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File:2016 Prowincja Krabi, Ko Lanta Yai, Plaża Klong Khong (29).jpgEdit

A Krabi sunset

I really like this composition and photo, but do you think it's special enough for an FP nomination or not? I thought I'd ask here first. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:25, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

I guess not? -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:01, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
  • It's a nice photo, but the FP criteria specifically says, """almost all sunsets are aesthetically pleasing, and most such pictures are not in essence different from others""". To me, this just doesn't seem special enough. dllu (t,c) 18:14, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
Understood, and yes, I am well aware of that criterion. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:16, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

File:Zirkus Chnopf in Zurich.jpgEdit

Zirkus Chnopf in Zurich

Hello, this is a photo of the facade of "Zirkus Chnopf" building in Zurich, Switzerland. Please let me know what you think about it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shootzurich (talk • contribs) 10:22, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Shootzurich: that's a very interesting subject, but I think it has the potential for "more". The car and the graffiti feature some nice colors, but they look a bit flat in your image. Looks like this was shot on an overcast day – depending on the location it might be worth a try shooting it again in the warm light of an autumn morning or afternoon to get more punchy colors. That worked pretty well for me here. If that's not possible, maybe try tweaking the white balance a bit towards the warmer regions? Composition-wise, I'd try to keep the grey wall and window on the far left out of the frame, possibly the other window as well. Maybe include some more of the blue window (?) in the bottom right corner, or zoom in to include only the front of the car together with the cupcake? Just some random thoughts, I think this is definitely a subject spending some more time on if you're still in the area.
By the way, if the graffiti is signed it would be fair to credit the sprayer, possibly using {{Art Photo}} instead of {{Information}} (with {{FoP-Switzerland}} in the |artwork license = parameter). Cheers, --El Grafo (talk) 08:24, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

Eclipse/QI QuestionEdit

Diamon Ring in White House , TN

I just got back from Tennessee early this week and I’ve been going through the shots I have from Mondays Eclipse. I’m not sure this is my best shot but it’s useful to illustrate my question. Even shots before totality and certainly shots during taken totality will not be 2MP if you consider the black pixels from the dark sky. Can any photograph of the eclipse be nominated for a QI considering the circumstances of photographing a total eclipse? Also I’d like any comments/opinions on this photo. Thank you in advance! Sixflashphoto (talk) 17:41, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

@Sixflashphoto: You've got 2027 × 2027 = 4,108,729 pixels in this one, so you definitely should be fine at QI regarding image size even if you crop a bit more. I think a bit of black around the sun is necessary for this kind of image: this, for example, has a far too tight crop for my taste.
Regarding the photo itself, well, to me it looks like a typical well-done shot of the eclipse. One thing I haven't seen in other pictures, though, it that brighter grey ring on the outer part of the moon (Can you see what I mean? I think my English might be lacking here …). Do you know where that comes from? Did you maybe remove some CA/color-fringing and this is what was left over? --El Grafo (talk) 09:10, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
@El Grafo: I apologize for my late reply. I’ve still been getting situated since returning from seeing the Eclipse. I’ve added a different crop. I’m undecided myself on if I like it more but I would like your opinion. I’ve also looked at other shots I took during totality. I believe the gray fringe is just a result of a relatively long exposure (f38 at 1.5sec). I’ve seen other shots during totality that did have CA’s from what I believe were solar flares on the opposite side of the sun, but I did not remove any CA’s on this one. Frankly I find removing CA’s on Eclipse shots extremely painstaking.
Just to experiment I worked around with the color correction in RAW and couldn’t do anything about that gray ring. I do think I made it a bit better by just slightly bringing up the blacks. You lose a bit of the Outer Corona but I feel that’s alright in this particular shot.
So I would like to know what you think of this?
@Sixflashphoto: I was just curious about that ring. I think the picture looks pretty good – that's all I can say, I don't have the expertise for anything beyond that ;-) --El Grafo (talk) 07:52, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

How would you make this better?Edit

I really like this picture. This original terminal is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's taken after recent roof repairs and I'm sure it's useful on the commons. But I know it could be better. So my question is quite simple really, how would you improve this? I appreciate the help.Sixflashphoto (talk) 19:53, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Maybe it's just me, but to me it looks a tad tilted to the right. It also looks a little under exposed. PumpkinSky talk 01:29, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
  • The lighting is rather boring. Perhaps revisit it when the weather and time of day is more interesting? For example blue hour photos tend to be good. A clear day with clouds against a blue sky is better than overcast (though you have to watch out for harsh shadows). You may also want to stand farther back and use a longer focal length, or perhaps try to get the whole building in the frame. Google maps shows that there is plenty of empty space around the building. Since it's September, you can try shooting the building in autumn, when the trees have red leaves.
As for technical quality, there are some green/magenta chromatic aberrations, which you can easily fix using Adobe Lightroom or Darktable or any equivalent. I think Nikon DSLRs have the ability to automatically fix chromatic aberrations. Talking about postprocessing, it's usually advisable to apply digital perspective correction for architectural photos. dllu (t,c) 02:17, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Sunset over lakeEdit

Would love your thoughts! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:53, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

Very pretty, excellent capture of the waves. The photo is a little small but might have a chance at COM:QIC. The sky is a bit noisy and the small spot toward the upper left corner (a tiny cloud?) might be questioned. Unless someone else strongly demurs, I would recommend for you to nominate at QIC and see what happens. Even if it doesn't pass, you'll probably get some more specific advice there. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:57, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Napoleon's veteransEdit

Before starting restoration I'd like to check for considerable compression artefacts in any of these 15 photos (I suspect some but not entirely sure). Alternatively, those without artefacts could be singled out. This is a set. Thanks in advance. Brandmeister (talk) 16:58, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

Seek adviceEdit

-- 晴空·和岩 讨论页·反互煮 15:18, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Are you asking how these images might be improved? -- Thennicke (talk) 00:44, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Columbus past the CSX Upper Scioto River BridgeEdit

I've been trying to improve on this but I don't feel I quite have it. I would really apreciate any advice or comments. I can't seem to finally be happy with this one. Thank you everyone in advance, -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 03:37, 9 November 2017 (UTC)