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One of my first pictures using ND Grad filter (0.6).

Camera:nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-105mm f3.5-5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sailorís Delight
Username:ThomasK ThomasK
Uploaded:10 Sep 2009 - 5:53 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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sbowler
sbowler  5 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2009 - 6:08 PM

Very nice.

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conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2009 - 7:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

With regards to the exposure you haven't badly at all, for a first time with grad filters. It's the composition that I think you could have improved.

Although the stones in the clear water provide some interest in the foreground (which may have been improved even further, possibly - did you think to use a polariser as well?), it looks like you had more options to choose from - there's some old wood in the immediate foreground that has been used only half-heartedly. I would have liked to have seen more of it. It would have been good to have improved the compositional balance between foreground, sky and the rather vast expanse of water in the image. Do you think you could have gone back a little, included more wood (without text, which slightly spoils the image for me, I really don't think you have to worry about image theft that much, so why not leave it out) and more sky? Maybe with a slightly lower viewpoint?

Last Modified By conrad at 10 Sep 2009 - 7:33 PM

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10 Sep 2009 - 8:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this shot and seeing how i'm rubbish at landscape won't try to bore you. I agree strongly with Conrad about the writing its far too distracting. Maybe first add a small frame and write on that for your copyright? Adding more wood would improve this shot but i think a shot just of the sunset agaist the trees would look better i might upload a mod to see what you think. This is a lovely shot overall however.
Scott

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ThomasK
ThomasK  4 Canada
10 Sep 2009 - 11:02 PM

Scott and Conrad, thank you. I agree with your comment re the (C) text at bottom (it's gone).

I do have a few more pictures taken at the same location form different angles (also taken on a different day). I would appreciate if you could have a look at it (I will post it tomorrow as my daily limit is up) and comment on the composition again. I have found it somewhat challenging to determine what is necessary and what is a distruction when composing my pictures. I think that I have just tried to shaw too many things at once.
Thanks again for your comments.

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conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2009 - 8:56 AM


Quote: I think that I have just tried to shaw too many things at once.

Oh, there's nothing against that, really, it's just trying to get the balance right that's difficult, sometimes. Never mind, practice makes perfect!

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ThomasK  4 Canada
11 Sep 2009 - 2:43 PM

Tks Conrad. I would appreciate if you could comment on the composition in the 2nd shot.

Thomas

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