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glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
7 Nov 2008 9:02AM
Hello Gordon, I must say your photography is improving fast, good on you.
Probably the best suggestion I can make is to take water shots on an overcast day, that way the Fuji will cope better with the water exposure. On a bright day like this I find the extremes of exposure difficult, on way you may see a difference is to take two images, one exposed for the high lights and one for the low lights. Check out the epz tutorials for one on blending, if you can't find one send me PM.
Good luck.


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jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
7 Nov 2008 9:10AM
Like the composition and colours, the exposure is a little bright on the water but could be toned down using a burn tool on it.
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2008 9:58AM
Lovely Autumn colours and composition.
jondee 9 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2008 10:00AM
a nice autumnal image.
f11digital 15 98 1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2008 2:41PM
Like the autumn colours and composition, just the water burning out that spoils it, but very good effort none the less. It's one of my favourite places in North Wales Smile

Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
8 Nov 2008 1:20PM
Excellent shot really if you are an improver, some very sound advise being offered here
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2008 5:43PM
nice shot of one of my fav places, I agree with the above, but as a beginner myself, not one to critisise, I have not tried these water shots yet so well done I say.
Linda Smile
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
8 Nov 2008 6:29PM
On the plus side, the composition works very well. Using the foliage to frame the water is a great way to direct attention to the subject.

However, as someone else has already pointed out, this sort of image works better on an overcast day when the light is less contrasty. In sunny conditions, you risk blowing out the highlights (i.e. turning them pure white) as the exposure range from dark to light is more than your sensor can cope with.

The other point to watch with long exposure shots of water is that it is very easy to blow the highlights even in overcast conditions. Generally, it is best to meter from the whitest part of the water and adjust the exposure compensation to around -1.5 to -2.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
9 Nov 2008 2:01AM
A pretty scene, nice colours. Good advice about the light, and you may have oversaturated a bit.
steve_r 10 England
9 Nov 2008 10:08AM
GOOD SHOT. Good Autumn colours, good composition, good advice about the exposure compensation. well done this being your first at this type of shot.
Regards Steve.
sillygirl 10 9 Sweden
9 Nov 2008 4:00PM
Great shot i like the composition. Itīs not easy taking photos thats for sure, but you got some good advices above. Smile
gorhug 10 England
9 Nov 2008 6:29PM
Thank for all who took the time to have a look and i appreciate the constructive comments.

mhaseman 11 608 1
11 Nov 2008 8:49PM
Lovely composition and colours. It's been already said about the burnt out areas so I'm looking forward to the next version. Cheers, Martin
Pegon 12 78 1 England
12 Nov 2008 4:23PM
Great colours and nicely composed. Excellent advice off joolsb.
18 Nov 2008 4:26PM

Quote:A nice autumnal image.

i totally agree.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
21 Nov 2008 7:16PM
Beautiful colours, lovely shot

tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
24 Nov 2008 6:01AM
Nicely composed shot. I too would recomend setting your camera on a tripod and taking a shot exposed for the foliage and taking a few more exposures at say -1 and -2 Ev. Make sure your camera is set to Aperture priority or manual and adjust the exposure by altering the shutter speed not by changing the aperture. When you look at the under exposed shots the foliage will look very dark but don't worry as you will only be using the water from one of these images.
In photoshop open the two images and place the image with the correctly exposed foliage on top of the darker image by selecting the lighter image ( Ctrl + A ) ,copying it to clip board ( Ctrl + C ) and then click on the darker image and paste the lighter image onto it ( Ctrl + V ) and then use the eraser tool to carefully rub out the burnt out water to reveal the correctly exposed water from the image below.
I hope this is of help to you and also as has been said above it helps to take these type of images on dull days.
MRSbiscuit60 10 224 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 8:41PM
wonderful shot and colours
26 Nov 2008 12:38PM
Beautiful colours in this scene, Adrian

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