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When I saw this, I knew it was a photo opportunity, just dodn't know how to capitalise on it!

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Jan 2011 - 5:40 PM
Focal Length:38mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Could've been a good shot...
Username:Bit_Blurry Bit_Blurry
Uploaded:8 Feb 2011 - 8:24 PM
Tags:Boat, Landscape / travel, Palm tree
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Jestertheclown
8 Feb 2011 - 10:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Chris,

What's happened here is that your camera's meter has exposed for the sea and sky because and left the rest underexposed. There's still some detail in there, it just needs a little help.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've just made a simple adjustment using the shadows/highlighhts tool. Nothing more sinister than that.
Fortunately the background's not blown anywhere so I think you'll get away with it.
I've just noticed though, that the horizon's not straight.

Hope this helps,

Bren.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2945 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2011 - 10:51 PM

Its the time of day, - not now, - but back when you took the shot.


Theres that old rule about before 10AM and aftr 4PM for shots like this and it applies here. You are essentially shooting into a super bright sun scene, - so earlier in the morning, or late in the evening would give you. Bren has explained the effects of shooting into a bright light very well. Another caution by the way, - you can damage your eye, - and your cameras sensor pointing into the sun.

As Bren points out, horizontal horizons are all the rage in photography. If you camera had a third guide that you can actuvate to place on the viewfinder or LCD, it will help keep things straight.


Hope this helps



Regards



Willie

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DitoInacio
9 Feb 2011 - 1:24 AM

Nice shot, beautiful place!

regards

Dito

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2011 - 8:14 AM

I wouldn't change the exposure. It needs the sea and sky to be correctly exposed and the rest near silhouette. You are right - a great opportunity and you are close. Just use your legs as a zoom and move so that the main tree is on the right third - as it leans to tthe left. If you want the result to be faithful, that's all. To improve composition even more - reverse the image with the tree on the left third.

Paul

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Bit_Blurry
9 Feb 2011 - 8:48 AM

Thanks all, very much appreciated.
I think I metered off a patch of grass to the left of the image, although I can't quite remember. I'm a complete novice to manual shooting and can never quite remember which rule I'm supposed to following from my "Understanding Exposure" book!

To be fair, I couldn't really change much on the composition, it was taken from a small turn-off from the main road. There was actually quite a drop in front of me so there was very little scope for movement. In all honesty though, it wouldn't have made a great deal of difference if I could have moved around, composition is an absolute Black art to me at the moment!
I've only just discovered the rule of thirds, so I'll be trying to keep that in mind from now on, I shall also have a go at flipping the image to see if I can and how different it looks.
I didn't realise that the time of day would really apply to a beach type shot, but I can see now that it obviously does. Again, though, it was a snatched opportunity as we drove past although it would've been nice to capture the sunrise or sunset there (whichever it would've been)
I've enabled the grid on my camera since reading about the rule of thirds, which will also hopefuly help with my horizons (it's very rare I get one straight, I just don't seem to "see" them?)

Thanks for the upload Bren, I do like it. I will have a play with the exposure settings to see if I can replicate yours, and also to see how it looks in near silhouette as that sounds an intesting possibility.

Thanks again,

Chris Smile

Last Modified By Bit_Blurry at 9 Feb 2011 - 8:49 AM

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Bit_Blurry
9 Feb 2011 - 11:27 AM

Thanks Frank, your mod and advice are greatly appreciated.
Composition is probably my main hurdle at the moment, I just don't have an artistic bone in my body. Once I've get a better feeling for that, I can start trying to jump everything else!

Cheers,

Chris Smile

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