Finally got my 80-200, so I need some advice

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  1. clbd39

    clbd39 TPF Noob!

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    I was excited to go try out my new Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 even though it was 31 degrees outside!

    I wanted to get a good shot of my hometown's decorations on a downtown street and a pic of my car

    I know the downtown picture would be better if I got rid of the powerlines, but, one of my questions is where would you all crop this to make it more interesting

    On the car one, it's off of a small side road near our bridge that goes into Illinois, if you all don't mind, some C&C would be much appreciated. I did a little toning, obviously desaturated the downtown one and cloned out my plates, I may have gone overboard with unsharp mask as well, I'm fairly new to photography, especially compared to many of you so I'm here to learn as much as possible!

    Thanks!

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    I'd crop out that red car ruining the bridge shot :)
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    clbd39 TPF Noob!

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    :( lol it's all good you either love them or hate them, one of these days i'll figure out how to take a cool picture of that bridge lol

    I like how the fenders flare on the front and the rear mimics it in a subtle and clean way

    Rally it :)
     
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    Both good shots, I like the car one the best. I would crop it down slightly, there appears to be grey areas in the corners where it looks like you've rotated it. It could probably stand to lose some of that blown out sky as well. There is also something odd looking coming out the back of the car which I would crop out. Otherwise nice clear photo with no distracting background elements, and a nice perspective of the car.
     
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    lol wow, yea i did rotate it and forgot to crop out the edges, wow i feel dumb...

    Edit: Fixed
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I think you rotated it the wrong way. The horizon line is off a bit. Make it straight, or go for the angle. It just looks off to me the way it is. Don't you hate when you post something and somebody finds that little detail you missed, lol, the street lamp at the tail light.

    I really like the first image, and it being black and white. I am not sure the power lines bother me. I like the powerful, yet oddly lonely feel of the clock tower in the middle of the road.
     
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    I do really like the first one as well. No moving traffic on the street makes it that much more interesting to me.

    The second one is pretty good too, as was said crop off the gray crooked areas. Also the car itself is a bit underexposed.
     
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    I've been shooting with that lens all weekend... love it!
     
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    clbd39 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks! The front lip is almost perfectly straight.... I'm not a fan of the "JDM" Angle stuff, it looks bad to me usually and it takes quite a good picture to pull that off, IMO, I can't believe I didn't see the lamp in the background, just move over a foot and it would've been gone :(

    I love that clock we have downtown and I used it for a wedding shot idea during my wedding pictures this summer :) it came out awesome!

    Thanks! It took a while for there to be 0 traffic, but patiently waiting in 31 degree temps eventually paid off

    I love the color of my car, but it is always a hassle to get colors right on the dark side especially!

    I know it's awesome! :)
     
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    Nice and sharp! Enjoy the lens!!! Mine hardly leaves the camera.
     
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    Lovin the car. Specs on it?

    Nice pics also!
     
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    That's whatI mean. Almost, isn't straight. It's still crooked, and you can also go by the horizontal line of the bridge too. Both are very nearly the same angle. It should be straight or at an angle. Close only counts in horshoes and handgrenades.
     

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