First Snow on Stricker's Pond

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    November 22, 2007
    Stricker's Pond

    How would you crop the photo? Critiques are most welcome!

    Melody Harrison Hanson, andyscamera, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ~ Jaffa ~ 88 months ago | reply

      I like it how you originally saw it. Although, it's fun to try a variety of ideas. Do you use lightroom for post process? if you do you can saw all the different versions you have of a photo, ie try a bunch of different crops.

      It's great to be able to use lightroom, it's ease of use and power to make a photo more realistic or stylized is brilliant.

    2. Mingfong 88 months ago | reply

      @Jaffa,
      I have been using a combo of Canon's DPP and Photoshop 7 and need to upgrade to something else...You are not the first one to mention lightroom--and I feel like to get one ASAP. Before that, I need to think about getting a Mac or a PC in the future though.
      And, I might have seen you once a while ago in the library near Old Sauk and Hight Point. I saw a guy using a MacBook (white) and wonder if that was u?

    3. ~ Jaffa ~ 88 months ago | reply

      yup must have been me, I go there to use the internet, I don't have any in my apartment

      It would be insanely cool to see you there!

      Peace!

    4. photofool 88 months ago | reply

      wonderful winter scene. it's like a painting.

      i like the crop the way it is. the house on the left feels too close to the edge, but that's just really picky.

      about dpp + ps7, i don't think you need to upgrade. really. there are some nice things about cs3, but not worth the huge price. if you have ps7, don't need lightroom either. lightroom is nice, but i think i can do without it. i don't use light room to process my photos, only ps. basic level+curve and sometimes shadows/highlights are good enough for me. i also like layers. lightroom can't do that.

    5. Mingfong 88 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the info, my friend. I have been resisting the idea of "upgrading" for a while (stilling using a 20D + PS7 + DPP on a 4 years Dell laptop). To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is an issue that bothers me, not because I think these tools can boost my creativity, but because they could justify what I can do (i.e. with a full frame 5D). I know you have been enjoying the 5D+17-40 +70-200IS. If I have extra $, it shall go to the full frame first, instead of the D darkroom.

    6. ~ Jaffa ~ 88 months ago | reply

      about what is being said.

      mmkay Mingfong! I am at that library a lot, I think there is some conviencing to be made to you ;-) at a convenient time, if it ever happens that we bump into each other.

      The difference between lightroom, and PS7 is huge, I use CS1 (have PS7) and lightroom and can draw that comparison expand your creativity so much more than shooting with a 5d. Without any exaggeration lightroom will make the difference between night and day. I'll show you the photo comparisons. The difference is huge!

      well my processing methods aren't good examples typically as I love processing, and am starting to make subltly processed photos as well as photos without any processing. I can show you how you can lightly proccess on the fly with LR and get amazing and quite subtle results. wish I could make this exciting because the difference is.

      as far as the technical equipment in normal good lighting conditions goes the 20d isn't a tool you will need to replace for a long time, it's about the focal lengths in my opinion, they effect your composition so much more, and I'm not convienced yet that shapness is problem with my non L lenses.

      Long winded rambling out! Hope I made some sense.

      Peace!

      ~ John

    7. Videoal 88 months ago | reply

      I like it the way it is.

    8. Matt Cawley 88 months ago | reply

      I like it how it is too, and I would agree with the recommendation of lightroom to process your photos. It's not meant as a replacement for Photoshop - it's more geared towards workflow than pure pixel pushing. I couldn't imagine life without it!

    9. Mingfong 88 months ago | reply

      Thanks a lot for ur advice, droog, Jaffa and phototool. These are all very valuable information for me.

    10. spa8.asia 88 months ago | reply

      nice shot!!

    11. spilopterus 75 months ago | reply

      Mingfong, if ever you want to do anything for photo-processing, it's pretty much no-brainer. Mac is the way to go! With their new NVIDIA graphics card, it's probably gonna handle the photos much better. Even the iPhoto alone allows for some good and quick post-processing.

    12. Mingfong 75 months ago | reply

      My friend, I am writing here with a MacBook. It is not the model that you addressed, but an earlier BASE model without additional graphic processing power and only 1G memory. Somehow it is still faster than my old Dell with Win XP.
      Yes, I like Mac much more than PC.

    13. spilopterus 75 months ago | reply

      Welcome to the club. *heehee*

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