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Author: TMFStar One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 21886  
Subject: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/4/2003 4:26 PM
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Hi all,

The detailed technical photo hints found here are terrific! I've been lurking too long without posting and have really, REALLY enjoyed viewing pictures and reading all kinds of great stories. Thanks one and all for participating!

If anyone is interested in some shots of doorways that I've taken near Fool HQ then check this out:
http://agroservice.biz/doors.htm

Most are all low-res <sorry> thumbprints that can be expanded by clicking. I'm looking for some time to get newer shots downloaded as these are Autumn pics. Any/all comments welcomed. Enjoy!

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Author: dcarper Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1627 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/4/2003 5:00 PM
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Hi Star!

You sure like doors, don't you? ;-)

Don't apologize for the image size; I much prefer a thumbnail link anytime there are more than 2-3 pictures. Otherwise, it's just too slow of a download.

What I will comment on is the layout of your page. I find it rather disconcerting that the spacing is so irregular. The tables at the bottom are much easier on the eye than the ones up top, where the right hand columns are squished together.
Also, I think it would look nicer to have the thumbnails centered within the table cells, which is pretty easy to do, but since I haven't used FrontPage in years, I don't remember just how to do it.

Now for photo criticism (I'll only deal with a couple)

I think that most of the problems I see are related to lighting. This can be a problem with archetectual work, especially when you are limited in shooting time. You just don't have enough control of the light. (I know pros that get up every morning before sunrise in the weeks around summer solstice, because that's the best time to shoot the north side of a building; it ain't easy). Some of the shots might be better either earlier or later in the day, or in some cases, an overcast day would help keep the shadows from going so dark.

Photo "Duke_418". Nice gate and archway. But the black gate is difficult to see, because the background behind it is also black. I can't tell if you could get a better background by moving. If not, perhaps this would be a good one for much later in the day, or on a somewhat overcast day.
Another option (much more work though) would be to have a large reflector positioned such as to cast a slight shine on the gate, which could reflect that. Probably not practical, as you would need an assistant, but I just wanted to tell you of other ways of doing it.

Fairfax 501. Another pretty gate, but it is too dark. I suspect that your exposure may have been thrown off by the sun shining on the tree. This is a pretty extreme contrast situation, and you would have a hard time getting good detail in the gate without blowing out the tree. Again, a partly cloudy to overcast day might give a better picture. (I'd also like to see it without the car!)

Cameron 606; Great color and contrast. Good lighting. Now stand up straight! (the whole picture leans to the left; you have to be careful of this in archetectural photography)

Cameron 512. I really like this door, not sure why. It seems to have character. But again, watch those verticals; you're leaning again.

MaybeDukeGate. Very pretty. The colorful background really sets off the gate. The only distraction I see is the blown-out highlight in the lower left; bright spots like this tend to really draw the eye. I think in this picture you can crop it out without weakening the overall image.

The only other comment I'll add is that the last table seems to have a bunch of broken links.

David

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Author: PoodleLover Big gold star, 5000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1628 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/4/2003 9:31 PM
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Nice set of PICs StarDude... So, what are you shooting with?

Seymore...
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Author: quasie Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1632 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/6/2003 1:18 AM
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Nice Pics of Doors

For some reason I like the one 5 rows down and in the middle -Looking down a corridor.

In a book I have by Tom Ang, "Digital Photography", he suggests something similar of spending a day or so of just taking similar pictures or pictures with similar settings.

My new camera seems so complicated that I think I need to do that just to get use to what it can do.

-Q



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Author: ivangrowth Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1633 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/6/2003 8:01 AM
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In a book I have by Tom Ang, "Digital Photography", he suggests something similar of spending a day or so of just taking similar pictures or pictures with similar settings.

Funny you should mention that. That is just what I did yesterday, in 23 degree weather.

As mentioned about three weeks ago, I am creating my website www.sidewalkmystic.com. (Not active). I spent 5 hours yesterday photographing sidewalks. What a rich subject matter. I used a pair of my shoes as well as props in about 1/3 of them. Learnings for this novice:

1. Photoshooting is fun; getting the 'bug.'
2. Digital is the way to go. Shot 48 prints. I will probably get 3-4 good ones. Digital spares you that 'click and wait.'
3. When a sign in a public park says 'No entrance,' no one is there at 7.30 am to make you comply. (There was a fantastic foot bridge/sidewalk over a parkway that I wanted to capture).
4. I stopped at the camera shop yesterday. Remember - a novice. Looked at digitals. Had no idea they were all point and clicks with 12-18 pre-sets. I will ask you in June about your ideas - I will be buying one.
5. Laying down on a sidewalk in Wisconsin when it is 23 degrees is a sacrifice if you want a different look. Wow, and it was April 5th.
6. Shots that I thought would be fantastic often turned 'blah' when viewed through the lens.
7. Fantastic, superb shots lie begging to be shot in the most mundane places.
8. Composition is 95% of the game.

IvanGrowth

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Author: TMFStar One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1645 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/8/2003 12:47 PM
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Thanks much for all the comments/suggestions! Greatly appreciated!

dcarper: Yep, I like the doors since there are plenty around this town and many are attractive as you can see. I'll try fussing with FrontPage to get the spacing looking better and fix any broken links. Will try your suggestion of shooting on a cloudy day to see what happens...while holding the camera straight ;-) Cropping some photos is a terrific suggestion, too!

Seymore: I used a Kodak PalmPix attachment to my Palm PDA. There's no flash and no manual controls. A relatively new EasyShare will hopefully sprout some brighter, better pics here in the near future!

quasie: The "tunnel" is looking through a gate toward a garden between two houses. Sort of a reverse-gardengate shot. Glad you like it! I'll work on the timing/lighting issues that seem to limit my current doors project.

ivangrowth: Great hints! I promise that I'll work on my composition and practice, practice, practice with my equipment.

Happy snappin' to all! Keep posting your picture links!
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Author: ivangrowth Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1647 of 21886
Subject: Re: My 2¢...er, Doors! Date: 4/8/2003 9:32 PM
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ivangrowth: Great hints! I promise that I'll work on my composition and practice, practice, practice with my equipment.

Whoa! I am a novice. My composition remarks were in response to my own morning of photo shooting; not a critique of your composition. I too, my friend, am a novice and have tons to learn about composition. That was my intention.

IvanGrowth

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