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Just caught this one lucky.

Sun was low and breaking through the trees.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2013 - 3:33 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:Woodland Walk
Username:Keif74 Keif74
Uploaded:19 Feb 2013 - 2:10 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Woodland
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom844 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 3:08 PM

Your exposure was spot on. The correct use of spot metering here. A nice scene with good lighting but lacks a focal point for me. The track runs into the frame but nothing on it. Needs my standard figure down there, walking either way, maybe with a dog.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2803 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2013 - 5:51 PM

Does need a focal point as Paul mentions. For me, F/4 is not the best aperture to use to get sharpness front to back in this, and the far trees are quite soft as a result. Minimum f/8, and you have lots of room to play with in shutter speed.


For me its dull and underexposed, - and this can be because its an untagged image, - i,e you have not assigned the sRGB colour profile to it. Whats this means in effect is that all browsers apart from Firefox will not see the image correctly, and rather will see a brighter, more vibrant image that the original image actually is.

To make sure your images are tagged, if using photoshop, its edit, assign colour profile then select sRGB, then OK.


I have uploaded a mod to show what I mean. Its tagged, and should display exactly as Ive modified it.



regards



Willie

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41181 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2013 - 1:02 AM

I'm not too worried by the lack of a figure, but if you aren't going to have one, other things will be more apparent, Such as not standing in the middle of the track. With a subject it's not too bad, but it becomes the subject so it gets more scrutiny.

This is more an exercise in geometry and perspective, so it needs to be closer to perfect, for instance the rails are different heights and because of where you're standing, they enter different parts of the frame on each side.

Willie's already covered the colour space and slight unsharpness due to the aperture. If its going to be too slow, use something to rest on, preferably a tripod.

I have many of these shots, some work, a lot don't. The knack is finding what works without a main definable subject. Light goes a long way towards it, and this light is lovely.

Nick

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