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Holy Fill Flash SpidermanI think this breaks the fill flash rule. I used the built in flash (it's the only flash I have) on full power aimed directly at the spider so that I could highlight it and the web and eliminate the background. I got the extra bonus of highlighting all the hairs of the little critter.
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Dusk to Dawn ExplosionThis one breaks all the rules. What I did here was set the shutter to 15 seconds, iso 1600 then pointed it at my backyard light, waved it around a little, pointed it toward the moon, then pointed it at the yellow led on the antenna on my roof. I got pretty much what I expected, an over blown, blurry backyard with streaks of light. I don't know if it's artistic but it was fun.
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Ghost Rider?This image breaks lot of rules concerning light, contrast, exposure. I like the way the rope is glowing from the bright sun behind and how the arm of the cowboy disappears into the background as if the hand alone is holding the rope. I must admit, I was intentionally shooting into the sun but this particular picture was just a happy accident. :)
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Ready to RodeoThis one breaks composition rules. It even made me a little seasick the first couple of times I looked at it. The horizon cuts it in half. There is no primary subject. I took this picture this way to try to capture everything that was happening.
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"Quail with Blinders"The only rule that I broke with this shot was to center the Quail, But the one that was breaking the rules was the quail. I asked someone why he had blinders on and they said because when the quail are raised they sometimes like to peck the feathers off the other quail so they put the blinders on them.
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Off BalanceI didn't have time earlier to post what rules I broke. The obvious one is that I didn't keep the horizon level. In addition to that, I purposely skewed the balance or weight of the elements to one side. I also made the image very high contrast in order to de-emphasize the facial expressions and other distracting details, and emphasize the outline of the flailing arms. I originally darkened the brick a bit more, but then decided that having the brick lighter helped to shift the weight towards the darker silhouette, and helped to emphasize the lack of balance within the image. So I broke several rules in order to emphasize the "off'-balance" feel of the image.
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Self-portraitHere I break the rules of clarity as I shoot the reflection of the wall in front of me. The patterns of the wall are over-sharpened to further add to the obscurity.
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Reptilian StandoffThese two guys took a field trip onto my kitchen tile. I used the linear contrast on DPP, bumped up the saturation and sharpening to get more of a gritty, florescent arty feel. So I guess I broke the soft light rule. I also broke the "use a tripod" rule :) and since the images are a bit soft, I think the post-processing may be a way to 'save' the image (or not!)
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The look when they know they 'broke the rules'Crazy week and once again, you are subjected to the children as I just did not get anytime to be creative, so I let the kids be creative instead. I saw Mac's smudged face while she was playing in the sand box and grabbed the camera. I asked her to look like she just did something wrong--she nailed the look --gotta love kids.
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Eye of the StormWell, I figured if I was breaking the rules...
Created in camera, with no effects added after the exposure.
(Do you know how hard it is to spin the camera on the lens axis for a 1.3 second exposure? Try it sometime. :) )
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Making a Sack LunchI was studying a huge golden garden spider yesterday morning when a bee stumbled into its web. The spider quickly decended to its prey, and in with incredible speed had the unfortunate visitor totally enclosed in aciniform silk. It really is astonishing how deftly the spider moves across its web, dangles from an ad hoc trapeze created from only a few strands, and how it spins its catch while producing a special type of web designed to immobolize the victim.
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Help!I had a lot of trouble with this assignment, as Keith will confirm and in the end, I think I broke many of our guidelines in this shot but the most obvious is the little guy is centered. I want it to look like he is being pulled down by the ants into a hole. The second one, I guess would be how busy the photo is with all the ants and the colors on the guy. Again, it's supposed to make us feel like, ick, get these things off of me.
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our Nana v.2As per Rebecca's comment, this image also breaks the rules - blowing out the highlights. I also changed the processing to give Nana a warmer skin tone - 19% cyan, 33% magenta and 57% yellow; very subtle S-curve in LCH's Master lightness and selectively sharpened only her eyes (High Filter Pass - 1 pixel; USM - 100,2,0)
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heaven's on fireI'm violating here color-rendering in postprocessing to express my thought that maybe God gave us the Earth to be our heaven and that's it. Practicing too on the concept of optimal capture and choosing exposure etc later in raw development and pp. Spot-metered one yellow part on the sky to +1.5EV. Developed and pp'd in CNX2 in prophotoRGB colorspace then converted to sRGB
   
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