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by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: Getting Silly with an Old Avatar
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Getting Silly with an Old Avatar

I'm not sure why I did this. The original was a scale mockup of an Easter Island mo'ai that I found years ago at a museum (2010 according to the exif). I had long ago separated and replaced its background with the center graduation you see. I'm still using it on a couple of sites as an avatar becaus...
by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:25 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 now have some names; thanks. I have visited Phlearn and Piximperfect, but have found them hard to follow they go so fast and their cursor is invisible so I can't see where they are clicking even if I stop, go back several times, and freeze frames. I may take Linda's advice and get a student from ...
by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:07 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

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

So this just came up under the To Rule or Not to Rule thread and I thought it deserved its own thread (I can't see where it has been specifically addressed at least recently). Matt Quinn innocently enough noted that he had once been advised (well, commanded actually) to use a formulaic approach to L...
by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:31 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 took a seminar from a photographer, an early tester of LR, who COMMANDED us to stay away from the tone curve [...] Wow, tone curves is such a powerful tool that can do so much more than the basic sliders alone can. I teach Lightroom and your comment just irritates me. That's not teaching Lightroo...
by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Things Showcase
Topic: Strings
Replies: 25
Views: 232

Re: Strings

I am very taken with #1 and #5! Both are quirky and unusual. I like the negative space and reflection in #1 (3:43 PM), and I feel that turning #5 on its side is genius. Very creative, out-of-the-box. :thumbup: (Y)
by Charles Haacker
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 210

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Duck wrote:
Ed Shapiro wrote:[...] My advice was to mix up a batch and allow it to oxidize, which intensifies the odor and keep a tray of this sludge under his computer desk as he effortlessly edits his images- inhale- exhale- Ahhhh! :D


Beautiful!

Oh that's beyond beautiful! That's hilarious!! :rofl:
by Charles Haacker
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Weather over water
Replies: 7
Views: 54

Re: Weather over water

This is just beautiful, Frank. Great capture and rendition of the light beams. The subtlety of your processing is very appropriate, with plenty of contrast and tonalities, but not overemphasizing the details in the cloud structures - a perfect balance. This gives it a classic, almost painterly look...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 210

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Yes, the aroma and the memories. Mine are not as profound nor poignant as others but are pleasant. The man who introduced me to photographic printing has long passed from this life. I love being able to process in open light and to print in-house or online. I'll still cherish the memories of Ralph ...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Everyone around here knows this!
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: Everyone around here knows this!

Gee, I don't think the sun is "blown." It's the sun f'cryin' out loud. I like it! Dark, moody, mysterious... there is almost visible motion in the cloud deck. Remember that all critique, this included, is subjective. I confess to being chicken to compete because I can't take my own advice,...
by Charles Haacker
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: The Chilterns (+ snow)
Replies: 5
Views: 45

Re: The Chilterns (+ snow)

I like it. I like it as is... But (since you've requested comment) I will risk adding that I see it as overall "printed down" a tad too much. If I had it in Lightroom, what would I do? I think the snow looks okay as is, leading lines are great, but I want to keep attention on yonder tree s...

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