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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2014 at 12:13
@MacManus: Apparently, I let everyone else know but you! I updated our spreadsheet, updated the pass post, even composed a nice reply, but apparently forgot to hit the post button. Sorry for keeping you hanging, Christophe.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MacManus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 April 2014 at 16:21
Originally posted by bms44974 bms44974 wrote:

Sorry for keeping you hanging, Christophe.
Cheers... Brian

No problem
Thanks for the time you dedicate to people like me
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2014 at 08:39
Here's irony for you. I finally upgrade from the kit lens to something sharper & the next assignment I have to do is...

I guess it's obvious, but this is looking out at some high rise during a passing storm. It's the jpeg straight out of the camera - uncropped.

Here is the EXIF.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2014 at 11:51
Atom Ant: Excellent example, Tony. That's a pass.

Cheers... Brian

P.S. If you complete the last two, you will be only the second person to complete all the assignments!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atom Ant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2014 at 12:28
Thanks Brian. I'm feeling quite chuffed!

The Advanced Assignments hey? I guess I have to...


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EDIT: This is off topic. Sorry. But here is a 100% crop to prove it's sharper & also because I like it!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 November 2014 at 00:13
A recent ice hockey game provided the opportunity to try some photos with "softness".

I set a slow (for this length lens and the speed of the subject) shutter speed of 1/60s and panned the camera following the player with possession of the puck.


A390, 135mm f2.8, 1/60s, f2.8, ISO100

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 November 2014 at 01:00
clk230: Well done, James! I think this is the first time motion blur has been used in this assignment. That's a pass.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blue-Eyed Monkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2017 at 19:23
I was inspired by a background image on my Chromecast for this assignment so, as much as it is not a studio set up, the image was most definitely staged! Not sure if that's allowed but I was pleased with the results either way


SONY SLT-A65V with Minolta 85mm, 1/4s @ f/1.4 ISO100 without filters or flash.

Also,I know it's not a requirement but I've included a thumbnail of the original image - hopefully to highlight that it was improved by the softness!!

Shot the same as above but in focus
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2017 at 20:02
@Blue-Eyed Monkey: Intentionally mis-focusing is most definitely allowed and your entry is a marked improvement over the in-focus version. That's a pass, Glen!

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Many thanks once again
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2018 at 09:15
A first stab at Softness. I was in Poitiers for the first time and was amazed by the west front of the Église Notre-Dame la Grande - a stunning piece of 12th Century stonework. Then I noticed the indifference of passers by - and why not? They probably see it every day. I tried to capture this with my camera and failed - there was too much light. So I went and bought a coffee. Then I realised the passers by were much closer and I needed a much shorter shutter speed - bingo!




A58, Tamron 16-300 @ 75mm, 1/13s, f22, ISO 100

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For my second attempt a picture I took a few days earlier. I was trying to see what effect I could get from camera shake - not a deliberate shake, but a failure to hold the camera steady when trying to. So I took a walk in the late evening. Note to others trying this - switching off Steadyshot would have made it a lot easier!

This shot was my favourite, reminding me of more youthful walks home from the pub after a few too many beers. I particularly like the almost sharp spot - really reminiscent of those bygone nights.


A58, Tamron 16-300 @ 16mm, 1.3s, f3.5, ISO 100

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2018 at 18:13
@Phil Wood: After a lot of backstage conversation with the other AMAEs, I'm going to ask you to try again.

Assignment:
You will shoot your main subject 'soft' intentionally. With this you will aim to deliver an emotional impact higher than a sharp copy of the same shot would deliver. Your photo must be convincing with the emotions added by softness.


#1 You have achieved in-camera softness, but I don't see the "emotional" content. It's just a blurred person walking past a tilted building. I think for this shot to properly convey your intention to show people so accustomed to a monument/landmark that they just walk on by, you need two things: (1) Better/wider compo so the viewer can recognize the landmark and (2) maybe more people, all blurred.

#2 Again, you have achieved the in-camera blur, but the only connection to your intent is the text. I can imagine this view under similar conditions, but you need some people in the shot to pull it all together (perhaps one leaning on the other).

Don't be discouraged! We tend to judge the "intermediate" assignments a bit more critically.

Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2018 at 21:00
Thanks Brian - I think ;)

I'm delighted to hear you have help in this judging lark - I was a bit worried you were carrying all the weight on your shoulders (albeit very capable shoulders).

I did, of course take numerous photographs in my attempt to demonstrate the indifference of the Poitevins to the masterpiece in their midst. For some reason I liked the one I submitted, which may be in part because I watched the chap stride past whilst most moved at something closer to an amble.

May I submit another from the set - which required a bit of PP to sort out the exposure (I really have been trying to do thsse assignments straight from the camera). It does, however, show the msgnificence of the stonework!


A58, Tamron 16-300 @ 35mm, 1/6, f25, ISO 100

And another, with more of the blur I hoped for, but the background needed a lot more exposure correction and sharpening!


A58, Tamron 16-300 @ 35mm, 1/2.5s, f25, ISO 100



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