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I saw this boat while on holiday in Turkey and this would the dream if the lotto came up

Brand:Canon 450D
Lens:18 - 55 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Turkish Holiday
Username:celticlive celticlive
Uploaded:27 Oct 2011 - 3:40 PM
Tags:Holiday, Landscape / travel
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Jestertheclown
27 Oct 2011 - 8:17 PM

Hi Clive and welcome fro me too.
I think that any softness in this Frank, has been caused by the uploading process. I've just opened it in CS5 and it looks good to me.
It's got quite a blue cast to it though. I've got rid of that, using "auto colour" of all things and I think that it's helped. Anyway, I've uploaded a mod. (without any sharpening) so that you can decide for yourselves!

Bren.

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Davesumner
27 Oct 2011 - 11:01 PM

Hi Clive and welcome from me also,

I see that there isn't much camera data but it does say you used a Canon 450D. This has the potential to be a really great shot but you have a few fundamental things that you could have done to help improve the shot. Also as Bren has pointed out, the image is blue which probably is a white balance problem but as you have no camera data or much of a description, we can only guess.

The main issue is the blue cast which can be fixed quite easily if you shoot RAW but if you are a beginner then this would need some research into how to process such an image. What it does mean though is that you can fix the white balance in post production but if you shoot JPEG it is just about set in stone although you can tweak it a little. Camera RAW is telling me that the whites on the boat are clipped which means they are over exposed so just keep an eye on this. Canon cameras of this era tend to overexpose very slightly and most people that I know drop the exposure compensation down 1/3rd or 2/3rds of a stop.

With regards to composition, most things that have the ability to move need somewhere to move into the image and your boat could be taken as moving out of the image. This is a bit like the joke "how far can you walk into a wood"? "half way because the rest is walking out of the wood" and this is the case with the boat here. To rectify this use the rule of thirds and recompose the image with the boat in the left hand third. Having said this you have managed to capture the water and the background about right and although the water is below the bottom third line, you would have lost the top of the mountains had you included more water.

The background is quite washed out and this is probably due to the exposure rather than it being mist etc. Also it is a little out of focus so a smaller aperture may have worked better to keep those mountains in focus.

I've uploaded a mod where I have added contrast to the image then added a thrid to the right of the image to get the boat on the left third. I then darkened the background and added structure to the shot to emphasise the water and midground more. I then cropped and sharpened. Please note the right side is cloned so there may be repeated patterns.

Hope this helps and keep posting.

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 27 Oct 2011 - 11:05 PM

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celticlive
28 Oct 2011 - 4:07 PM

Thanks for the comments I had just bought the camera and the photo was taken about 2 weeks after purchase, hopefully I will improve with time and all comments gratefully received Smile

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