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Old 12-09-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default Engine Bay Shoot - Critique!

was bored so i took some pictures:
i know some of them cam eout very dark...i blame my monitor at home..it isn't calibrated.
Shot using Canon 7D with 17-40 L lens and a 35mm canon lens.
























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I think they're cool pix. How do you know what the switches do? Or is that an anti-theft technique?
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:11 PM   #3
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I think they're cool pix. How do you know what the switches do? Or is that an anti-theft technique?
well after cutting my finger making them.
burning my fingers soldering them
putting them backwards 3 times
having the change the plate twice
i pretty much can turn them on with my eyes closed
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:53 PM   #4
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photos need a subject. i think about 2 of your photos have a visually interesting subject that is obvious to the viewer. only one of the engine bay.. maybe.
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photos need a subject. i think about 2 of your photos have a visually interesting subject that is obvious to the viewer. only one of the engine bay.. maybe.
i can agree.
i just went with what was visually appealing to me. since i love all aspects of the engine bay, anything worked for me

could you care to name which ones you actually liked?
it'll be interesting to understand your point. nothing wrong with learning one or two things from this experience.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:04 PM   #6
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This is the only one of the engine bay shots that grabs my attention a little.



I'm by no means a great photographer or critiquer, but a few things I'd consider would be:
* find your subject and make the photo about THAT.
* get rid of all the other distracting elements.
* get rid of even the less distracting elements.
* remember that if it doesn't add to the picture, it's maybe taking away from it.
* you sure as **** better get the whole subject in the photo. (steering wheel)

My gut feel from most of the pictures above is that there is a lot going on. Engine bays are full of a lot of stuff and when you take random shots of them, it's hard for me to know which stuff you are telling a story about. A throttle body? a blue coupler? an un-capped PCV?

And when you show something in context, you might consider showing the whole context. If your subject is the throttle body, where does the big blue hose go? it just sort of wanders out of the frame.
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well, you are right about most of those points.
you also have to understand that photography is an art and as such it doens't have to follow all rules. some can be bent, others broken.

i took it attempting to show a perspective of what you would see if you were standing behind the camera. albeit, it didn't come completely as i expected it, but it was a good first attempt.

i agree, it is very difficult to show case the overall feel of an engine bay being so busy and all and i could had def made a better attempt at picking on subject and making it shine. i guess i can keep trying and next time i would keep your points in mind.

getting critique from regular folks is the best because you aren't trying to decipher if i followed rules of thrids, proper lighting, contrast, saturation, temperature....you are critiquing exactly what you see.

i really appreciate your input.

thanks!

ps: i also love that pic you chose, i think #12 is up there as well.
i guess the other shots make sense to me since my brain fills in the gaps ...i've been looking at this engine bay for 2 yrs
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I only have 2. The audio cable in the engine bay on the throttle body looks half assed, and please do something to your exhaust side valve cover nipple.
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The corners of the valley look like you've been eating crackers over the motor.

The steering wheel looks gross.
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agreement: I agree the VC shot is the only one holding interest.

hate: Please don't blame artist license and monitor calibration on bad photography, especially when you asked for the critique. One needs to actually understand the principles of art before he should start breaking them under the guise of "art". There's a reason that a real artist will spend years just studying them. Seriously, if you don't actually want critique of your pictures, don't ask for it. You won't learn how to take better pictures if you just make excuses about why there's not good.


two words: specular highlights.
two cents: Your light source was too small and too bare.

off topic: How come you put the start button where the acc port was, but then moved the acc port to the panel you made--wouldn't it have been easier [and better] to put the starter button on the panel in a position that's a lot easier to reach every time you want to start the car?


hardware: Does your lens really only have 5 straight aperture blades? Is that the 35mm f/2?

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all great points.

thank guys, will def take all comments to heart.
can only get better, right?

this is exactly what i was looking for.

i did find this hilarious:
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There's a reason that a real artist will spend years just studying them. Seriously, if you don't actually want critique of your pictures, don't ask for it.
he said "real artists"........in no way did i ever called myself an "artist" or even a "photogtrapher" because i am neither. all i asked for was critique and thats what i got. i an't mad, i am glad.
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Think about what you want the viewer to be drawn to as the subject, most of those pictures made me question what exactly you wanted me to look at.

Look up the Rule of Thirds, it's a basic way to help compose your image to make it visually more aesthetic.
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