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MLOK5
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Technique! Week 15


Welcome to Technique! Week 15. Week 14 is officially closed for new photos.

Thanks to climbers See Profile for guest-hosting for me last week while I was away. I really found it interesting to see what "standard" approach people have for editing their pictures.

So, here we go with the usual small print:

The goal of this thread is for one of the members of the forum to share a photographic technique with the rest of the forum. Then we can all practice this technique & upload our results. The technique doesn't have to be limited to digital editing. It can be related to other things as well, like exposure, depth-of-field, etc.

An ongoing list of these techniques can be found here.

Any takers this week?


MLOK5
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Selective Focus Using Color


There are several ways we can draw attention to our subjects in our photographs. One way to draw the viewer's eye to your subject is by using color creatively.

Different colors can evoke different emotions. Some colors make us feel warm and fuzzy like yellows, reds, and oranges. That's why those golden hours of the day, when the sun's light is much softer, can make for such beautiful photographs. Cooler colors on the other hand, evoke different emotions. Purple is usually associated with royalty, power, and uniqueness. Green, the color of nature, can be associated with youth, good health, cleanliness, and growth. Blues are soothing and peaceful.

We can use color as the primary subject of our photographs. We can use contrasting color to make our subject stand out. We can use colored filters to create a mood for our pictures. The list goes on.

Try using color to draw focus to your subject. The possibilities are limitless. Here are a few of my own examples.

What can you do with color?

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mikeky
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Re: Technique! Week 15

Looking back I find that I really don't have a single photo that uses color to try to set the mood or evoke an emotion, but it's something I really want to try. Good technique pointer!
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ChrisJT
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said by mikeky:
Looking back I find that I really don't have a single photo that uses color to try to set the mood or evoke an emotion, but it's something I really want to try. Good technique pointer!

ditto!
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Coma
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I guess I'll give it a try Fritty.

. . . . and anyone can critique it ! (but not too much



mikeky
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Those colors say "happy" to me; nice job.


MLOK5
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said by Coma:
I guess I'll give it a try Fritty.

. . . . and anyone can critique it ! (but not too much


Nice job! The white horses really stand out against the colorful background.

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Coma
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It's really not the one I was looking for (my network is down) but I bow to the applause of the crowd . . . Thank You . . .Thank You. . . Thank You. (throwing kisses in the avalanche of flower pedals)



seagreen
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said by Coma:

(throwing kisses in the avalanche of flower pedals)

Ouch!

If it was me, I'd prefer they throw flower petals
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Coma
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said by seagreen:
If it was me, I'd prefer they throw flower petals

oops . . . it must be all that Pop . . . Fizz.



jr1234
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OLYMPUS C4100Z,C4000Z
6.8mm 1/40th F2.8 ISO135


V glass 1
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OLYMPUS C4100Z,C4000Z
6.8mm 1/50th F2.8 ISO100


V glass 2
I love to shoot just to save the color from being exiled.
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MLOK5
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said by jr1234:
I love to shoot just to save the color from being exiled.

I love it! It reminds me of a kaleidoscope. Nice work.

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T_Wrecks
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Bench
Here is my attempt.


MLOK5
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T_Wrecks, this is awesome! I love how the blue lettering and the blue park bench match. The white background makes it pop, and the brick wall/canopy combination provide a nice frame for your subject. Very nice!!

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T_Wrecks
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Thanks, Fritty! That's very nice of you.

In addition to what you wrote, the place is a damn good florist, too.
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HeyDriver
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Re: Selective Focus Using Color

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FUJIFILM FinePix 3800
6mm 1/210th F8.2 ISO100

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FUJIFILM FinePix 3800
6mm 1/210th F8.2 ISO100

I love playing with colors!! Here are two versions of a shot I took while going by the runaway truck ramp on Cheat Mountain near Martinsburg, WV. The first is the original shot right out of the "box". The only thing I did was crop and resize. The second is a "tweaked" version of the first. I use the histogram adjustments in Paint Shop Pro. I played with the color settings and knocked a lot of the blue haze out of the picture. I also cropped, realigned, removed bug smears and resized.
By readjusting the color saturations via histogram adjustment it seems to make the signs in this shot leap out at me. Makes me feel like I'm back on that road.
I like the way that MLOK5 See Profile uses color in the setup for her shots. To me this kind of foresight is something I need to work on. But in my case, most of my shots are extremely candid. In a candid shot I've found that breaking out the histogram and saturation tools will do a lot for accenting colors.
I'm hoping I'm getting close to what Fritty was wanting for us to try this week.
:D:D
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Re: Technique! Week 15

Blue eyes.
[text was edited by author 2003-10-28 19:41:54]

[text was edited by author 2003-10-28 19:42:32]


MLOK5
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Re: Selective Focus Using Color


Walt, this is great! What we're trying to do this week is draw attention to the subject of our picture using color. Your immediately drawn to the subject of your picture b/c of the vivid yellow and green signs. The lines in the road also help lead the viewer right into the picture. Nice job!

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HeyDriver
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Thanks!!
Amazing how the use of color can change our view of something.
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MLOK5
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Re: Technique! Week 15

said by Paula:
Blue eyes.
Those eyes by themselves are striking enough, but the blue color - WOW. The blue shirt accentuates the eyes that much more. This expression is priceless -- a classic capture, IMO! Great job!

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This thread is now closed to new photo submissions, but is still open for critiques and suggestions about the photos posted in it.

The new Technique! thread has started: Technique! Week 16