown shot. I'm a a beginner too, and have, only for the past couple of years, been trying to take good portrait shots of classical-Indian musicians. Its... coming along :)

There are two things that strike me about your downtown pic. Sometimes, I look at my own photos, and although finding nothing particular wrong with them, wonder what was the point! Most of those get deleted. I feel that if I had taken your pic, I might have thought it a good idea at the time, but later wish I had moved a few steps to the right, because, what is the point of the wall. Unless it is an exercise in depth of field. in which case that is perfectly valid.

The other thing harps back to a lesson a photographer friend of mine told me years ago, seeing some holiday landscapes I had taken: "Get your horizons straight!" Now, I am not often out in the landscape, with horizons, so it is the verticals that matter. And, if you are going to include a prominent architectural feature, like your wall, that should be vertical. I have to admit that this is something I often fail at in-camera, and have to correct afterwards. I started with a6000 and fairly quickly moved to a6500. The in-camera level was something I was looking forward to, but it is simply not very accurate.

Feel free to tell me I'm wrong: this is just my personal view/opinion. I'm a learner too.

 

 

 

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On 12/26/2019 at 3:43 PM, Thad E Ginathom said:

Chrissie gives good advice based on much experience

Thad, thanks for the praise which I feel is undeserved. Because, as a photographer, my experience is still very much limited. What I'm mostly talking about is "applied physics", or "common sense", with the "common-ness" may be a little biased with me being an engineer by education and profession.

That said:

What I DO like about the second shot is:

it has a lot of "depth" in it, with the near range being very present at the left side of the picture.. That's definitely a Plus, imo.

The picture does include the nearest range being out-of focus (for obvious reasons), also the near range, the mid-range and also the far range, again out of focus for the same obvious reasons.

Again, I'm unable to detect which plane (distance) was supposed to be in-focus. I realize. that posting images here requires compromise in terms of size. But this 2nd picture still lacks focus overall, imho. What's really strange is, that I couldn't even advise to  focus more to the near or to the far range. I've highlighted the area which seems to be most "in-focus" to me.

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So, to be frank, this seems to be a "point-and-shoot" type of shot to me. Nothing deliberate, where someone wanted to convey a specific message.

Sorry I can't comment more favorably on this.

 

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