Gary Zerbst

  • self portrait

    This month’s assignment for the camera club is to make a self portrait in which I am not recognizeable  but which tells a story about me.  I’m thinking that this might be a reasonable entry.  What do you sharks think?

  • This tough love thing would be getting back to the shark tanks roots and what drew me to the forum in he first place,  But criticism should be ameliorated with a little bit about what the photog has done right.   The comments in the critiques were getting  a bit personally snarky.  The  reaction to that was an instruction to be nicer.  The resul…[Read more]

  • Thanks 3pco.  Just the hero it needed.  MY eyes are immediately drawn to the hero.

  • Yet another attempt to post  my photo.  I’m persistent

    I was entranced by the light and snapped the photo,  When I got it home on the larger screen I saw that the photo has no real hero.  I’ve played with it but still cannot find anything hero-ish.  The quality of the light is all that kept me from binning it.  I’m hoping that one or more shark…[Read more]

  • I was entranced by the light and snapped the photo,  When I got it home on the larger screen I saw that the photo has no real hero.  I’ve played with it but still cannot find anything hero-ish.  The quality of the light is all that kept me from binning it.  I’m hoping that one or more sharks can find something hero-ish and help me save the pho…[Read more]

  • I was entranced by the light and snapped the photo,  When I got it home on the larger screen I saw that the photo has no real hero.  I’ve played with it but still cannot find anything hero-ish.  The quality of the light is all that kept me from binning it.  I’m hoping that one or more sharks can find something hero-ish and help me save the photo.

  • In the past , I’ve posted photos for critique by linking from my Flickr acccount.  Now, however, I can no longer access my Flickr account. I could open a new account but my old account seems to be hidden behind various Ïlickr ownership changes with their various passwords.  I know that there is a way to post photos to the tank without Flickr, bu…[Read more]

  • Lenny:

    It took me until I read the third comment to realize thane rocks in the foreground formed a sculpture of a man face planted in the sand.  Since that is the hero of the photo, there should be some way to making that factor more pronounced in the photo  and in the  viewer’s face.  Maybe tone down the sun  reflection and bring upheaval dark…[Read more]

  • Gaham,  the  diffusion caused by  a small aperture is fact of life.  ai t ocrs anytime the apertures ucienty small. lens quality hqs nothing to do wih it.  Diffusion is an effect of the laws of optics  and no known lens design can overrule  the  Rules of physics

  • Tom, Erik:   I was  in the showers when  my wife called out to me that there was something worth seeing at the window.   I jumped out the shower, toweled  off enough to not drip too much, grabbed the camera and braced it against  the window sill.  I got one shot (having an imperfect photo is better than having no photo at all) then shivered my way…[Read more]

  • Luis asked ” What program did you use?  I have Photoshop CS ( which is free now) and GIMP”

    Just this morning I watched a tutorial on i-phone photography (Amazon Prime Alexa)  In the video , the trainer used a very full featured post processing app called lightroom on her i-phone ,  She stated that it was a free download on the app store.  F…[Read more]

  • Graham    RE:  “the widest aperture possible is desired to allow the maximum amount of light through the filter.”

    I thought that the purpose of a ND filter is to prevent most of the  light from passing  though the filter.  This allows a longer open shutter time  just as does an F/22 aperture.

  • EarlyAM on a cold blustery winter morning looking toward  the Cascade Mountains.  The photo turned out quite different than my “eyeballed version”.  It was strikingly different than any eastern sky I’d seen in  the 15 years that I’ve lived here.  The tree branches became (at f/5.6  600 mm FF equivalent) blurred out and reinforced the mystery of th…[Read more]

  • I’m not sure how to do it but (IMHO) the tiny figure needs to be somehow emphasized.  I had to look really hard to  find the selfie person

    locally higher contrast?  blended in more exposure ?   Locally more color saturation?   Vignette centered on the person?     All the above?

  • I started in film B&W which may explain my liking of old  barns wih lots of texture.  After looking at Dorothy’s barn for a while, I decided that the photo had good bones but the bones were obscure too much by the surroundings (in this analogy-too much fat?)  Anyway  I carefully cloned out the fence line, which had  cut the composition in two,…[Read more]

  • Gary Zerbst replied to the topic Thermal haze in the forum The Shark Tank 7 months ago

    The photo puts me in mind of a weekly  TV program from America in the  50’s called “The Twilight  Zone”  hosted  by Rod Sterling.  Anyone else remember this program.  What a wealth of memories this visual  association  brings me.

  • Sorry  about the poor typing. I have very very shaky hands and thus erroneous keystrokes.

    I’ll try to correct it below:

    Each year the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Tour de Lopez,   a group tour around Lopez Island.   It gives me an opportunity to have an exercise in showing motion in a still photo via a slow shutter speed and resulting motion bl…[Read more]

  • Each year the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Tour de Lopez a group tour around Lopez Island.   It gives me an opportunity to have an exercise in showing motion in a still photo vi a slow shuterspddaaand esulingmotion blur as the bike whizz past the end  of my driveway.   Which technique do you prefer:    panning with the moving  bikes or freez…[Read more]

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