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#1 of 41 Old 07-27-2010, 07:52 AM - Thead Starter
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Our very first photo assignment - how exciting. 

 

OK, for the next two weeks, your assignment, should you choose t accept it, is to produce one or more images of Roads, Trails, and Pathways. 

 

Give feed back to your fellow KR photographers - we can all learn by critiquing.  Even when you critique another person's work, you are forcing yourself to think critically about the process and product, which will make you a better photographer as well.

 

Try and follow YM's guidelines for How to prepare images for upload.

 

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What I like about this image, is not the picture itself...I wish I had had the picture moving off to the right, or something, at a diagonal...all the motion, rule of thirds thing...but...here's the deal. 

 

It's the history and the story behind the road.

 

This road is called The Tuckerton Stage Coach Road (called Tuckerton Stage Rd or Tuckerton Rd in most places)...it runs from a town called Marlton (avbout 15 miles from Philly), through my town (Medford), and all the way to the shore of New Jersey, for all you folks who think NJ is one giant factory.

 

This section is about a 10-15 mile portion that is unpaved (obviously), that runs through state park land...and (obviously) doesn't get much traffic.  The tire tracks in the picture are mine.

 

The most fascinating thing is, though...this road is over *300* years old.  And, the road you are seeing, is the actual road.  Not 10 feet to the left or 10 feet to the right.  This is the actual road that people used to use 300 years ago to get from the ocean to more populated places.

 

There are several places along the way with ruins of old taverns or houses...unfortunately, there's not much information about what they were...they're just old foundations...probably several hundred years old.  I'll post some of them later.

 

New Jersey, and particularly South Jersey is so infused with this type of history, and is nothing like the nasty things you see on the NJ Turnpike up near the oil refineries, it just drives me nuts...because people never see the beautiful parts.

 

So...expect more of this nonsense from me...pictures of rural South Jersey...with a story behind them.

 

 

 

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Tech tee, I know that you said that you wish that it had been to the right or the rule of thirds but here's what I note.  (keeping in mind I have no actual knowledge in photography)  My digital photo teacher after teaching us the rule of thirds taught us about lines leading your eyes somewhere, well in this the road itself is a line but the darker line in the road also leads your eye down the to the far away distance.  I think you followed a rule.  I love the story, I like history and can imagine what it would be like to walk along the same road as someone years ago.


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I'd like to submit three for critique

 

This one was from 2008 from the Roman road ruins at Apamea in north-central Syria.  They say that Marc Antony and his armies marched down these roads back somewhere between 30-40 BC

 

 

This next one was taken in 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a neighborhood most tourists don't venture near. I liked the contrast of provided by the old and the modern with the spires of the Petronas Building in the background

 

Finally, the ones I took last weekend were somewhat disappointing by my eye - the most interesting pic was this couch I found on the side of the road - made for an interesting contrast with the trees behind them I thought (none of the ones with the road in sight came out very well IMO)


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I'd like to submit three for critique

 

This one was from 2008 from the Roman road ruins at Apamea in north-central Syria.  They say that Marc Antony and his armies marched down these roads back somewhere between 30-40 BC

 

 

 

 

This is a very cool picture.  I love the way it's framed.  And the perspective.

 

I may have left the person out of it, however.

 

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I wish I could have, but I was there with other tourists and co-workers who were wandering about the ruins the same time I was, so there was no real good non-person op available for that sightline, and we had a tight timeline to keep (we had two other ancient sites to get to before heading back to Damascus)

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This is a very cool picture.  I love the way it's framed.  And the perspective.

 

I may have left the person out of it, however.

 




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Tech tee, I know that you said that you wish that it had been to the right or the rule of thirds but here's what I note.  (keeping in mind I have no actual knowledge in photography)  My digital photo teacher after teaching us the rule of thirds taught us about lines leading your eyes somewhere, well in this the road itself is a line but the darker line in the road also leads your eye down the to the far away distance.  I think you followed a rule.  I love the story, I like history and can imagine what it would be like to walk along the same road as someone years ago.


That's actually pretty funny.  I was focusing so much on the road, that I didn't even notice the darker line (my tire tracks) going off in a slightly different direction.
 

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I wish I could have, but I was there with other tourists and co-workers who were wandering about the ruins the same time I was, so there was no real good non-person op available for that sightline, and we had a tight timeline to keep (we had two other ancient sites to get to before heading back to Damascus)


 

 

I hear ya...it's probably a common problem. Now that I got my daughter a nice DSLR (and I use it mostly), I try to concentrate more and more on my photograhy, and things, like people, and street signs, and telephone poles, and, technology in general, seem to get in the way.



 

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This is a very cool picture.  I love the way it's framed.  And the perspective.

 

I may have left the person out of it, however.

 


I do not mind the person so muc - it gives a sense of scale.  I think the composition could be improved in two ways.  First, I would have composed lower so that there was less sky - there is not much going on there, and it is much brighter than the area in the lower left shadows.    The other thing I would look at is the building in the right edge.  I want to see more of it.

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I do not mind the person so muc - it gives a sense of scale.  I think the composition could be improved in two ways.  First, I would have composed lower so that there was less sky - there is not much going on there, and it is much brighter than the area in the lower left shadows.    The other thing I would look at is the building in the right edge.  I want to see more of it.

 

Now that I look at it, I see things in it that I have problems with in a lot of my photos too (not that I'm complaining Moon, I really like the photo).  And, the main one is the sky. 

 

I have another "road" picture I'll post later that has the same issue.  The majority of the problem is the time of day (in most of my stuff), but composition (and possibly a filter, or a stopped down lens) could fix the problem.  Frequently, in my pictures, things are so overexposed.  I've been experimenting with having the camera in Aperture priority, for depth of field stuff...maybe I shouldn't trust the light meter so much...
 

Of course, Moon mentioned that he was on a tight schedule, so he couldn't exactly stick around to wait until the sun went lower...but, maybe if he moved into the shadows, got less of the sky...I don't know.

 

This is one of the really nice things about digital cameras...."film" is cheap.  I keep on stressing this to my daughter, who is dabbling in photography...TAKE MORE STUFF...YOU CAN ALWAYS DELETE IT.  (or crop it...)

 

It's not like when I was a kid, shooting totally in B&W with my Tri-X Pan Film (ASA 400).  I had to use that film because I had a really slow lens...and everything came out dark if I dropped to 125 ASA.  Everything was so grainy.  Thankfully, I had my own darkroom, so I didn't have to pay for anything except chemicals and film.  Anyway, I digress.

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Well, I am not super happy with either of these but they are the best of the photos I managed to get a week ago when I went to a local metropark.  All the others were boring. 

 

The color on all my photos looked washed out that day (it was hazy, hot, and humid with sun and intermittent clouds).  I figure for these assignments, I would leave the photos unedited, but I know that doing some editing for exposure/color/etc would improve both of them.  You can barely tell that there are clouds in the photo of the overhead train trestle. 

 

I am mostly interested in comments about the perspective in each photo, since I tried to do something other than the standard trail photo, and am not sure if what I did really worked.  In 1st one, I got down on my stomach to capture the worn spot in the middle of a mown grass trail through some prairie habitat at the park.

 

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Here are two photos I took last year at a different metropark.  These were taken with my older digital camera (maxed out at 3 megapixels).

 

 

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  I usually wind up touching my camera about once every five years so don't take my comments to strongly.

 

Trail in mowed grass: My problem with this picture is that it isn't clear that you got "down low" to take it - it looks like you just zoomed in on the trail ahead of you. I think this is because you're looking over the ridge ahead of you to the next rise.

 

Train trestle: This one works for me for the most part. I might try to bring out more definition in the clouds to make the picture more ominous - "a lonely sentinel defying the elements", but I'm not sure how you could do that and it might make the picture too dark.

 

Stone wall: I don't see anything I'd do any different.

 

Bridge sign: I've got a few of these in some of my pictures, but they're generally something I use to identify the next picture in sequence. Without this context, stand-alone pictures like this don't do much for me unless there's something intrinsically interesting about the sign itself. I'd probably have tried to get more to the right and include more of the bridge with the sign - maybe make the bridge the subject of the picture with the sign being more of an interesting highlight.

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Gotta run.  Here's mine. Feedback later on yours...

 

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OK, I have scouted out a location for tomorrow, hope to have my submission(s) soon.

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Here's another "road" picture.  This road has a similar story to the one I posted before.  It too is probably 200 years old.  it's called Quaker Bridge Road, and the "Quaker Bridge" still exists, although it has been repaired countless times over the years.  It doesn't carry much traffic, because it doesn't go anywhere anymore, like most of the hundreds of miles of these sand roads in the Pinelands of New Jersey.

 

This was taken in the fall, I think.  Remember, we're in the Pinelands...so the pine trees, at least, stay green.  the rest of the trees are oak...and they're quite leafy now, in the summer, but, in the fall and winter, they get really ugly.

 

The thing that pisses me off about this one is the God damned beer can off to the left.  I need to learn how to clone in Photoshop...I also need to pay attention.  If I had been, I could have walked over and picked it up.

 

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Don't apologize for the stories.  Pictures in context are a delight.  I like the vanishing point in this picture.


 

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I'd like to submit three for critique

 

This one was from 2008 from the Roman road ruins at Apamea in north-central Syria.  They say that Marc Antony and his armies marched down these roads back somewhere between 30-40 BC

 

 

This next one was taken in 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a neighborhood most tourists don't venture near. I liked the contrast of provided by the old and the modern with the spires of the Petronas Building in the background

 

Finally, the ones I took last weekend were somewhat disappointing by my eye - the most interesting pic was this couch I found on the side of the road - made for an interesting contrast with the trees behind them I thought (none of the ones with the road in sight came out very well IMO)


 

Roman Roads picture:  I like the lighting in that it provides the contrast to the paving stones climbing into the distance.  Interesting juxtaposition with the other shots in your post - one can argue that KL is also a bit of a ruin and that urban decay is a common thread (or just decay).

 

Couch:  Love this shot.

 

KL.  Could you have tried it from about 10 feet to the right and gotten more of the towers?

 

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Well, I am not super happy with either of these but they are the best of the photos I managed to get a week ago when I went to a local metropark.  All the others were boring. 

 

The color on all my photos looked washed out that day (it was hazy, hot, and humid with sun and intermittent clouds).  I figure for these assignments, I would leave the photos unedited, but I know that doing some editing for exposure/color/etc would improve both of them.  You can barely tell that there are clouds in the photo of the overhead train trestle. 

 

I am mostly interested in comments about the perspective in each photo, since I tried to do something other than the standard trail photo, and am not sure if what I did really worked.  In 1st one, I got down on my stomach to capture the worn spot in the middle of a mown grass trail through some prairie habitat at the park.

 

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I tried what you did in your first picture this weekend, it didn't work.  Kudos for yours.  The rut fades too soon though - could have had more of a vanishing point to it.

 

The bridge is a beautiful shot.  Love the skewed angle.

 

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Here are two photos I took last year at a different metropark.  These were taken with my older digital camera (maxed out at 3 megapixels).

 

 

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There's a Flickr group devoted to stone walls, you should submit it.  Interesting in that this is a curved road.

The bridge shot could have been made more interesting with more of the bridge in it, just a slight titch to the right.  Still, interesting subject.


 

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Here's another "road" picture.  This road has a similar story to the one I posted before.  It too is probably 200 years old.  it's called Quaker Bridge Road, and the "Quaker Bridge" still exists, although it has been repaired countless times over the years.  It doesn't carry much traffic, because it doesn't go anywhere anymore, like most of the hundreds of miles of these sand roads in the Pinelands of New Jersey.

 

This was taken in the fall, I think.  Remember, we're in the Pinelands...so the pine trees, at least, stay green.  the rest of the trees are oak...and they're quite leafy now, in the summer, but, in the fall and winter, they get really ugly.

 

The thing that pisses me off about this one is the God damned beer can off to the left.  I need to learn how to clone in Photoshop...I also need to pay attention.  If I had been, I could have walked over and picked it up.

 

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Didn't notice the can till you mentioned it.  I actually like the fact that you didn't center the road in this shot.
 


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Didn't notice the can till you mentioned it.  I actually like the fact that you didn't center the road in this shot.
 



And therein lies the beauty of digital photography.  I probably took 15 pictures of that scene.  And selected the one I liked.  Although, yes, I intentionally did NOT put the road in the center of the shot.

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Not at all the shot I was planning - this was last Friday AM, and I was driving to where I wanted to take my photos for this assignment.  The lighting was too nice to ignore.  And by the time I got to where I wanted to shoot, all of the suns rays were gone as overcast haze settled in.

 

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Nice.  Verrrry nice.  And that's the beauty of photography.  The best laid plans and all that.

 

For a crop (not sure it needs one) I might suggest about an inch off the bottom.  But the road has a nice flow to it.


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Grizz - beautiful shots!

 

LH - love the light.  Also like your composition. 

 

I'm not really pleased with my submissions but didn't want to pass on the first assignment.  I had planned to do a something more interpretive with the assignment but never made it out to where I wanted to shoot.  I ended up tossing the camera in the stroller basket when Baby Anna & I went for our run on Sunday morning.  These were all shot on a extremely overcast & hazy day.  All are part of the trails along the lakefront.

 

 

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Love the first one.  There is a band of light through the middle that the runner is moving through.  The fact that he's offset suggests movement and reveals the length of the path. 


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Bard - I like both your railroad trestle & stone wall photos a lot.  I want to like the one of the pedestrian bridge because I think it's a good subject matter but keep coming back to figure out what I don't like.  I think I agree with Grizz in that it could be compositionally better if you'd been able to move yourself to the right.  I assume that the left side of the bridge also has rails.  Imagine the image, you moved to the right, looking across the signage with the rails from the opposite side in the background, fading into the back of the image.  Just my 2¢. 

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Thanks for all the comments, I'm learning a lot. 

 

When I took that particular bridge photo in spring 2009, I think I had just liked the look of the faceplate and wanted to do a macro shot on it.  I do have a more typical bridge photo of the same bridge, which in retrospect is probably a better fit with this particular theme. 

 

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Trail in mowed grass: My problem with this picture is that it isn't clear that you got "down low" to take it - it looks like you just zoomed in on the trail ahead of you. I think this is because you're looking over the ridge ahead of you to the next rise.

 

Yes, this is exactly the same problem I had with it.  I had a different shot where you just see grass and the vertical line of the worn spot going the whole length of the photo up the middle, but that too just didn't work.  I have since wondered if having it go on a diagonal might have been a better angle as opposed to straight up the middle. 


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Litch-  I really like that photo with the sun shining on the road.  Haze caused me problems on my recent shooting day but you happened to capture a moment where it enhanced the photo rather than detracted from it.

 


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