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Spawny

Member Since 12 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 25 2014 10:41 AM
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In Topic: Trip to Palau

25 April 2014 - 10:28 AM

Lovely pictures!

Was it logistically easy to combine these two destinations? I've been thinking that if I get a chance to go to Micronesia, I'd like to dive both these places during the same trip.


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

17 February 2014 - 12:20 PM

Nice framing, did you touch up the color the blues of the water are really blue.

Thanks! I did adjust the colour balance and curves in general, i.e. I didn't specifically make the water so blue. It just turned out like that after adjusting the skin tone of the whalesharks.


[b]tdpriest/b], thanks again for your comments. I wish I would have had all these advice before I went to that trip. But, oh well, now I just have to go again someday. :D Meanwhile I can work on my editing skills. 

ps. I'm glad I'm not the only one "cheating" and removing photobombing people from the background.
 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

01 February 2014 - 10:01 AM

NB! The link in the 1st post doesn't work anymore. Here's the new link for my photos:
 
http://www.kolumbus....asih/index.html

I've edited some of the pics further and added two new pics. 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

18 January 2014 - 02:29 PM

 I blur a duplicate layer (Gaussian blur at about 15 pixels) and add a little noise (1-2 pixels), then I mask the layer (black) and paint over the backscatter with a small white brush (25 pixels diameter). 

Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely try that next! Maybe leaving more imperfections in the images will make them look more natural as well..? I don't know what other people's impression is, but when I look at my pics now, I don't really get the sense that the viewer would be "present at the location". In comparison, when I look at your pic, I can totally imagine being right there swimming with that whaleshark. Do you think that's a matter of composing the shots differently or trying to take it a bit easier on post-processing?

Generally I'm quite happy with my pics (especially since before the trip I had had several nightmares where my camera couldn't focus or malfunctioned some other way and I missed all photo ops), but since I'm keen on improving, I'd gladly let you guys pick them apart. :)

 

P.S. I just realised that my website can't be viewed with Safari on ipad or iphone because they don't support flash... 


In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

12 January 2014 - 12:26 AM

With respect to the sharpness, what diameter dome are you using with your 10-17?

I have a Hugyfot fisheye port with 174mm diameter (6,85 inches, I believe).