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It is midday, the color not much interesting. So after added contrast, etc. I change it to sephia and i added film effect provia. Actually provia not much giving different result. Maybe because provia is genetic from fuji. Am I right?

I am not satisfied with no clear detail on the trees above the boat. Maybe some blur because of the wind or maybe sun light? any comment and critique welcome. Thank you.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S2950HD
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jul 2012 - 11:23 AM
Focal Length:17.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:On The Lake
Username:arhab arhab
Uploaded:29 Sep 2012 - 10:22 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Transport
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41197 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 11:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Provia is a colour film, so converting to monochrome, the plug-in will have no effect whatsoever.

It looks to me like you are either shooting into really strong light, and/or your lens is dirty. The sort of effect water drops or fingerprints on the front element will have in causing flare and lowering contrast. That is really your problem here...a lack of contrast means you have to push what you have, leading to blocked up shadows and a lack of detail in darker tones. If the boat was closer, you would have more detail in it and less empty space at the bottom. However the real problem, and your lack of detail is down to lens flare and possibly poor lighting conditions.

If you have one, use a lens hood, if not, get one. Using it will cut down flare (scattered light entering your lens) and help protect the front of the lens.

Nick

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29 Sep 2012 - 3:09 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I wonder since I can't even see the palms of the people's hands why should you be able to see the leaves on the trees? Since the flora is dense, the detail would be lost in the darkness. I think you can crop the picture, just a bit form the top and think it of as a souvenir from the past. Well, if the mark on the right is die to dirty lens, you can think of it as a proof of rugged conditions, you 've been in the jungle Smile Now form the luxury of your home you can check if this mark is present in all your following pictures and give the lens a wipe with a clean cloth. If the mark wasn't it may had been a light mark, wasn't your camera equipped with a lens hood in the kit? No harm to have one if you shoot bright scenes.

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 4:24 PM

thank you Nick and pablo. yes at that time very bright and hot on the lake except near edge of the lake because under the shade of the trees.

and about the mark on water you are guys right. the lens is dirty, actually i asked about it on my upload a few weeks ago, which the mark is on the same spot. i am thinking is overexposure but when i checked at histogram it is normal. so the problem answered now Smile

and yes i had cleaned the lens, and the mark not showing on my latest image Smile. and yes, i will get the lens hood since i now i know the function. i had google it to find the seller. thank you Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 6:10 PM

All said I think. You are at quite a long focal length for a compact and at 1/60 I suspect a little shake. Your lens must have been very dirty to get a spot that big. If your camera will allow it, fit a Uv filter as a lens protector, then check and clean it often.

Paul

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Davesumner
30 Sep 2012 - 7:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello Muhamad,

Please accept my apologies but I'm going to be a bit straight to the point here.

I've read the comments above and they are very valid however, your point about the leaves not being sharp, well I think you are just asking a little too much. I think the problem here is one of composition and thinking about the shot before you press the shutter. I have a problem deciding whether you were shooting the ripples in the bottom left and the boat happened to passing by or whether you were shooting the boat and didn't quite frame it right?

There is nothing in the bottom 2 thirds of the image that needs to actually be there (unless of course you were shooting the ripples) and I would rather have seen more of the trees in the background than all of that water in the foreground. What I also find a bit confusing is why you took this at 17mm when according to the tech specs you could have gone to 90mm in your lens range and closer to the boat would have been a lot better I think. I would suggest that you plan your shots a little bit further in advance where possible and think about composition and what is in the background before you hit that shutter release. I know at times this isn't easy but practice makes perfect and looking ahead will give you a little more time to react.

I've uploaded a mod which has been cropped, lightened and sharpened a little but it is a small file already so there isn't much that can be done with it.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 30 Sep 2012 - 7:40 AM

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 1:54 PM

thank you Paul, dave. i intend to take the boat. i do not know why i am not zoom to the boat at that time. i guess that because of the lack of me. and at that time i still adapt with the camera since i just had it for a week Smile. i will keep practice.... Smile

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