Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

user profile | dashboard | imagewall | contact user

« older newer »

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
Global Warming - the debate

My homesite

My flickr

C_E on twitter

Images on twitter

CyclistOnChemo on twitter

My facebook

This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

* * * *

"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

Been counting visitors since some time in August 2008
site stats

Click to get your own widget

Search this moblog

Recent visitors

tango at the Crypt

(viewed 1467 times)
Bookmark and Share
fulfilling a commission - what vignetting do you prefer and why?
13th Aug 2009, 21:45  

mtn_hermit says:

I'm going with #3; can't tell if there's any vignetting at all, really, but I just love that shot so much. That's just... hot.

13th Aug 2009, 22:28

Sprocket says:

no 3 for me

though I like the way your © in no 4 makes it look like she has a hairy armpit

13th Aug 2009, 22:44

msHedgehog says:

For the vignetting I think I like 3 best - it seems to be created entirely by the lighting in the room. The second one looks harsh and artificial to me, and the colour of the reddish vignette in the fourth seems a bit the same - it doesn't blend seamlessly with the lighting as the black one does. The black vignette in the top one works more like a real spotlight for me but isn't quite as seamless as 3, in which I think the vignette, assuming there is one, is a different shape. xx

13th Aug 2009, 23:21

beth says:

1. it's subtle and frames the image well - nice and direct so i know where i'm supposed to be looking without really feeling 'forced.'

13th Aug 2009, 23:34

Caine says:

Wow. Um, absolute favourite, the 1st shot. It's subtle, and conveys the passion which goes into the dance. After that, #3, which show the same as #1, but has a different perspective and feel. Both of those are amazingly sensual and intimate, and the lighting is dramatic without looking artificial.

14th Aug 2009, 04:52

Dhamaka says:

thank you everyone, this is really helpful

MsHedgehog - next time you're there take a look on the floor. There are really bright lights that get in the way - either by washing out everything or by making parts of the shot incredibly overexposed. I needed a fast and consistent way to get rid of them unobtrusively and to fade out the audience. Could of course have done it manually with photoshop but that would take so much time..

14th Aug 2009, 09:23

JokerXL says:

Definately NOT the 2nd!
#3 probably, subtle is betta.

14th Aug 2009, 13:05

SLG says:

Great series, love her dress too.

15th Aug 2009, 23:26

Dhamaka says:

thank you (me too)

16th Aug 2009, 14:24

taniwha says:

I prefer teh third. the lighting point made by hedgehog is a good one but what I like about vignetting in general is that is projects teh intinacy of the scene.

17th Aug 2009, 08:56

mysteritmo says:

# 3 is my favourite. But all fabulous shots, really.

17th Aug 2009, 14:53

Dhamaka says:

thank you taniwha and mysteritmo

this is really making me think, any more suggestions with regards to the vignetting would be much appreciated

17th Aug 2009, 17:51

mysteritmo says:

Try to do to #3 what you did to #1

17th Aug 2009, 17:56

Dhamaka says:

change the lighting as well as the vignetting?

17th Aug 2009, 17:59

mysteritmo says:

Yes. Even though I realize you will miss a little bit of their legs. Anyway I'm no expert - so don't pay me too much attention :-)


Maybe just changing the vignetting will do?

17th Aug 2009, 18:04

Dhamaka says:

you always did take good photos

Anyway, the people I'm doing this for aren't experts either. They just liked my tango shots.

17th Aug 2009, 18:06

mysteritmo says: me :-) They are all fabulous anyway.

17th Aug 2009, 18:07

Dhamaka says:

thank you - they're a really lovely couple too and I'm just finishing writing something for their current project

17th Aug 2009, 18:11

SLG says:

1 I think is the best

17th Aug 2009, 18:14

Dhamaka says:

that's a cop-out... I'm asking you to tell me why...

17th Aug 2009, 18:24

msHedgehog(mshedgehog1-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I know what you mean about the lights, they are really spotty - what I meant was, I like best the version of the vignetting that looks as though it was done with lighting, and I think (3) is the most successful for that although (1) is also very good.

17th Aug 2009, 19:48

Dhamaka says:

it's the one I started with too - thanks

17th Aug 2009, 20:04

<O> says:

Hmm just read all of this and I don't like 3, sorry.

In all but four my eye does not know whre to look and I find the processing doesn't help me at all in that regard except for in four.

Two looks like an old fashioned postcard and I don't like the way the shading is covering the chaps face in one and three.

The fourth kinda works for me because the shading, i cant be bothered to spell vinegar properly, takes the eye to her face and in that case fading the chap out works well

Sorry but you asked..

18th Aug 2009, 08:22

Dhamaka says:

I did and I'm pleased you told me

18th Aug 2009, 08:31