I'm looking for advice, comment, suggestions, opinions, and any other things I may not have listed that can help my landscape photographs get to "the next level." I've currently got some landscapes that I think are good, I've got a few that a friend insisted on purchasing for his wall, and I've got several that lots of people "like" on Facebook (take that with a grain of salt).
I'm having trouble describing what I want out of my landscapes. I guess I'm looking for the "pop" and wow factor, along with the crispness and perfect color with just the right amount of highlights and shadows. When I peruse the photo sharing section of POTN I see a definite difference between my photos and the photos of some members. One user that comes to mind (mainly because of his Vader avatar) is jdizzle; but he isn't the only one.
I'll go ahead and post a few of what I think are my best from Flickr just so you can see what have. I'm looking for all kinds advice that can help me improve. Do I need more filters, if so what. Do I need to change up some camera settings? Am I reaching the limits of my kit lens? Have I missed focus slightly or am I getting diffraction with my lens? Am I missing something with my post processing (I have Lightroom 3.5)? Anything at all.
I do have a good tripod, a remote trigger and a HiTech 3-stop ND with a Cokin P holder. I routinely use live view 10x to focus.
One thing to note: I'm not on a calibrated monitor, so my colors may look a little funky to you.
This is one of my favorites. Its got a little too much pink on my monitor, but I have it as a 16x24 on metallic paper on my wall and its awesome.
ISO 100 18mm f/22 1.0 sec
20110806-IMG_8254.jpg by imsellingmyfoot, on Flickr
This is another favorite.
ISO 100 18mm f/14 4.0 sec
[IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com .../61875474@N06/6233461344/]
sunset (1 of 1) by imsellingmyfoot, on Flickr