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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #50 on: August 02, 2017, 05:48:12 PM »

Great photos....do you crop your pics that are on here? Or add filters?

I try to avoid cropping more than 15-20% of the photo, but there's a few "close-ups" that just seemed interesting to me. I also try to stabilize the angle of the shot. I push color curves and levels, play with hues, sometimes try to clean up color noise.

I use a polarizer filter in most cases, to remove glare. It's not necessary at night, since it would make the shots even darker.

It's also undesirable in the shots from an airplane window or tinted windows; it cases a Moiré effect and/or color distortion.
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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #51 on: August 02, 2017, 06:35:22 PM »

Great photos....do you crop your pics that are on here? Or add filters?

I try to avoid cropping more than 15-20% of the photo, but there's a few "close-ups" that just seemed interesting to me. I also try to stabilize the angle of the shot. I push color curves and levels, play with hues, sometimes try to clean up color noise.

I use a polarizer filter in most cases, to remove glare. It's not necessary at night, since it would make the shots even darker.

It's also undesirable in the shots from an airplane window or tinted windows; it cases a Moiré effect and/or color distortion.

I was guessing you cropped the Florida I-95 mileage distance button copy sign.
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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #52 on: August 02, 2017, 07:35:46 PM »

Great photos....do you crop your pics that are on here? Or add filters?

I try to avoid cropping more than 15-20% of the photo, but there's a few "close-ups" that just seemed interesting to me. I also try to stabilize the angle of the shot. I push color curves and levels, play with hues, sometimes try to clean up color noise.

I use a polarizer filter in most cases, to remove glare. It's not necessary at night, since it would make the shots even darker.

It's also undesirable in the shots from an airplane window or tinted windows; it cases a Moiré effect and/or color distortion.

I was guessing you cropped the Florida I-95 mileage distance button copy sign.

Actually, I took a photo of my driver's side mirror, cropped that, and reversed it.

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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2017, 10:16:53 PM »

^ What kind of experience have you had with a polarizing filter?  I have read on the internet, that for the best results with a polarizing filter should be adjusted based on the varying light levels of the day.  Do you just leave the same filter on your lens all the time, or do you make adjustments throughout the day?
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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #54 on: August 02, 2017, 10:24:42 PM »

^ What kind of experience have you had with a polarizing filter?  I have read on the internet, that for the best results with a polarizing filter should be adjusted based on the varying light levels of the day.  Do you just leave the same filter on your lens all the time?

If it's anything other than midday, you pretty much have to rotate it when you change direction. It also depends on how harsh the light is, or the angle of the sun. Sometimes you need to move it about an equal number of degrees as you've turned the vehicle. Other times, half as many degrees for each turn. It varies. And there's times I mess it all up and you have 100-200 photos which were too dark or still had too much glare, although an SLR will essentially give you the WYSIWYG effect unless you ignore over/under-exposure warnings.

You might not need one if you're directly opposite from a setting/rising sun, or if it's very cloudy.

Obviously, this isn't practical on a winding road, but about a quarter-turn for each 90 degrees of directional change does the trick. It's tempting to totally darken the skies, but at the expense of losing most detail below the horizon. It's also possible to darken the skies so much that glare on the bottom-third of the windshield re-appears, so you have to find a happy medium.

There's also the annoyance of too much brightwork on automotive interior trim; I sometimes wonder if a few interior automotive designers have actually driven a car on a sunny day before.
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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #55 on: August 02, 2017, 10:29:57 PM »

^ Interesting, thanks for the information.

I use a haze filter on my camera, which does offer a small amount of polarization, but not so much that it needs to be adjusted depending upon the direction of the sun.

I also use a black towel on the front of my dash which helps to correct a lot of (though admittedly not all) of the reflections from the interior of the car.

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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #56 on: August 02, 2017, 10:42:17 PM »

^ Interesting, thanks for the information.

I use a haze filter on my camera, which does offer a small amount of polarization, but not so much that it needs to be adjusted depending upon the direction of the sun.

One other thing about a circular polarizer, is that it usually seems to underexpose by about 1 to 1 1/3, roughly the equivalent of a single increase ISO sensitivity level...from 100 to 200, or 400 to 800. You don't really have to do this when standing still, because you just need to compensate by standing (or setting the camera) that much more still, but to preserve shutter speed in a moving vehicle, it's necessary or a lot of post-poduction finger crossing is needed.

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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #57 on: August 02, 2017, 10:44:49 PM »

Do you shoot in raw, or in jpeg?  In the digital era I've always read that a photographer should expose the highlights and then recover the shadows.  While I agree with that advice in principle, I find that I take too many photos to shoot raw as I'll fill up my memory cards way too quickly.

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Re: FormulaNone's photos
« Reply #58 on: August 02, 2017, 10:51:14 PM »

Do you shoot in raw, or in jpeg?  In the digital era I've always read that a photographer should expose the highlights and then recover the shadows.  While I agree with that advice in principle, I find that I take too many photos to shoot raw as I'll fill up my memory cards way too quickly.

Same here.

And to be honest, I can't say I've really made the photos look any better in RAW with post-production improvements, possibly since I'm using a lower-end DSLR (or, perhaps that I don't know what I'm really doing). At roughly 10-15MB per shot, that fills up too quickly for general photography on the measure of 50,000 shots a year. I will make exceptions for family photography for special events, but usually, that's maybe twice a year. The rest are just grab the camera and go, because that's the pace of life, and kids just do their thing right now and probably not later.

I understand that in some circles, shooting JPEG-only is a venial sin on the level of buying puppies from breeders instead of shelters, but we're not all prefect.  :paranoid:

Also, there's some times I'll actually de-contrast shots...prime examples are when there's already too much direct sunlight late the day; guide signs with major reflectivity do some strange things in those conditions. Cameras sometimes tend to pick a focus point and over-do it at times. Or I'd left the wrong setting(s) on after shooting at night or from a plane.
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Re: My photos
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