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#1 magicfx

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 12:42 AM

please critique (composition & light)

 

 

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#2 TimG

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 01:07 AM

Interesting! I like the bokeh background and the "bubble" with a ?fan coral works pretty well. It'd be good to see some more to get a more general idea of the effect and, if possible, say capturing a fish n the image.

It reminds me a bit of the 360 degree fisheye images that were around in the 70s. It could be a great effect but needed to be used a bit sparingly otherwise all the images started to look the same no matter what the subject.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 01:17 AM

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Hi Tim, I got a nemo and its home in the frame. In this image, I tried to use nemo's stripe pattern as background.



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 03:19 AM

Sorry, it just doesn't do much for me, way too "gimmicky".  Then again, I'm not a fan of fish-eye lenses, either.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 03:35 AM

You can also recreate this effect in Photoshop - should you wish. 

 

Start with a wide angle photo (which does not need to be fisheye). Best with a central subject. Use Spherise filter to make the circle (selecting just a square for that layer first). For the background just crop and the expand and blur. 

 

Not as much fun. But better image quality!

 

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 03:41 AM

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Hi Tim, I got a nemo and its home in the frame. In this image, I tried to use nemo's stripe pattern as background.

Hmmm, not so sure about that one. The anemonefish gets lost against the background and the white "bar" t the left of the bubble is very distracting.

I can see picking your subject and background very carefully is critical! But then that's true of all photography!

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