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Splashing around!

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Ok guys. Need your help Tongue
Wrong in so many ways but there is still something about it i like.
Just can't get to grips with moving subjects.
Always shoot in aperture priority, but for this put it in sport mode.
Know i need to have a go at shooting in shutter priority.
Any constructive critique welcome as always Grin

Kathryn

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P510 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Jul 2012 - 2:25 PM
Focal Length:180mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Aperture:f/5.9
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:720
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Splashing around!
Username:kathrynlouise kathrynlouise
Uploaded:2 Aug 2012 - 8:50 AM
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phil1963
phil1963 e2 Member 2264 forum postsphil1963 vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 - 9:12 AM

Looks good to me KathrynSmile what do you feel is wrong with it?

Phil

Last Modified By phil1963 at 2 Aug 2012 - 9:13 AM

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 9:20 AM


Quote: Looks good to me KathrynSmile what do you feel is wrong with it?

Phil

Hiya Phil. First attempt at trying to get the ducks in motion. I can't put my finger on it, maybe its just me Tongue

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troosers
troosers  2 Scotland
2 Aug 2012 - 9:27 AM

Hiya Kathryn, I am only a beginner myself, and I myself was never that happy with any of my motion shots. Advice given to me was use as fast a shutter speed as I could and shoot on continuous. If you shoot on continuous then you have more chance of picking one picture that is more pleasing to you, if you are only taking the single shot then a lot of luck comes into play there. Hope this Helps. Good luck and may you be happy with your future pictures. Smile

Regards Donald.

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 9:37 AM


Quote: Hiya Kathryn, I am only a beginner myself, and I myself was never that happy with any of my motion shots. Advice given to me was use as fast a shutter speed as I could and shoot on continuous. If you shoot on continuous then you have more chance of picking one picture that is more pleasing to you, if you are only taking the single shot then a lot of luck comes into play there. Hope this Helps. Good luck and may you be happy with your future pictures. Smile

Regards Donald.

Hi Donald. Normally i'm well pleased with what i take and thanks to the guys on here i'm moved from beginner to enthusiast Grin
I love this site, its been an immense help to me and i wouldn't have improved as much as i have without it. I've had a few user awards which is a huge boost that i'm going in the right direction and a massive confidence boost.
With this i'm pushing my boundaries and leaving my comfort zone Wink

Kathryn

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Jestertheclown
2 Aug 2012 - 12:59 PM

I think that you've frozen the movement well enough Kathryn.
One of the problems with it is that the flying droplets tend to obscure the overall effect. Taking a burst and selecting the best one might have overcome that.
The other thing is that the highlights are blown. I'm guessing that the camera has been unable to expose for the bright splashes and the darker background at the same time.
It's easier said than done with a shot like this but you would be better off exposing for the highlights, even if you have to anticipate them, and getting the shadows back using software.
Otherwise, it's a fine shot.
Hope this helps.

Bren

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NDODS e2 Member 33150 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
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Please do not fret, I think you have done remarkably well, capturing these type of images perfectly is like trying to get all the Numbers plus the bonus number on the National Lottery. However by carefully studying and watching their behaviour, you get an opportunity to be one step ahead of them. This provides you with a better chance of capturing them just the way you want to. The way in which I 'try' to capture such images, is making sure I have set my shutter speed at anything above 1/250 second this will freeze the motion sufficiently enough without capturing unnecessary blur, However there is always going to be that factor of the water heading towards you, which if you are using Full Automatic or Av or Tv BBC, ITV, MBE, or any other option you may have the camera is going to try and focus on the incoming deluge. I personally make an Automatic focus in the general area of the splashing creature, then switch to Manual, and make a few short bursts. (Two-three images only) Do not get into the habit of rattling off 18-20 fps. Even-though digital is a throw away world, it will cost you in the long run.

Regards Nathan

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banehawi Critique Team 10849 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2843 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 6:04 PM

Your camera has "scene modes'. One of them should be suited to high speed, or sports shots, so its one you should try with this type of shot, assuming you didnt use it here. The problem of course is you need to set the mode in anticipation of a scene like this. If you want control yourself, use aperture priority, then push the ISO up until you get a speed of 1/1000 sec, better to stop motion. The scene mode will essentially make sure your speed is fast.

The big issue though as mentioned is blown, or overexposed highlights, and Natahn uses a nice analogy for getting this right. The only way you can really eliminate blown highlights in the image, is to exclude them from the scene in the first place. This means not shooting in sunlight, but wait until theres cloud cover, but still decent light.

Bren suggest another approach, anticipating the blown highlights, and deliberately under exposing. If theres an exposure compensation adjustment on your camera, set it to -1. The darker image can have the too dark areas lifted in post processing, while the highlights may be OK, or less blown.


Hope this helps,


Regards



Willie

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 6:39 PM

Thankyou Bren, Nathan and Willie for all your comments. Will have another attempt on my next visit to the park Grin

Kathryn

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Good on yer!

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 7:13 AM

This is quite good and you have no problem with sharpness - everything that needs to be sharp is. Your problem s that you are at least a stop over exposed. The dark water has influenced your meter to expose more meaning the whites have blown. I have - 1/3 stop exposure compensation set almost all the time on my DSLR's and bridge camera as slight under exposure is always easier to correct than any over exposure.

You needed about 1 stop less exposure here, then a bit of dodging to lighten where necessary.

Paul

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kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 7:19 AM


Quote: This is quite good and you have no problem with sharpness - everything that needs to be sharp is. Your problem s that you are at least a stop over exposed. The dark water has influenced your meter to expose more meaning the whites have blown. I have - 1/3 stop exposure compensation set almost all the time on my DSLR's and bridge camera as slight under exposure is always easier to correct than any over exposure.

You needed about 1 stop less exposure here, then a bit of dodging to lighten where necessary.

Paul

Hiya Paul. Thankyou for the comment Grin

Kathryn

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