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We replaced a steam boiler for a freelance photographer.

JStarJStar Member Posts: 2,683
Guess which pictures he took?

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  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,239
    edited August 2012
    pictures

    Well, while his pictures in a way look better they do not show the piping as yours do.

    His look better, but yours show more. :)
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Hap_HazzardHap_Hazzard Member Posts: 1,618
    Tripod & ambient light.

    It's the way to go when your subject isn't going anywhere.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA

    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,644
    I do not know fore sure which is which.

    But I guess the light ones are yours and the dark ones are the freelance.



    From an artistic standpoint, the light ones must be yours. Freelance would have removed the bucket and avoided the glare from the flash reflection. Also, that one is from too far away as there is extraneous detail all around. He (or she) might have done the second as the piping of the header was somewhat interesting.



    So that is why I guessed the dark ones were the freelance. But then I cannot explain why they are too dark. Also, the freelance kept the camera horizontal, so the vertical lines do not converge.



    So it is really difficult to tell who took which.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,239
    too dark

    I'm guessing they are not actually too dark and this is what the boiler looks like if you go and look at it in its "natural surroundings".
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,644
    Too dark.

    Too dark is an artistic comment, not a technical one. Technically, the "dark" images may exactly reflect what was there. It just does not convey the information I would like to see. It is a matter of artistic taste, but I would not think a professional photographer would settle for it the way it is. But That is just me, and no one need agree with me. 
  • JellsJells Member Posts: 180
    Someone needs to learn to use "levels"

    Both image sets desperately needed some level correction. Dark no more, and the I got rid of the blue caste.  "Levels" in photoshop or GIMP.







  • JStarJStar Member Posts: 2,683
    Pictures

    Thanks, Jon!



    Just goes to show that I do not have an eye for photo quality.
  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 2,372
    The difference is white balance.

    One is a more accurate tonal representation of the scene, the other is affected by the color of the light.
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,239
    Na

    I think my version looks better. :)
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • JStarJStar Member Posts: 2,683
    Test

    I'm going to bring my wife's good camera on the next install to experiment with photos. I think the trick to a good looking picture is definitely in the post-editing.
  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 2,372
    Trust me.

    It's the white balance setting on the camera. Most "auto" settings are not very good. You have to go in and set it for the type of light you're using.
    For installations, troubleshooting, and private consulting services, find John "JohnNY" Cataneo here at :
    "72°F Mechanical, LLC"
    Or email John at [email protected]
    John is the Boilers and Hydronic Heating Systems Course Instructor at NYC's Mechanics Institute, a professional Master Plumber, licensed by The Department of Buildings of The City of New York, and works extensively in NYC while consulting for clients in and out of state.
    John also oversees mechanical installations and maintenance for metro-area clients with his family's company, Gateway Plumbing and Heating along with his brother/business partner.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,239
    Flash?

    Johnny, it looks like you used a flash in that picture, which if that is the case the AWB works good.



    I think that is the ONLY time it works good though.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 2,372
    If I remember correctly,

    it was just a couple of incandescent bulbs behind me. You may be right, though. Anyway, reading color temperature is critical in digital photography. Compare these:
    For installations, troubleshooting, and private consulting services, find John "JohnNY" Cataneo here at :
    "72°F Mechanical, LLC"
    Or email John at [email protected]
    John is the Boilers and Hydronic Heating Systems Course Instructor at NYC's Mechanics Institute, a professional Master Plumber, licensed by The Department of Buildings of The City of New York, and works extensively in NYC while consulting for clients in and out of state.
    John also oversees mechanical installations and maintenance for metro-area clients with his family's company, Gateway Plumbing and Heating along with his brother/business partner.
  • IronmanIronman Member Posts: 5,303
    Uncoiler?

    Please tell me that poor guy didn't have to uncoil all that by hand.
    Bob Boan


    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 2,372
    Hahaha

    Yes, I assure you we have all the toys.
    For installations, troubleshooting, and private consulting services, find John "JohnNY" Cataneo here at :
    "72°F Mechanical, LLC"
    Or email John at [email protected]
    John is the Boilers and Hydronic Heating Systems Course Instructor at NYC's Mechanics Institute, a professional Master Plumber, licensed by The Department of Buildings of The City of New York, and works extensively in NYC while consulting for clients in and out of state.
    John also oversees mechanical installations and maintenance for metro-area clients with his family's company, Gateway Plumbing and Heating along with his brother/business partner.
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