Weekly overbez's 52 for 2013.... ** COMPLETE **

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Really don't think I can manage a 365, but surely I can do a 52. :shrug:

The only extra rules I'm setting myself are below....
  • to make sure I use all 3 lenses I have - I've decided that any rolling 4 week period will use each one at least once.
  • And also that at least 1 in 4 weeks will have no PP applied, beyond straightening and cropping in Picasa.

Actually, I'm not playing by my rules any more - thought I may find myself reluctant to swap lenses, but that is proving not to be the case; and to post an image I'm happy with, seems to need just a bit of PP each week. I think the shot is more important than following rules!

Week 1 - SIN - Taken with 35mm f/1.8, PP
Week 2 - Season - 18-55mm kit lens, PP
Week 3 - Gravity - 35mm f/1.8, PP
Week 4 - Wild - 55-300mm, No PP
Week 5 - Space - 18-55mm, slight PP
Week 6 - Work - 35mm, slight PP
Week 7 - Gluttony - 18-55mm, slight PP
Week 8 - Time - 35mm - slight PP to tidy up
Week 9 - Juxtaposition - 18-55mm kit lens - slight PP to brighten background
Week 10 - Letter(s) - Mostly 55-300mm, PP to create montage
Week 11 - Electric - 18-55 and 35mm, some HDR to one.
Week 12 - Direction - 18-55mm, slight HDR & B&W conversion
Week 13 - Tacky - 18-55mm, minimal processing
Week 14 - Value - 18-55mm, minimal PP
Week 15 - Greed - 55-300mm, minimal PP
Week 16 - Angles - 18-55mm, and 55-300mm slight PP
Week 17 - Rustic - 35mm f/1.8. No PP.
Week 18 - Kind - 18-55mm, No PP
Week 19 - Vertical - 55-300mm, No PP
Week 19 - Re-shoot of Gluttony - 18-55mm, PP
Week 20 - Pattern - 35mm f/1.8, very little PP
Week 21 - Movement - 55-300mm. Slight PP.
Week 22 - Below - 55-300mm, No PP.
Week 23 - Size - Reverse 50mm on 55-300, and 18-55mm, Some PP to merge.
Week 24 - Process - 18-55mm, Processing?? Oh yeah!! :LOL:
Week 25 - Rock - Reversed 50mm, at f/16
Week 26 - Pair - 18-55mm - Hardly any PP ;)
Week 27 - Shape - 18-55mm, no PP (exceot crop).
Week 28 - Plenty - 18-55mm, PP for stitched panorama
Week 29 - Speed - 18-55, No PP.
Week 30 - Step(s) - 18-55 (again), Not a lot of PP.
Week 31 - Mono - 18-55mm (yet again), Lots of PP.
Week 27 - re-shoot of one of the previous themes... - 18-55mm - fake TS effect.
Week 32 - Connection - 35mm f/1.8 - Just processed.
Week 33 - Beginning - 18-55mm - fair bit of processing.
Week 34 - Still - 55-300mm - No real PP.
Week 35 - Whimsical - 35mm f/1.8, tiny PP plus lettering
Week 36 - Curve - 18-55mm, Processing to blend exposures.
Week 37 - Power - 35mm, f/1.8, No PP
Week 38 - Solitude - 55-300mm and 18-55mm. No PP.
Week 39 - Sweet - 18-55mm A bit of PP :)
Week 40 - Cut - 35mm f/1.8. No PP
Week 40 - reshoot of sweet - 55-300mm, no PP, 'cept NR on background
Week 41 - Live - 18-55mm - maybe a little bit of PP. ;)
Week 42 - Reflection - 18-55mm, Stitch of shots in Microsoft ICE
Week 43 - Melt - 35mm f/1.8
Week 44 - Left - 55-300mm, No PP
Week 45 - Food - 35mm f/1.8. No PP
Week 46 - Art - 18-55mm, Some PP ;)
Week 47 - Friendship - 35mm f/1.8. Some PP
Week 48 - Sleek - 35mm f/1.8 (again..) no PP
Week 49 - Colour - 35mm f/1.8, PP for the SC
Week 50 - Fantasy - 35mm f/1.8, PP?? Oh yeah!
Week 51 - Fit - 35mm f/1.8, No major PP
Week 52 - Water - 18-55mm, Quite heavily processed. ;)


I've already taken SIN, as you can see I'm doing this to try to expand my mindset and to think outside the box a bit more, and not go for an obvious choice.



On black on Flickr

Taken with my new 35mm f/1.8. At 1.8 to try to get shallowest DOF possible, which I then exaggerated in GIMP, and desaturated the red of the C and AC buttons to avoid them drawing attention.

Right - I'm committed, I'll pop into a few others threads next. (y)
 
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Welcome Graham - nice rules you have set yourself, good luck with your 52 :)

Sin - Liking your first image, a nice different take on the theme, liking the narrow dof and the composition as a whole, nice lighting and good black background - Great Start (y)

PS. don't forget to add 1 image (no comments) and a link to THIS thread, most will subscribe to this main thread to keep up with new photo's (y)

http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=456017



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Hi. Lots of thought had been put into this. I do like the cropped corns and composition. The slither of DOF works well.

Being über critical, the blue top left drains my eye a tad....as said, this is being very critical.

Good start.

Cheers.
 

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Nice DOF.
I like the way there is almost a story through the letters on the calculator

STD (could be an O ) x2 = sin mr (you're in the) C AC

Or it could just be my mind ;)
 
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Wow - thanks everyone, I ummed and ahhed for a while before deciding to dive in here.

Now you mention it Andy, the blue does demand attention ever so slightly - I caught the red buttons and brought those down a fair bit - should have looked the other way too.

And yes i thought a fair bit about composition as the sin is fairly hidden, I knew I had to use shallow DOF to limit distractions, and placed it centrally to hopefully draw the eye.

Bring on round 2!
 
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Thanks again - in hindsight I may have been better off stopping down to f/3 or 4 to get into a sharper area of the lens, and then blurring in PP like I did anyway......

But I'm enjoying the shallow DOF from the f/1.8 at the moment, although one of my rules is to change lenses week to week!
 

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Hi Graham,
Good thinking on your week 1 image. The very narrow dof draws the viewers eye to the subject, I like the diagonal composition too. Good work all round. (y) Iain
 
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Good one, very clever take on the theme! It would be perfect if you'd been able to completely isolate the sin key, but it works great. Brilliant control of DoF.
 
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Original Graham, just show how diverse SIN can be interpreted. DOF really good, inspiring to a beginner like me. Congrats!
 
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Thats a really clever take on the theme! i love it, and great DOF (y)
 
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This was the first of the maths shots I saw - great idea!
 
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Right - Week 2.

Was a bit of a tricky one this. This is our local park, thought I'd try to get a feeling of the season (winter), but keep the feeling that the park, although not being used much - is still very much available for use. Hence the selective colour, and movement in the swing and roundabout.

 
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Doesn't scream SC, which is neither good or bad. The red really pops and you've got some nice movement in the swingy thing :D

I'd loose a bit of the FG, to draw the eye more into the park.

Cheers.
 
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Sorry just getting round to commenting on both images.

Really like your first one Sin, love how you've got the diagonal DOF, i like the cropping and also the black background around the calc! Cant really pick up on any negatives.

Im a fan of selective coloring, i know its not everyones cup of tea, in this image i feel it helps with the "wintery" cold feel. I also like the movement in the swingy things. In my opinion another great submission.
 
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I like both your images, although it looks as though "season" may have been over sharpened?
 
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I like the selective colour - a bit of hope in the bleakness... looking to Spring. Snow on the path too would have been ideal, but you can't have everything.(y)
 
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Thanks guys, glad the SC has been well received, I spent AGES on that, tried all sorts of ways, but ended up simply painting in all the colour from the saturated one above the B&W layer below.

I really should have sat on it for a few hours before uploading, but I was so relieved to have gotten all the colour in that I wanted!

In response to Blondie's suggestion here, I thought I'd pop up the SOOC jpg from this one.



I took the RAW file, made two copies, one saturated for the colour, one mono for the rest, with contrast boosted and exposure tweaked to taste! Then into PS where I used a layer mask to literally paint over all the areas I wanted the colour to come through. If I hadn't found the "click - shift - click" method of painting a straight line I think I'd have given up! Various size brushes helped with the different bar thicknesses. And used an adjustment layer + mask to reduce the saturation on the red bus thing in the centre.

And then a straighten, and crop (thanks Andy (y)) and we were there.

I did then resize, added light vignette and sharpened, so possible I could have overdone it here.
 
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