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 Post subject: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:32 am 
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Hi All,

Today, on the second day of the workshop, I had to wake up at 4.00 a.m. for a photo shoot at the Marina Beach. This beach is the second longest beach in the world. We all gathered early to take pictures of the rising sun, but unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy and we lost an opportunity. However, we spent some time together taking pictures of the early morning activities at the beach.
Here are some photos that I experimented with. Enjoy!

I would love to read your views and comments on these pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:35 pm 
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You've got to post them larger. From what I can see both shots would benefit from post processing. What software are you using?

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:35 am 
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Thank you for your post, Oleg. I am using Adobe PhotoShop CS6 and Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3. Both these software are new to me, and I am learning!

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:06 am 
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Hi Oleg,

I have re-sized the pictures to 800px and they look very pixelated and out of focus. Is there some post processing I can do to make them look better?

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:26 pm 
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Not sure why you see these pixilated or OOF. They are fine on my screen. You should never get pixilated pictures when you downsize.
I like the first shot. You've got lucky with the crow posing for you and looking into the frame. The horizon needs just a little straightening. The picture would greatly benefit from post processing. I'd pick the software that you like best and learn it instead of working with two programs that you do not know. I do not like the second shot. The crop is too tight at the top, there is too much room at the bottom. The street light on the right side of the frame is leaning to the left. The statue is "walking" away from the camera. The picture needs further processing, like level adjustment. I can justify using ISO 200 on the first shot because you had a bird in the frame and you needed speed for handheld shot but not for the statue. You could’ve used ISO 100 and get a very similar result. If you do not feel you are ready for post processing it's ok. I can enjoy SOOC pictures but you will eventually need to learn how to process.

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
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I don't wise to be rude but for me they are both record shots. They do not grab or hold my interest.

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
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Thank you, Oleg and Si, for your valuable comments on the pictures. I am learning so much just from what you guys are saying. I haven't yet developed the photographer's eye, and I certainly need more practice.

By the way, what does SOOC pictures mean,Oleg? How do you learn post processing?

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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
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Ranjit wrote:
By the way, what does SOOC pictures mean,Oleg? How do you learn post processing?


SOOC means Straight Out Of the Camera, no post processing done. Anyone on this forum will confirm that composition is the most important in a photograph but a nicely processed shot has that additional pop that a lot of people like. Attached file is a quick adjustment in Photoshop. Some here know that I am biased toward overexposure but it's something that I like. As I said, I didn't spend any time and just quickly brought out texture and made everything brighter and more contrasty so it does not look "raw". I learned most of post processing from youtube.


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 Post subject: Re: Semmozhi Poonga / Marina Beach (3)
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What a difference a little post processing has made. Thank you, Oleg, for taking the time and the effort to process the image. I see what you are saying now.

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Oh this so had the makings of a great shot, and with time and practice you will learn composition and post processing. Meanwhile keep on shooting and posting....you will be surprised how much your work will change.

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