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Feb 13, 2006 11:35 |  #1

Can someone give me some tips on how I could have taken this better. I mean, how is the composition, metering, focus, etc. Thanks. Trying to improve my landscape shooting ability, and I feel like I am feeling miserably. Thanks for looking.

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Feb 13, 2006 11:47 |  #2

To me the composition looks ok. Im not sure if the tower is straight but thats easy to fix. If your shooting a jet of water like this you will always struggle in these conditions, simply as there is hardly any contrast with the sky in the background. Other than waiting for more oppertune conditions im not sure how to solve that problem. And dont be too hard on yourself, granted im no expert but i think you have a nice eye for landscape shots and none ive seen have hugely missed the mark (unlike 50% of mine). Keep it up.


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Feb 13, 2006 11:54 |  #3

msad1217 wrote:
Can someone give me some tips on how I could have taken this better. I mean, how is the composition, metering, focus, etc.

I think the exposure is pretty damn good. Nice details in the clouds. Not sure you need much help there!

Its a nice shot, but it needs a little something.... more. Perhaps I would have tried walking to the right a little bit to get the water jets on the first third and the tower on the second third - trying to separate the two a little.

Then I would be tempted to edit the jets in Photoshop so that it looks as though you could see the top of them. I wouldn't try to make the jets and the tower the same height, I think that would look a little too contrived.

Hope this helps.


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Feb 13, 2006 12:22 |  #4

Thanks for the encouragement Adrian. I do think I am putting too much pressure on myself.
Yeah, a blue sky in the background would have been nice.

I see what you mean Tony, I shouldn't have centered the fountain. Always need to keep thinking about the rule of thirds. Maybe I need to get that rule of thirds grid for my viewfinder.


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Feb 13, 2006 15:08 |  #5

I think the photo is fine as is Manny. Suggested improvements might be to have positioned the people to the left of the central water fountain so that they led the viewers eye from front left to back right on the Needle (rather than everything being on the right-hand side. I'm also curious as to why you stopped down to f/2.8. Why so extreme?



  
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Feb 13, 2006 16:45 as a reply to  @ rudgej's post |  #6

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I think the photo is fine as is Manny. Suggested improvements might be to have positioned the people to the left of the central water fountain so that they led the viewers eye from front left to back right on the Needle (rather than everything being on the right-hand side. I'm also curious as to why you stopped down to f/2.8. Why so extreme?

Thanks John. About the aperture, I was shooting in M mode and wanted to shoot at a certain speed to freeze the water movement. When metering off to the right or left of the Needle, I set my speed to 1/250 and adjusted the aperture until my meter showed the correct exposure of f/2.8. I do this to learn about different kinds of set up, how the picture would look like if I adjusted the f/value to this or if I adjust the shutter speed this way. Basically just trying to learn to shoot in M mode more.


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Feb 13, 2006 17:50 as a reply to  @ adebass's post |  #7
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adebass wrote:
To me the composition looks ok. Im not sure if the tower is straight but thats easy to fix. If your shooting a jet of water like this you will always struggle in these conditions, simply as there is hardly any contrast with the sky in the background. Other than waiting for more oppertune conditions im not sure how to solve that problem. And dont be too hard on yourself, granted im no expert but i think you have a nice eye for landscape shots and none ive seen have hugely missed the mark (unlike 50% of mine). Keep it up.

I`m gonna second every word Adrian said , i couldn`t have said it any better.
The only thing i can see is the bright sky,but unless you stay there and wait , there is not much else you can do.


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