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Walking on the beach at sunset I spotted these sandcastles and waited until some people entered the scene so I could use the sandcastles as foreground interest. I got down as low as I could to emphasise the foreground.

I'm not sure if I got the depth of field right, and wonder if the sandcastles should be sharper.

I would have liked the sunset to be more dramatic - but this was as good as it got on that evening.

I'd be grateful for opinions on this shot.

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:19 Aug 2012 - 8:44 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Watching the Sunset
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:2 Sep 2012 - 4:55 PM
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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2012 - 6:17 PM

If you wanted the sunset to be the main theme to your image, it might have been better to have focussed on the central larger sandcastle using a smaller aperture. The resultant increase in depth of field should have given you your sharp foreground whilst still maintaining contact with the people interest and giving you all the colours you went to see...

Looks to have been a superb evening - good viewing... Smile

Mike

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
3 Sep 2012 - 8:41 PM

Hi Mike,

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my shot.

Yes I see your point - I wish I'd taken more shots of the scene at different F stops.

Oh well your suggestion will stick in my mind and I'll remember the next time.

Thanks again

Elaine

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Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 10:55 PM

You are welcome Elaine - Just try to be creative at the scene and experiment with all the dials and buttons...not to mention lenses and their possibilities...most of all have lots of fun & enjoy Smile

Regards,

Mike

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banehawi Critique Team 10829 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2833 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 2:33 AM

Read up some more on depth of field. You do need a smaller aperture for sure, but you also need to know where to focus, and thats approx 1/3 the way into the shot to get front and back sharp.


Ive loaded a mod with exposure decreased for a better sky, removed that large piece if sane and cropped.

heres a good link well worth reading and experimenting with by entering your own camera. lens and aperture information to see what the differences are: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html


Hope this helps,



regards



Willie

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
5 Sep 2012 - 8:33 PM

Hi Willie,

Thanks for your advice and mod.

I agree totally, the shot looks much better with the large sandcastle in the middle removed.

The sky is an improvement too.

Thanks again for your help.

Elaine

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