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  • #13639
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    Martin McGing
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    Another one from Whitby.  This lady is the owner of an art shop who entered into the spirit of the “Goths” weekend.  I would have liked to have spent more time perfecting her portrait but she had customers to attend to.

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    #13638
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    Martin McGing
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    Taken last year at Whitby.  The lighting is a bit harsh, but a pleasing subject

    #13595
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    Martin McGing
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    Yes, well done Wallace, its a cracker.  Indoor sports photography is a real challenge and anticipating what the gymnast is going to do is an art.

    #13492
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    Martin McGing
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    I take a simple view that a portrait should be predominately about a person.  Including a background is fine as long as it gives context to the image and as long as it does not dominate the image.  In my opinion the image of the piano (which includes a person) does not fall in the category of a portrait.  If the photographer had chosen the image that included the key board and was predominately about the person, then I would be happy to accept that as a portrait.  I am not saying that the piano image is good, bad or indifferent, its just not a portrait.

    #13242
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    Martin McGing
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    Photo 4 would get my vote.  The subject is isolated from the background leaving the viewer to concentrate on the gymnast.

    Wallace, I agree with John thank you for submitting them.  We all have personal preferences and at the end of the day the only person you have to please is you.  Its still a cracking image.

    #13222
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    Martin McGing
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    What I tend do is to isolate the subject from the background using a mask.  Topaz remark is my preferred filter.  You could then apply a new layer fill it with black and adjust the opacity until you have the desired effect.  This black layer would be on top of the background leaving the main subject as you intended.

    At the end of the day it’s a super image and I sure each of us would present it in different ways

    #13212
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    Martin McGing
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    Why not try a 100% black background.  I think that the rings give context and for me it’s the gymnasts expression and physique that makes the picture.  As in life everyone has an opinion, but I would try it and see if you like it. Topaz remask to isolate the gymnast and then go to town on the background.

    #12767
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    Martin McGing
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    Peter,  I’m more than happy to have another go at photographing this show.  It’s always a challenge, but its an opportunity to take images in a different environment.

    #12726
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    Martin McGing
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    I prefer the cropped version and agree with Ian about the square format.

    #12488
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    Martin McGing
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    I use Simple DoF.  Its quite easy to use all you have to do is to select your camera from a drop down list and then enter your aperture, focal length and focus distance.  As an example if you enter f/2.8, 400 mm and 8 m the depth of field is 6.4 cm compared to 9.1 cm at f/4.0 (Canon 5D).  How often do I use it, once in a blue moon.  I think that if you know your limitations and that of your kit you can have more fun taking the images.

    #12435
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    Martin McGing
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    Yes, that’s how I work and if I need something different then my car is never too far away. If I’m on holiday with no particular shot in mind I use my camera phone.  The only time I carry a bag is at Whitby and that’s more of a security thing but It’s still one camera and one choice of lens.  Now when I venture into the world of nature……………

    #12428
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    Martin McGing
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    Quite a few of my images this season will be sports related and I typically only carry one camera and one lens.  Prior to the event I decide the type of shots I would like to get and that dictates my choice of lens.  I don’t worry if I cannot cover all the focal lengths because  photography is my hobby not my profession.  So relatively speaking I travel light, no camera bag just a protective cover for my camera and lens, just in case it rains.  If I use a telephoto lens then I will use a monopod to support the weight.  I find that a camera on a monopod balances quite well on my shoulder.

    #12329
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    Martin McGing
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    I use lightroom to manage my images and I keep my raw files on external hard drives.  This seems to work for me.  I rate all of my images 5*, 4* etc. and I delete (previews and raw files) that fall below my standard.

    I do not use Cloud storage for my images.

    #12323
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    Martin McGing
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    I try not to overthink my photography and simply take images that please me.  I enjoy club photography and in many respects you can draw comparisons with images that feature in club competitions and images that feature in our papers.  The iPad edition of my daily paper includes various pictures of the day, my favourite is sports photography.  Blurred backgrounds, tight cropping, placement and narrative go hand in hand.

    #12317
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    Martin McGing
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    If that image had been entered into a club competition the judge would have said “I don’t know what I supposed to be looking at, tell me again what’s the title!”  Now I actually like that image, it allows me to wonder around and enjoy the detail and emotion.  Club photography judges certainly dictate what is acceptable and what is not.

     

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