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I thought this road was a good place to get a great image. I have now tried to capture an image twice and both times i have been disappointed with the out come .....so i would like to know what am i doing wrong ?.....how could i have done this shot better.....i have tried to work it alittle in lightroom but as you can see it is still not working. I did think the sun was ok but looking at this i was wrong ......any comments welcome ....cheers Sam

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-r Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:sigma lens
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Nov 2012 - 4:50 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Long road
Username:Bloggs Bloggs
Uploaded:3 Nov 2012 - 9:15 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Bloggs
Bloggs e2 Member 3313 forum postsBloggs vcard England
3 Nov 2012 - 9:47 PM

Thanks Ian .... I can see what changes you have made but i think the main problem is the sun being to strong ....but yes it does look better thankyou for that .....Sam

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41267 forum postsSooty_1 vcard United Kingdom203 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 9:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Ok, several points.
1. You are using 1600 ISO which is really not the best for contrasty landscapes. Generally, the image quality deteriorates the higher you go, so better to use the lowest you can get away with. The high ISO amplifies the signal from the sensor, resulting in more noise, compressed contrast range and usually less definition. Better here to go as low as 400 or lower. Even at this aperture, you could have used ISO 200 and 1/100 sec for the same exposure. Which leads onto...
2. It's a little underexposed, but with the problem of very bright highlights. It's optimistic to think the dynamic range of the camera will get the very brightest brights and the very darkest shadows in e same shot. You have to decide which you want detail in, and expose accordingly. Here you could shoot two exposures, one for light tones and one for dark, then combine them in post processing. If you're not sure how to, there are many tutorials online showing you. A combination of the above two points.....
3. A tripod would be very useful here, as you could have as low an ISO and shutter speed as you like without moving the camera. It would also enable you to take multiple images at different exposures to see what works best, and if you need to combine images, they will be perfectly in register.
4. The sun is really bright and has fooled the camera into under exposing. Maybe try the picture without the sun in frame, or meter from another part of the scene that excludes the sun, and use that reading for your final shot. A little more exposure here would help.

As for the aesthetics of the picture, it's hard to see on my screen as its so dark, but if you can, try it again with the above info in mind. Whatever you do, you can check the histogram on the screen when you shoot, and adjust exposure to get the graph nicely distributed rather than this one, which I expect has massive peaks at each end. If you can't, you will have to combine more than one image.
(Waits for the dreaded HDR exponents to arrive...Tongue).

The aperture you used is fine.

Nick

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 9:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a lovely scene captured in good light. I've done a mod where I've lightened the shadows, burnt in the white sky, cloned out some wires and posts.
Looking at your camera settings you set a very high ISO so overall quality will suffer. the bush in the fore ground looks sharper than the distance even taking the slightly misty air in account, so the focus point may have been too near.
Ideally if you had used a tripod, a much lower ISO and a smaller aperture with a slower shutter speed a better image would have been possible. Use a lens hood or your hand to keep the sun off your lens.
If you can go back when the sun is low and warm and a cracking image is waiting.
Paul would want something/one in the frame so take a dog and have it running down the lane! I personally fine the composition good as it is.
Ian

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3 Nov 2012 - 9:56 PM

Looking at Ian's mod, I would suggest stepping forward slightly, which will move the tree off centre to the left improving composition and hiding the building. There is a good picture here, you just need the light in the right place and a few tweaks to composition.

Nick

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Bloggs e2 Member 3313 forum postsBloggs vcard England
4 Nov 2012 - 10:31 AM

Phew alot to take in here guys !!!...Many thanks for your time and efforts here it is very much appreciated. I have been thinking about this shot for awhile and where the sun is to get the right effect and i thought yesterday was about right !!!.....But the strenght of the sun was to strong and i think that shows by the fact that the camera choose 1600 iso !!! .....lol..i am very much a learner at this photography game (as you may have noticed) but i'm having alot of fun getting to know the ropes.
I did use a tripod and i did take the shot using different exposures but the shot you see above did seem to be the best one, the rest were way over exposed. I used the camera on "P" for the most part although i did take one or two in "AV" aswell, i change the position and tried to look at the shot from afew different angles to give myself more choice when i got home.
I am sure there is a great little photo to be taken here and i will be trying again, thankyou to both of you for giving your time and knowledge here , you have given me alot to think about regards Sam Smile

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