Post-Apocalyptic Dreams

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  1. AlbertoDeRoma

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    Leica M8, 28mm 'cron

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    VERY NICE WORK!!!
     
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    #3 looks better than the others, but they dont seem very strong, if you took away the effects from photoshop, its not that strong. thats just my opinion.
     
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    Hi Tulsa,

    Of course it's just your opinion and I respect that - and your candid feedback. While I don't think we should create photographs to please everyone (or actually anyone but ourselves - at least if we are amateurs), feedback forces us to think about our process and motivation for doing what we are doing - especially when it comes to PP. Here's what happened with this series of photos:

    The photos were taken during a series of storms and dark, cloudy and cold weather that lasted over a week - unusual for my part of California. Some storms were quite violent (I assume that's what ripped in half the flag in one of the pictures.) The weather was getting to most people and, combined with worse than usual news, the overall mood was pretty glum. That's what I wanted to capture and emphasize.

    Since the dynamic range and colors of the unprocessed pictures did not do it (photographs have a hard time capturing the dynamic range of our vision), I experimented with Silver Efex (just working with tones and dynamic range - no Photoshopping), until the pictures matched the mood I experienced on one of those days and that I wanted to evoke.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

    Alberto
     
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    whats that thing in the upper right corner of #1 it looks like a giant spine
     
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    That photo was taken on the Google campus in Mountain View, where we have a full-scale reproduction of a T-Rex skeleton. What you are looking at is the tail-end of that dino.

    Alberto
     
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    #3 is the one that I find the strongest of the set. Textures and mood are presented properly.

    I find the first one vignette is a bit too strong and unnatural looking (oval shaped). The skeleton Trex tail has a haloing effect that is distracting.
     
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    Thank you for your feedback. I agree on the vignette - I should have used more restrain. The halo effect on the T-Rex is not something I added, but now I notice it too - just a bit though.

    Alberto
     
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    I really like the mood on these. The high voltage lines in the back of #3 and the way the horizon begins to fade, just a really interesting shot. I looked at it for a while.

    Also, classy camera!
     
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    wow, creepy! especially the last one... its got a real chilling feel to it! Great job and very creative with the pp! I like how in the last picture the transformers and powerlines look to delicate... like its amazing you were able to get such fine lines in focus like that! love it!
     
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    That last one is a winner for sure. You nailed the moody atmosphere with the PP, to me it perfectly conveys the meaning in your title and gives me a feeling of tension and loneliness just looking at it. The only thing I would change is the sensor dust!

    I think with the first two you didn't quite nail it, though I have no suggestions as to how they would be improved, I think the subjects and/or composition are just 'off'.
     
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    Thank you for your honest feedback. Yes, I had dust on my sensor - darn.

    As far as #2, I am a bit disappointed that I could not make it work better. How often do you see a torn apart flag, flying at half-mast, against a stormy sky? It could have been a great shot.

    Thanks,

    Alberto
     

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