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I wanted to the show the nice Beach with the Mountains in the Background. A gradual filter was used for the Sky.
A Tripod would have been nice but I had no one with me.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Dec 2012 - 3:36 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Blue Sky
Username:phonocar phonocar
Uploaded:17 Dec 2012 - 7:29 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 10:17 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As this is the critique section I'll start with some basics you have portioned you picture with the horizon in the middle this should be either 1/3rd from the bottom or 1/3rd from the top this is called the rile of thirds and is used when composing 99% of images.
In you description you say this is a shot of a nice beach with mountains in the background, but the photograph is mainly sea and sky with only a small portion the subject (the beach). When composing the picture look through the viewfinder and decide what you want to photograph. Remember the camera sees everything not just the things you think are nice so think about what you will capture.

You have said you used a graduated filter to tone down the sky, but it still looks over exposed, I would suggest next time to also use a polarising filter to deepen the sky tone and silhouette the mountains more effectively. It will also control the reflections on the beach and allow more of the beach tones to be visible.

I have uploaded a mod which concentrates on the mountain and the sky. I have used levels to increase shadows and contrast. The crop also moves the horizon into the lower third of the shot putting the emphasis on the silhouette mountains and the clear blue sky.

I hop eyo find this advice helpful and you can use some of it to improve you photography.

Eric Grin

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iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 2:26 PM

Eric mod has transformed this image for me.
Ian

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phonocar
phonocar  1 Germany
17 Dec 2012 - 3:15 PM

Hey, thanks for your critique I will try to use your tips next time.
Sebastian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 5:47 PM

Yes, two main factors here. You need some kind of subject to focus the eye. There is nothing really thereto actas a main compositional point.

You say you used a graduate, but EXIF shows auto exposure. You really need to be on manual with graduates and expose for the foreground letting the filter, if strong enough, darken the sky. Even then, check the LCD and correct as necessary on manual, or with compensation if you must use auto.

Paul

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phonocar
phonocar  1 Germany
18 Dec 2012 - 8:08 PM

Ok I think yoou got me wrong, the gradual filter was put in after with LR. I dont have any hardware fiters. But I think to know what you mean with subject to focus the eye.
Or do you you mean any setting in my camera? I'm kinda new to this.

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