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post #1 of 14
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Hey all,

Since buying some Lee filters and a 50mm Zeiss ive changed my style a fair bit.
I used to take a wide angle + 10 stop ND and take mega long (4+ minute) exposures in a single shot, and now ive adapted to shooting stitched panos - in portrait - and doing my work that way.

Here are a few recent onces - some from this weekend and some prior.
Would love some feedback on them - as hard as you wish (only way i tend to learn).

Thanks in advanced

#1

Austinmer by scottath, on Flickr

#2

Austinmer by scottath, on Flickr

#3

Potters Point by scottath, on Flickr
(Single shot)

#4

South Cronulla by scottath, on Flickr
(Single shot - not stitched)

#5

South Cronulla by scottath, on Flickr

#6

Kirribilli Sunset by scottath, on Flickr

#7

Cathedral Rocks by scottath, on Flickr

#8

Coogee by scottath, on Flickr
(Single Shot)

#9

Wattamolla #2 by scottath, on Flickr

#10

Difference of Longitude by scottath, on Flickr

#11

Moody Sydney by scottath, on Flickr

#12

Forgotten by scottath, on Flickr

#13

The "Challenge" has become challenged. by scottath, on Flickr

#14

Como Pleasure Grounds by scottath, on Flickr

#15

Last Light by scottath, on Flickr

#16

Taren Point - 6:39pm by scottath, on Flickr

#17

Taren Point - 6:42pm by scottath, on Flickr

#18

Long Reef NSW by scottath, on Flickr

Ill be posting a walkthrough of my process soon too for those interested - ill link it when im done (going to make a video probably also)

Go as hard as you want - i learn best that way smile.gif

cheers

- scottath
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post #2 of 14
They're amazing! thumb.gif

I think I find my new wallpaper! wink.gif
post #3 of 14
The b&w one looks way washed out but everything else looks great. You know where to place the objects in the frame and how to use your effects - sorry, I guess all I'm gonna do is inflate your ego. I hope you're getting some of these published.
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post #4 of 14
wow they are all great but my favourite ones would be #4 and #11 those colours you have in the sky in #4 are amazing!
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post #5 of 14
TBH they are all amazing, one very very slight thing, the clouds, sometimes it is more interesting for them to be more frozen, probably only on the B&W one.
Again seriously these are very very good shots.
I cant even pick a favorite. I am looking forward to a tutorial =)
Edited by Eggs and bacon - 4/2/13 at 3:03am
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post #6 of 14
I shall critic...i'll talk to you on FB later. biggrin.gif
post #7 of 14
They're all really amazing, top notch composition and execution. Your efforts of going out there at the times that count are really paying off.

Please don't take this as negative feedback, your work is awe inspiring and I wish I could do the same myself. I'm not sure what's your line of work but I hope with quality work such as this, you're making decent money.
I won't list the goods as it would take too long so I'll list what in my eyes could have been improved upon, hopefully that's what you're after.

#1 the sky's exposure looks all over the place, this might be as it was but it looks odd and distracting to me
#4 I'd like to see that with a little more lift on the signpost. I know it's backlit and probably wouldn't look natural but I'm curious as to how that would look.
#5 same as above
#6 top left cloud is a little too dark and distracts from the scene.
#8 Not sure if a vignette but I'm not a fan of it.
#9 I'd like to have a little more in the frame on the left. It's a different level of rock formation with a nice glow so I want to see more of it.
#10 hard to tell at this pixel size but the foreground water looks a little funky here.
#16 the sky isn't as interesting as in some of your other shots here and it makes the scene a little bland to me.
#17 much nicer, pretty surreal. What I notice here is the dark gradient in the sky. Not sure if natural but I think it'd benefit from a little less of that. Actually I see the same in #16, #12

In your shore shots I notice you haven't got anything with something close in the foreground. This can work well and forces you to get low. When you get low you can catch some interesting reflections too, maybe that probably wouldn't work great with your long exposure trend but it can be an interesting alley to explore.

Oh by the way, have you been working on your v2010? I haven't touched mine whistle.gif
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post #8 of 14
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Thats exactly as im after Infrabasse. biggrin.gif
My line of work atm is a uni student + part time at a computer shop. My photography thus far is about $7k in the red - so no they are not making much at all so far (about $1600 total in 2yrs)

As a responce:
#1 - thats 4 frames of 7.5 minutes each, so thats as the clouds were....over that period of time. Looks a bit washed out as there was a fair bit of water/cloud movement - was going for a minimalist look with it.
#4 - I have lifted the sign in that already - original image its pretty much black
#6 - agreed - ill go change that if i print it
#8 - as with almost every single shot image of mine - its a natural vignette. Sunrise with a single point of light in the frame does that with almost every shot of mine - could remove it but its up to a stop difference so you start getting noise in them (its already a 30 second exposure @ iso400 that one too - left cable release at home, so was using the 10 stop ND but limited to 30 seconds only)
#9 - agreed - does seem to lead your eye out of the frame, might try ad different crop on that image then.
#10 - was just a slight wind chop on the water, so the further away from the camera the more uniform it looked, close up though its rather far between waves so looks a touch strange.
#16/17/12 - Yea the darker sky is the natural sky, but exaggerated by my grad filters.


Low angle and long exposure still works fine, as long as there isnt grass or something to move in the time. I used to do alot of low angle things with my UWA+10 stop technique, but not im using the 50mm and stitching i need about 3m from the lens to the first object to keep it in focus (@ f16, further for larger apertures). Something i might look into though further.been doing mainly ~ waist level height atm.

My v2010b has been painted (silver bits are now white) - but other than that, nothing else has changed.
Thanks for the feedback mate, appreciated.
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post #9 of 14
Those are beautiful pictures!
post #10 of 14
#10,#15 & #16 are good for me. All the rest are totally amazing.
Do you spend a lot of time post processing apart from the stitching or is it possible to get such beautiful colours straght out of camera?
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