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This windmill still turns in the Texas breeze.

I appreciate any and all constructive critique. I'm always looking for ways to improve my work.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 May 2013 - 7:40 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:WindMotor
Username:treedixon treedixon
Uploaded:28 May 2013 - 4:28 AM
Tags:Blue sky, Chicago, General, Metal, Sky, Texas, Windmill
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
28 May 2013 - 5:39 AM

A lovely image !!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 8:31 AM

Well composed image but looks under exposed. Done a quick mod. The histogram clearly shows under exposure so just corrected that. You are pointing the camera at a sun lit subject and sky. The camera will almost certainly under expose a touch.

Paul

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iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

I'll second Paul. Interesting and well thought out image. Exposure as Paul says, also judge from sky which is very deep blue even for that great Texas sunshine.
You can use the exposure comp, (say plus 1), on the camera or switch to manual exposure and meter something similar on ground to get your settings. This avoids having the bright sky fooling the camera into calculating exposure for a brighter scene.
In this case you needed the exposure correct for the wind mill, the sky has to look after it's self.
The camera has a bracketing feature which allows you to take, say three shots at three exposures so you can choose best later. Mainly useful for static subjects
regards
Ian

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2013 - 5:41 PM

Nice image. As a general rule, when pointing the camera skyward, add an exposure compensation of at least +2/3, and often +1. Paul and Ian have spotted it, and after w while, with experience you can see it yourself, but better still, you can check the cameras histogram view immediately after the shot, and see if its exposed correctly. With this, you would see right away its underexposed, so then use the exposure compensation setting, try +1, check again until youre happy.

In this case its a +1. The camera will stop down the exposure as it sees a lot of bright light, so it needs you to know its the sky, and correct it.

I have in the mods also uploaded screen shots of Adobe Camera Raw shwoing the original exposure, and the corrected exposure, which I used as the basis for the image mods.

Apart from exposure, there a little more contrast, and sharpening. remember to check you re sized image before uploading for sharpness, and adjust as needed.

Mod2 is a 16:9 crop that might make a nice print.


Hope this helps,


regards



Willie

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