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PostSubject: First Post   Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:12 pm

I'll start the ball rolling..this is todays entry in the Finepix Daily Competition, entitled "Mechanical Workings" opinions Please! (Fuji Finepix S4080 Bridge Camera)


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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:06 am

Very nice contrast in this image, I was always told for a B&W image you can't just have shades of grey, you have to have defined black and white in the finished result.
And you have done this well. cheers
I think it works with the scene, strong subject with strong shade contrasts.
I have seen some good photo subjects that are well composed but then ruined by converting to B&W .....because the image ends up being an un-contrasted 50 shades of grey, which is completely in un-appealing to the eye!

I know in competition rules it says not to do and PP but I think if I was to do anything to this image it would be drop that large Rounded-A shaped bracket out of focus, as my eye is taken away from the sharp blades to look at that.
I would personally want to accentuate the sharpness of those blades which are the main focus area of the image.

Can I ask what the machine is? Is it some sort of grinder or printing machine?
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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:30 am

I see exactly where you are coming from, that image is as it came from the camera (apart from a teeny crop and converting it to black and white)
I shall fine tune it taking on board your advice and see what happens.
Might it be an idea that we assume photos posted are "as they were taken" unless otherwise stated, it would help me for certain to know when a picture has been "enhanced" and how the "enhancement" was achieved !
The photo is of the giblets of a defunked paper shredder that shreds no more.
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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:38 am

That's a very good suggestion, I will add that to welcome wiki when I get round to writing it.
I have added an area for Pixelmator too now :-)

There is also a section for learning photography on this site which I want to be made up of user submitted guides. So if there's any tips or tricks you would like to share. Whether its basic functions of a camera...tricks in software or anything like that please feel free to contribute to it. It doesn't matter how basic it may seem, some people new to photography may not know about it or how to do it
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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:42 am

Slightly tweeked version
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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:48 am

So much better, my eyes are going straight to the blades in the centre of the image and staying there!

You've brightened it too? It makes it look like new machinery :-)


Edit - compare the 2 images, such a big difference
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PostSubject: Re: First Post   Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:20 pm

You wouldn't want to get your fingers caught in that! Great picture of the workings of a paper shredder. Looks very clean! Mine's clogged with loads of tiny bits of paper!
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