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Took a trip out to Betws-y-coed yesterday with Adam (Sherlob)
This was the first time for me to photograph streams and waterfalls and has a learner i would appreciate any comments good or bad to help me improve.

Kind Regards
Gordon

Camera:Fuji S9600
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Fairy Glen
Username:gorhug gorhug
Uploaded:7 Nov 2008 - 8:55 AM
Tags:Betws-y-coed, Fairy glen, Landscape / travel, North wales
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glyndwr
glyndwr  666 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 9:02 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello Gordon, I must say your photography is improving fast, good on you.
Probably the best suggestion I can make is to take water shots on an overcast day, that way the Fuji will cope better with the water exposure. On a bright day like this I find the extremes of exposure difficult, on way you may see a difference is to take two images, one exposed for the high lights and one for the low lights. Check out the epz tutorials for one on blending, if you can't find one send me PM.
Good luck.

Robert

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jdenman
jdenman  5 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 9:10 AM

Like the composition and colours, the exposure is a little bright on the water but could be toned down using a burn tool on it.
John

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cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 7cheesey vcard United Kingdom
7 Nov 2008 - 9:58 AM

Lovely Autumn colours and composition.
Cheesey.

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jondee
jondee  5 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2008 - 10:00 AM

a nice autumnal image.
john

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f11digital
f11digital  1174 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 2:41 PM

Like the autumn colours and composition, just the water burning out that spoils it, but very good effort none the less. It's one of my favourite places in North Wales Smile

John

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Techno
Techno  5932 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 1:20 PM

Excellent shot really if you are an improver, some very sound advise being offered here
Mal

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 5:43 PM

nice shot of one of my fav places, I agree with the above, but as a beginner myself, not one to critisise, I have not tried these water shots yet so well done I say.
Linda Smile

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joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 6:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

On the plus side, the composition works very well. Using the foliage to frame the water is a great way to direct attention to the subject.

However, as someone else has already pointed out, this sort of image works better on an overcast day when the light is less contrasty. In sunny conditions, you risk blowing out the highlights (i.e. turning them pure white) as the exposure range from dark to light is more than your sensor can cope with.

The other point to watch with long exposure shots of water is that it is very easy to blow the highlights even in overcast conditions. Generally, it is best to meter from the whitest part of the water and adjust the exposure compensation to around -1.5 to -2.

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 7Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2008 - 2:01 AM

A pretty scene, nice colours. Good advice about the light, and you may have oversaturated a bit.
Brian

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steve_r
steve_r e2 Member 6steve_r vcard England
9 Nov 2008 - 10:08 AM

GOOD SHOT. Good Autumn colours, good composition, good advice about the exposure compensation. well done this being your first at this type of shot.
Regards Steve.

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sillygirl
sillygirl  5 Sweden
9 Nov 2008 - 4:00 PM

Great shot i like the composition. Itīs not easy taking photos thats for sure, but you got some good advices above. Smile
Marie

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gorhug
gorhug  6 England
9 Nov 2008 - 6:29 PM

Thank for all who took the time to have a look and i appreciate the constructive comments.

Regards
Gordon

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mhaseman
mhaseman  7608 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2008 - 8:49 PM

Lovely composition and colours. It's been already said about the burnt out areas so I'm looking forward to the next version. Cheers, Martin

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Pegon
Pegon  878 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Nov 2008 - 4:23 PM

Great colours and nicely composed. Excellent advice off joolsb.
Pete.

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 - 4:26 PM


Quote: A nice autumnal image.
john

i totally agree.
peter

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 6135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
21 Nov 2008 - 7:16 PM

Beautiful colours, lovely shot

Nicky

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tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 830 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2008 - 6:01 AM

Nicely composed shot. I too would recomend setting your camera on a tripod and taking a shot exposed for the foliage and taking a few more exposures at say -1 and -2 Ev. Make sure your camera is set to Aperture priority or manual and adjust the exposure by altering the shutter speed not by changing the aperture. When you look at the under exposed shots the foliage will look very dark but don't worry as you will only be using the water from one of these images.
In photoshop open the two images and place the image with the correctly exposed foliage on top of the darker image by selecting the lighter image ( Ctrl + A ) ,copying it to clip board ( Ctrl + C ) and then click on the darker image and paste the lighter image onto it ( Ctrl + V ) and then use the eraser tool to carefully rub out the burnt out water to reveal the correctly exposed water from the image below.
I hope this is of help to you and also as has been said above it helps to take these type of images on dull days.
Ted

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MRSbiscuit60
25 Nov 2008 - 8:41 PM

wonderful shot and colours

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Adrian_Reynolds e2 Member 9201 forum postsAdrian_Reynolds vcard Scotland
26 Nov 2008 - 12:38 PM

Beautiful colours in this scene, Adrian

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