A cloudy day at Changi


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xgrind

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Hi all,

Just started this hobby last week, so rode around the Changi area to scout for future shooting sites and along the way, took this along Tenah Merah Ferry Road.

No software editing had been made, straight from the camera. Feedbacks, good and bad are welcome to improve my skills. Thanks :)

 

cabbySHE

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Nice bike you've got there, but park at the wrong place/position.

You'd already got a good "model" so try to make her more "pretty" / "macho"

Bring her to some exotic location.
 

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st0pandst4re

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nice bike but IMO theres too much empty space in the picture.

i think it would be better to maybe take a portrait picture of the bike with the sky

and maybe add a CPL to make the sky more "dramatic" or do it in PP
 

destiny86

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i agree with st0pandst4re that u may want to do something to make the sky more dramatic. However, i feel that if possible, try to eliminate the tree on the far left .. or if want to have the tree in, make it the whole tree.
 

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and the electric box on the right...
this shot have "nothing to see"

should i see the bike or the sky?
 

xgrind

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Thanks for the comments, perhaps you can advise on where could be a good candidate for exotic location?

Nice bike you've got there, but park at the wrong place/position.

You'd already got a good "model" so try to make her more "pretty" / "macho"

Bring her to some exotic location.
Alright, will try that another time :)
nice bike but IMO theres too much empty space in the picture.

i think it would be better to maybe take a portrait picture of the bike with the sky

and maybe add a CPL to make the sky more "dramatic" or do it in PP
About the tree, I guess as much haha

i agree with st0pandst4re that u may want to do something to make the sky more dramatic. However, i feel that if possible, try to eliminate the tree on the far left .. or if want to have the tree in, make it the whole tree.
Ya, I still learning on the composition thingy...seems that area is pretty hard to grasp..

and the electric box on the right...
this shot have "nothing to see"

should i see the bike or the sky?

And thanks guys for the wonderful advises and comments! Learnt something from them :)

Laterz
 

r0n1n

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since you have a nice bike, why not try some sort of product photography to showcase your bike :thumbsup:

IMHO, you can crop the left side to remove the portion of the tree or probably put the bike near the tree then crop the box thing near the bike.
 

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kezumix

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Prefer not to have any perspective distortion on the pic... and crop off the tree on the right.. and slighty more room on the ground. And yes, a more dramatic sky with a ND or CPL...
 

inveritas

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Agree on getting rid of the tree on the right. This would make a nicer shot if you took it during sunrise/sunset.
 

yanikonian

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I'm looking at the sky horizon, if you knee down a bit more and make horizon at front light level and remove helmets, jackets from the bike, would better?

I assume your main subject is motorbike. :)

Yanikonian
 

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John5017

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Since you mentioned that you had not edited the photo, I presume you had a chance to compose this shot. Here's my humble opinion:

1) Too much "nothing". Try to follow the two-thirds rule.
2) Distractions:
2i) Green railings (unfortunately SG has many railings)
2ii) Electric box (another common thing found on our tiny island)
2iii) Helmets and jacket on the bike
2iv) Partial tree on the right (shown too little of it. You could have shown the whole of it if it's perspective in the photo would be reach about 2/3 of the length of the photo and it is not a thick, round tree.

I could tell you may have parked your bike and walked across to the other side of the road to take this photo. Perhaps you could have park your bike closer to you (only the bike and not the helmets/jacket). Shooting from a lower angle, you may be able to leave out the railings and the electric box and allow your bike to be a subject with the cloudy sky as a backdrop. You may also lose the green field as a result but this wasn't mentioned in your subject title. In this case, you can add more of the trees on one side of your photo to frame the shot.

I fully support your decision for not post editing so you may have to ensure that you crop out stuffs you don't want at the point of the trigger.
 

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u need to read the basic rules of photography...too much emphasis on the sky......which i will take the sky as the subject..but then out of nowhere..there is a bike....:)
 

xgrind

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Hi John/Pikapig,

Great points you guys have given there! Certainly had given some good enlightenment on my end, will take note of these points when I take my future shots. Thanks again!

Laterz
:)

Since you mentioned that you had not edited the photo, I presume you had a chance to compose this shot. Here's my humble opinion:

1) Too much "nothing". Try to follow the two-thirds rule.
2) Distractions:
2i) Green railings (unfortunately SG has many railings)
2ii) Electric box (another common thing found on our tiny island)
2iii) Helmets and jacket on the bike
2iv) Partial tree on the right (shown too little of it. You could have shown the whole of it if it's perspective in the photo would be reach about 2/3 of the length of the photo and it is not a thick, round tree.

I could tell you may have parked your bike and walked across to the other side of the road to take this photo. Perhaps you could have park your bike closer to you (only the bike and not the helmets/jacket). Shooting from a lower angle, you may be able to leave out the railings and the electric box and allow your bike to be a subject with the cloudy sky as a backdrop. You may also lose the green field as a result but this wasn't mentioned in your subject title. In this case, you can add more of the trees on one side of your photo to frame the shot.

I fully support your decision for not post editing so you may have to ensure that you crop out stuffs you don't want at the point of the trigger.
u need to read the basic rules of photography...too much emphasis on the sky......which i will take the sky as the subject..but then out of nowhere..there is a bike....:)
 

Yappy

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The motocycle steals the show!
 

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The motocycle steals the show!
Yup, if this photo is meant to express "A cloudy day at Changi" it had fallen short. Apparently, there had been too much attention paid to the bike. I have to assume that the clouds are the subject given the composition of the shot. In such cases I would find some trees to frame the clouds (if possible) and stop down to increase the DR in the clouds. Shooting at a wider angle will also help.
 

Lokomotiv

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Hi, I am new in ClubSnap and here I can say hello first time to all of you. I am a biker, some say a serious one...my nickname Lokomotiv comes from my long rides. Regarding photo there is nothing wrong leaving helmet and things on the bike...if bike and biking is your message. I agree all comments above and regarding title. You could get a good biker photo when going closer to bike, using wide angle, making sky dramatic with PP. When going around Changi one day stop to say hello if you see a Harley biker focusing with camera as I go there almost every weekend.
 

xgrind

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Hi Locomotiv,

Sure will drop you an hello greeting should I bump into you in Changi :D

Hi, I am new in ClubSnap and here I can say hello first time to all of you. I am a biker, some say a serious one...my nickname Lokomotiv comes from my long rides. Regarding photo there is nothing wrong leaving helmet and things on the bike...if bike and biking is your message. I agree all comments above and regarding title. You could get a good biker photo when going closer to bike, using wide angle, making sky dramatic with PP. When going around Changi one day stop to say hello if you see a Harley biker focusing with camera as I go there almost every weekend.
 

jinki

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the box was distracting. the sky and the bike is a good concept.. overall nicely done.
 

zac08

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Remove the box, tree and increase the contrast....

and it would be much better. :)
 

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