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25/08/2011 - 9:42 AM

The Taj..

The Taj..a lovely classical viewpoint with splendid light & colours (a little leveling of the Taj horizon could improve the visual display, just a friendly opinion). How I wish the light was this good when I visited the Taj in late December last year as it was winter, cold & foggy!!Smile
15/08/2011 - 10:53 AM

Salford Quays 11pm

Salford Quays 11pmHi jase,
two possible ways:
1. before capturing, you can bracket the exposure & give more weightage to the light areas, so it will look less bright & the darker areas, you can always use editing to bring out the shadow details to balance the overall exposure;
2. after capturing (without proper bracket exposure as in this case), you can still recover some details of the bright areas in your post processing by selecting the burnt out area (with feathered edge) and reducing the mid-tone value so the bright areas will look darker with more pronounced detail & shadows (without affecting the other part of the picture).
It is always easier to recover details in the underexposed areas than the burnt out areas of the picture
Hope my friendly observations are helpful, best regards.......SmileSmile
08/08/2011 - 12:00 PM


PittsburghHi Louise,
I have used Canon G5 before (quite similar to your G6), & your photo could be improved by the following pointers:
1. the iso of G6 has a minimum of 50, but your iso is not displayed but looking at the noise in the sky, I suspect the value was 100 or 200,
the sensor size of the camera is small i.e. 1/1.8" for 7 mega pixels, so I would recommend sticking to iso 50 for night shots;
2. your f stop is 3.0, a little suggestion of using a smaller aperture like f5.6 or f8 to render sharper image, better depth of field focus & especially purple fringing which is inherent with Canon G5 & G6 when one uses large aperture like f2 or f3 for night shots....this you can see from the bright white lights of the building signs with blue edging.....f5.6 or f8 will minimise this effect;
3. your camera is capable of low shutter speed of 15 seconds, you used 2 seconds, so there is a window of opportunity of up to 3 or 4 stops you can benefit with either lower iso (50) & smaller aperture of f5.6 by using the 15 seconds speed. A word of caution, use a tripod & the camera's 2 seconds shutter release delay to prevent hand shake after engaging the shutter button.
Hope the above friendly observations are useful......best regards from Kuala LumpurSmile
24/07/2011 - 2:33 PM

A Flare for Hong Kong

A Flare for Hong Kongnicely disguised flare, it adds more dimension to the city skyline......a little more contrast would not hurt to bring out the buildings outline....just a friendly opinion, regards.