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Help!

This is a terrible shot...not the composition so much, but the grainy bleached look in not what I was hoping for.

I am guessing it's the ISO setting?

Many thanks

Julie

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 Aug 2012 - 1:03 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:If you go down in the woods....
Username:juliewhite juliewhite
Uploaded:1 Sep 2012 - 7:09 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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juliewhite
1 Sep 2012 - 7:11 PM

mrswoolybill...I thought I had understood but obviously not quite there yet Grin

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howdog
howdog  625 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 7:04 AM

When i go out and if i have the time on the same shot, i have a play with the iso and other settings Smile
Iain

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 11:40 AM

It's not the ISO, 200 is fine and should not show any reduction in picture quality with you camera. I would not describe this image as being grainy.
There is a big difference between the shaded area amongst the trees and the direct lit pond. Did you lighten the shadows on the computer? Or maybe use a wide dynamic range setting or filter on camera? More contrast and toning down of bright area is required.
Its not your normal camera settings but the light that's the problem.
It's a good composition and I feel cropping of a bit at boottom would improve.
Hope you get more advice on this one, regards, Ian

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 12:13 PM

I've done a fairly gentle mod, Ian

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juliewhite
2 Sep 2012 - 12:53 PM

Hi Ian, thanks for your help.

I have looked back at my original photo and I hadn't modified in any way. Which surprised me as I usual do like to see if there is anything to be done to improve.

Grainy might not be the best word but the best I can come up with is the 'depth of tone' does that make sense?

I like your modification as less is more quite often.

Thanks again to you and howdog

Julie

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1621 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 9:08 PM

I like the image, Julie, it's just a bit dark and lacks contrast.
In the depth of the woods, there may not be a lot of light, especially with overhanging trees.
In my modification I brightened the image, reduced highlights and lifted shadows. I then did a levels adjustment, cropped and finished by running the burn tool over the water. That isn't necessary really, but I do personally like the "depth" of the water. So I have also uploaded the one before the burning.
Pamela.

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juliewhite
3 Sep 2012 - 9:12 PM

Thanks pamela,

I like what you have done with the contrast. Now I need to get better aquainted with the digital world, so I am off to look up what the burn tool is and what it does.
There is soooo much to learn and do.

Thanks again for your input

Julie x

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