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by minniev
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: Sidetrack - Sketch
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Sidetrack - Sketch

While some folks pursue achieving some great "painterly" effects, I've taken another road ....... sketches. I suspect it's a holdover from my teen years when I drew in pen and ink .... it never quite left my blood. I really love the effect it brings out in bare trees ...... showing the ar...
by minniev
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Everyone around here knows this!
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: Everyone around here knows this!

It's our nearly home beacon, a Comms tower some 350' above the escarpment it sits on. I took this a week or so back but the sun moves fast this time of year and had already moved along considerably when an earlier image showed the sun behind the tower. I was not displeased with the moody scudding c...
by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: Getting Silly with an Old Avatar
Replies: 4
Views: 21

Re: Getting Silly with an Old Avatar

That is way cute. He makes me smile. Great job integrating the eyes in there beneath the glasses!
by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: ― Architecture Critique
Topic: Agricultural Architecture in Winter
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: Agricultural Architecture in Winter

As always, I'm a huge fan of the birds in the hops field. Doesn't make any difference how many of them I've seen, they are all different. The second one is the kingpin in this set, with that great sky and the clouds angled in alignment with the lower wires and the pole structures. Very nice, in good...
by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: To Rule Or Not To Rule - That Is The Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 142

Re: To Rule Or Not To Rule - That Is The Discussion

I agree those two fellers do seem to go awfully fast, which is a major reason why my first go-tos are Morganti and Kost. They take their time. But my personal experience is that the more you begin to grasp Lightroom (or Photoshop for that matter) the easier it becomes to follow the fast talkers. So...
by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Image Processing
Topic: Opening the Floor Regarding the Learning and Use of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw Et Cetera
Replies: 7
Views: 40

Re: Opening the Floor Regarding the Learning and Use of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw Et Cetera

Duck wrote:


Thanks for a good intro to tone curves. They are one of the most under-utilized tools in LR I suspect. They're far more powerful than they look.
by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 8
Views: 62

Re: The Bird-Watcher

[quote="Matt Quinn" Minnie, Great framing, wonderful leading lines, perfect cropping, I believe. How quickly we lose the casual agility and spontaneous wanderings of childhood. A wonderful gift for him; a treasure for you. This has prompted me to search in my files for a photo of our grand...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 209

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Ed, StevenW, Chuck, Matt: Thanks for great stories about your own journeys into learning photography. I've really enjoyed reading your stories and comments back and forth, and hope others will join this rich discussion. My own journey INTO photography had two segments, one as a teenage girl growing ...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 8
Views: 62

Re: The Bird-Watcher

Psjunkie wrote:Looks good to me minniev....all personal taste but maybe some crop in from the left and up from the bottom just to make him a touch more prominent...


Thanks, Frank, I wondered about cropping but also wanted to show how "brave" he was in climbing the "tree".
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 8
Views: 62

Re: The Bird-Watcher

One suggestion I have, now that I understand what the image will be used for, is totally a grandparent thing. Add a positive, personal little message or caption from you for him to read. It adds a personal touch that is expressly his and it let's him practice his reading. ;) Good idea, since he is ...

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