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Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-50mm f/2.8 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Aug 2011 - 11:48 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Welcome to Days Gone By
Username:1nikongirl 1nikongirl
Uploaded:19 Aug 2011 - 5:57 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 8:06 AM

A very nicely composed local study: if only gates could talk, the stories they might recall.
Ronnie.

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CathR
CathR  7138 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 10:06 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree with Frank( Focus Man) Brenda. It's potentially an interesting scene and I can see why the gate caught your eye. You have made it the focal point of the shot but it is always necessary to see what else is going on in the shot. The logs on the right catch my attention because they are intruding into the scene and are out of focus. If they had been sharp they might have blended more into the overall scene. With an aperture of f2.8 even though you have a shortish focal length of 18mm you have to be ever so careful about what will be in focus and what will not. I agree with Frank that f8 would have been a better option.

I also agree with him about the position of the gate. Open gates invite you to come inside and have a look around, whereas here I am a little frustrated that I am not able to look what lies beyond.

Hope this helps

Catherine

Last Modified By CathR at 19 Aug 2011 - 10:06 AM

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1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
19 Aug 2011 - 3:24 PM

Thank you so very much Frank! I greatly appreciate all your advice. It has truly helped.
I am going back to retake this shot today, using all of your advice.
Again thank you so very much. Smile
Brenda

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1nikongirl
1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
19 Aug 2011 - 3:39 PM

Hi Catherine,
Thank you for taking the time to offer your help. I greatly appreciate it and I welcome it. I am going back to retake this shot. using all of the advice that you and Frank have offered. I will also see if the gate can be closed, or maybe I could shoot it from a different angle.
Again thank you so much Catherine.
Brenda

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ams99
ams99 Junior Member 265 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 3:53 PM

The advice from Frank and Catherine is always good and they have helped me understand more the basics of photography.

Although they both agree about the composition of being able to look through the gate i quite like the composition as it is. To me it offers intrigue as i can't see what is behind. Obviously an opposing viewpoint. However, you would be better advised to listening to Frank & Catherine as they know what they are talking about.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 5:01 PM

At 18mm, using f/2.8 you will have a total depth of field of 14.7 feet, 3.5 feet in front of the subject, and 11.2 feet behind, assuming you are 10 feet away from the subject. This shows any detail further than 11.2 feet behind the fence as an out of focus blur. You may very well want to have this in many shots, especially where you want for example to pick a person out of a crowded area and make everything blurred except your target.

Theres two distinct points being made here. Point one is that your lens, like every other lens, has a "sweet spot" for aperture where its sharpest, from centre to edge, and this is f/5.6 90% of the time.

The second point is that unless you really want the background out of focus, a smaller aperture (thats a bigger number!) will provide a deeper area front to back where the shot will appear sharp.

For example, If you had taken the shot from exactly the same position using f/8, the total depth of field would be from 6 feet in front of the subject to infinity (assuming 10 feet from the subject), and if you used f/5.6 it would be 5.1 feet in front of the subject to infinity. So I would try both 5.6 and 8 and see which you think is sharpest.

The comments re composition, open gate etc are spot on.



Heres a useful link for you to calculate your own dof:

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html


BTW, - where in Canada are you located, - Im in Oshawa, ON.




Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 19 Aug 2011 - 5:02 PM

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