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  1. texkid

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    Howdy y'all. I am still a beginner. I started here a WHILE back. Unfortunately, I am still in nursing school and it is still dominating my life. But, I do manage to take some photos. I have noticed since I purchased my DSLR that people assume that I am a "professional photographer". I laugh and let them know that I am just a avid fan of photography. Anyway, I just wanted to post some pics. Please feel free to remind me what I am doing wrong. I am trying to grasp the rule of third. Unfortunately, I still can't get the hang of getting those cool motion pictures where the subject is still while the background is in blur. I am always screwing up on something. The shutter speed is too slow/fast, I zoomed to close/not enough, or I forgot to turn on the camera (not as common as you might think). Have fun y'all!

    The following were at the Scion Expo. I own a '08 Toyota Yaris and so couple of Yaris owners had a mini-meeting and had fun riding the Corollas drifting around the parking lot (yes, it was legal).

    Camera: Sony Alpha 200, standard 18-70mm lens, polarizing lens filter, a pack of cigarettes.

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    The following set was from me and friend meeting up at the Woodlands and taking photos of our cars.

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    All I've done is read a few books and take to a few pros, but as far as I can tell, they're good. I like the last photo... Maybe take out some of the pavement or sky to follow the rule of thirds?

    BTW, I like that red car, too. It looks like a red egg.
     
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    Thank-you. The blue one in the last photo is my car. The red one is a good friend of mine. I decided to leave it like it is because I figured it was a "middle-third"? I don't know if that counts.
     
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    Nah, I think that if you take out any of that pavement in the last one you're going to lose the nice effect you got by shooting at a wide angle low to the ground. It's a mistake I've done while cropping, and it's really kinda silly because you're negating the creativity you had going through the lens in post-processing.

    I like the one on the bridge, because of the simple lighting, and you may not know it but it also roughly follows golden triangles.
     
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    Thank-you. Since I am not really good at using Photoshop, I try to work with what I got. I am interested in this "golden triangles"? I need to look that up. :D

    Edit: I just looked it up. That was freakin' awesome! I pulled a "Golden Triangle". Woo hoo!
     
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    Don't really care for the first five shots (these are just snapshots of the action).

    The sixth shot isn't too bad...sort of looks like a product shot.

    I like the seventh shot the best of this bunch.

    The last three seem to have camera shake making the images slightly blurry...did you use a tripod? They just don't look sharp or clear.
     
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    No tripod. i had left in the house not thinking that i was going to take so many pictures.
     

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