Friday, February 25, 2011

Photography Dilemma: I need your professional opinions....heh

I am entering some photos at the annual competition our school enters. I'm having an issue with a few of the pics. I took one that looked really great into Wolf Camera. They were so nice and printed it twice for me, but its a black and white still life and for SOME REASON the contrast was really bad and when they tried to fix it it looked horrible - the words stood off the page and made the rings BLACK! Anywaysss, I tried to re-do them with better lighting. I did these at my back door with my huge floor lamp on the ground and a big mirror reflecting the light back on the rings to hopefully lighten them up a little. I could just enter a different b+w...but I really like the theme of this picture. Which one do you guys like the best? Any ideas how I can get it to look better? I've tried everything I can think of... I think I have the right idea...it's just not working. I don't know if any of you out there are photography people, so that's why I'm asking. I'm totally not. I can come up with good ideas, just can't execute them very well...




Here is the Black and White Still Life I'm going to enter if the other one never works....


Finally, here is the Color Still Life I'm entering. It printed greater than it took. :D YAY! 

11 comments:

TaylorJoy said...

Hey Ashley! I LOVE your angles in these pictures! I like the first one of the rings the best but is there a way you can focus a little more one the words? Like, they are kinda blurry, can you make them stand out any more? Your lighting is wonderful! (That is something that I have always struggled with so very good job!) Personally, I suggest you try one more time to get those words focused and if you can't get it, then don't worry about it. They look great as they are!!!
TaylorJoy (Taylor1610 from the OYAN forum if you didn't already know that. :P)

Nairam said...

I think #1 of the rings looks quite good--better than the ones following.

LoVizzle said...

The first rings picture and the photo with the tears on the hymn notes are my favorite two!

Anonymous said...

The first one is def the best.

LunaPuma said...

I love the fourth one the best. The candy one is also really good! I think you should maybe play a bit more with the macro mode. Try to focus more on the rings, and in a different angle maybe? But that's just a small suggestion from one photographer to another.

Good job and good luck! =D

Becca said...

I like the first one of the rings! Dude....looks cool and I don't know....the blurry-ness makes me love it. Meh, but what do I know? no-thing.

LoVizzle said...

Hey Ashley, I PMed you my email but haven't received an email from you yet...

Ashley said...

HUH? Okay...*runs to dashboard* How in the world...

Ashley said...

Okay. I have NO CLUE why I can't find how to read my messages...but I can't. *hangs head in shame* I could just tell you about it, but our flier is way more epic. :)

Well, I'd rather post mine than you have to post yours so her it is. Just insert symbols where needed. I'm doing it this way because I'm told its "safer" if you are trying to guard against spam. O.o

faraboverubiesatattdotnet

Ashley said...

Oh, btw, (I forgot to put this) just email that address...you don't even have to write anything...Lol. And then I'll send it to ya.

LoVizzle said...

I emailed you! I have no clue if it's the right email or not because I haven't gotten a reply. Here's hoping!