Cancelled Concert... (pics)

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Ok tonight there was supposed to be a concert in the park. It was already rained out yesteday, tonight was the rain date. I was really hoping to get some shots of the groups performing. They were also going to be doing a USO type show in honor of the Troops. So needless to say it poured tonight too, and again the show was cancelled. My son was freaking out, so we decided to take him for ice cream at this place called Ricky's Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store. I busted out the camera with my new Nikon 17-55 2.8 and snapped away. I hope you like them. Please let me know what you think of them, compositionally, artistically, etc. I'm trying to improve all that good stuff. :biggrin:

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Are these images THAT horrible that no one can offer any advice, or let me know what they think of them? I was sooooo trying to be a lil artisitc, and get out of my realm of ALWAYS taking shots of my kids. Plus the fact that I always have my camera with me, but for some reason I'm always so apprehensive, and embarassed to take it out and just USE IT. I finally didn't care who was around or watching me and just enjoyed doing this.
 
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nice stuff joe, i particularly like this one
also, what color mode are you using in that d80?
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Thanx Anthony. The color mode is set on Adobe RGB. I played around with the saturation in PP on most of these shots.
 
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I think these are pretty darn good! What you should do is talk to the owner of the shop and see if they have/need any shots for their website if they have one...
WOW!! Thanx Keith. That means ALOT to me especially after seeing the INCREDIBLE images you've posted here!!!!
 
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:Teeth: Jelly Beans!!!!!!!!!! I want Jelly Beans. :biggrin: Nice colors in all the shots.
 
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:Teeth: Jelly Beans!!!!!!!!!! I want Jelly Beans. :biggrin: Nice colors in all the shots.
Thanx Seneca!! I've been trying to shoot in RAW, and I played with the saturation on these to try and make the colors POP. Not sure if I could have done anything differently.
 
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I twisted a few dials to get the colors to really pop. (I asked for permission first, in case anyone cares.)

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And here are two split-screens, showing the comparison of the two images... top half is the dial tweaks, bottom half is the original on both:

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(notice the differences in the green and blue beans in the picture below!)
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Definitely subtle differences, but sometimes a little tweak goes a looong way. :biggrin:

I brought the images into CS2, then went into levels. For all of your images, since you're really interested in the colored areas the dark areas are of very little concern (IMHO). So I bought up the bottom end (dark end) on the levels slider some*. That gave the pictures some added contrast which helps, but darkened the colors. (wrong way!!)

Soooo, then I went into curves. I held down the control key, which told photoshlop that I wanted to make a new control point on the curve. Then, I picked a point on a jellybean that needed more 'zing', making sure not to pick a point that is a highlight from a reflected light. Clicked once, and that gave me a new anchor point on the curve line.

Then, simply pushed the up arrow key a few times until I had the amount of 'boost' to the midrange that I wanted. Definitely wasn't much, but enough to make the colors be almost (but not quite) technicolor.



* I brought up the levels slider more than I normally would when looking at a histogram. That deliberately crushes the blacks, but these pictures aren't about the blacks, they're about the colors. So WHO CARES if you crush the blacks? :biggrin:
 
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I like them!! The diferences are very sublte, but it DEFINITELY makes a big difference in how the colors look.
 
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when i had my d80, i used to use color mode III and bump the sat up. i would get pop right out of the camera
 
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I really like the colors and the repetitive parallel alignment in many pictures, but one thing that makes it hard for me to say "perfect" is that the lighting reflects off a lot of the plastics that creates the white glow. But that's not your fault at all since I'm sure the effects were from the well-lit store.
 
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when i had my d80, i used to use color mode III and bump the sat up. i would get pop right out of the camera
Anthony. I just changed my color mode to III. What amount did you change your in camera saturation to?

I really like the colors and the repetitive parallel alignment in many pictures, but one thing that makes it hard for me to say "perfect" is that the lighting reflects off a lot of the plastics that creates the white glow. But that's not your fault at all since I'm sure the effects were from the well-lit store.

Thanx Jerry. That reflection might also be caused by my flash, I used it for fill flash.
 
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Those shots are AWEOSME!!! Is there a way to change between color modes quickly? Or is the ONLY way to achieve that is by using the menu?
thanks joe, very nice of you to say.
i dont remember to be honest. but with those shots, i shot everything with mode III.
i would use mode I for when i was doing family pictures, ect. the best thing is to try everything and see what you think looks best to you.
 
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I have to admit that this series of shots is the FIRST time I've gotten out of my comfort zone with my camera. The first time I've tried to be creative. Usually I'm just snapping shots of my kids. No one pays attention when you do that. The best thing that happened for me, was the night we had the get together hosted by Larry (theclam). It made me WANT to get out and take pictures of things I find interesting, that night was a big break through for me. Hopefully I can continue to improve and get even more creative. I sure have enough inspiration of stunning images that are posted on this site!!
 
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thanks joe, very nice of you to say.
i dont remember to be honest. but with those shots, i shot everything with mode III.
i would use mode I for when i was doing family pictures, ect. the best thing is to try everything and see what you think looks best to you.
Mode IIIa (nature, landscape) has more vivid colors than mode Ia (people, portrait) but faces in modeIIIa can be a bit red.

If you choose the portrait mode next to auto P S A M it switches to Mode Ia
 
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I would caution you about setting your saturation in the camera; that kind of defeats the purpose of shooting raw in the first place! That, plus my camera really gives me technicolor shots when I do that... sure, it looks great if you're shooting a beach ball, but people shouldn't look like clowns unless they have clown makeup on! ;)
 
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Ok THANX for the HUGE amount of info!!! Mode IIIa for nature/landscapes, and Ia for people.
 

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