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Helter Skelter

By Acorna
Taken at Paignton Carnival Fair. I had to play with the levels as there was quite a bit of ambient light about.

Comments/Critique very welcome as to how you would have taken it or changed it.

Thanks in advance

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tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
23 Jul 2012 8:27AM
Seems you did just fine. The image is clear, uncluttered and powerful. These carnival rides are not easy to get just right. I've tried it. Yours is pleasing. TG

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 9:54AM
Not bad for a night-time shot, but cannot help feeling that a portrait format would suit this better. I would like to see more to the top and also the bottom - leaving that half door frame in view doesn't, IMHO help.

EXIF shows an aperture of f5 and a shutter speed of 1/20 sec, I don't know whether or not you used a tripod, (if you didn't then you did well) but a tripod with a much smaller aperture would have obtained better coverage of focus from top to bottom of the helter-skelter.

You state you do not want a DSLR because you can't be bothered with the lenses, as you seem to run a business "Ray Hines Photography", you will soon discover the need for one or two and if you couldn't move far enough back with what you had available, maybe an extra lens might have helped.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 10:39AM
Certainly a very good attempt, which would benefit greatly from those mods and suggestion so kindly offered by Frank.

Regards Nathan
Acorna 6 4
23 Jul 2012 10:42AM
Thanks Tony, appreciate the comments.

Frank, I'm not running a business, that's just a copyright signature. As for the other comments I appreciate the feedback. There was more room but I wanted to get the different angle. Getting the top and bottom would probably have been possible if I'd got down very low, but with my back and legs that's not always an option. Smile I had a mono pod with me but I think this shot was hand held. Thank you for the technical comments they are very much appreciated.
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:01AM

Quote:Frank, I'm not running a business, that's just a copyright signature.

It doesn't state 'copyright' but anyway, I think you know my feelings, everybody in EPZ realises photographers own their work and wouldn't steal one even if it was worth stealing. Such things are easily cloned out and it does give the impression of a running a business.

Anyway it is your choice, I am just letting you jnow my feelings in line with critique. Thanks for the feed back, it is nice to know that comments are read and taken on board.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
23 Jul 2012 6:40PM
Its a nice enough shot. I would have tried to include the full height if possible, with a shorter zoom or moving further back, and placed the building more to the left, otherwise nice quality, especially with such a slow shutter speed, and ISO 100. The on board flash fired, but its not likely to have added any light to this due to size and distance; the power and range of an on board is quite low. But it worked, and thats whats important.

After typing the above, I noticed your response re leg, etc, so never mind...


Acorna 6 4
23 Jul 2012 7:31PM
Thanks Willie, your comments have been taken on-board. The flash would have been my Neewer TT560 Speedlight, not sure what setting it was on though.

Frank, we'll agree to disagree about what is and what isn't a copyright signature. You are the only person ever to make a connection between it and my being a pro (which I most definitely am not). Grin Other than that your critique was appreciated.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 7:48AM
A perfectly good image well seen and well taken. Bridge cameras are now very good indeed, although you mention an external lash, which adds to the load. I have recently bought a Canon Powershot SX40HS which I find myself using more than my DSLR's, of which I have several.

I think the bridge camera works well for general photography - as good as a DSLR, and I have already had work accepted by libraries from it - the 35X (840mm) zoom is amazing as is the image stabilisation. It gives even better results on a monopod or tripod, but you are back into carrying gear.

What is fails to do is have the speed of operation of the DSLR. There is a continually tiny shutter lag and time to save the image - tiny, but there is none at all with a DSLR. Thus for fast moving subjects and for macro, the bridge camera is limited, but it depends what you shoot. I find, when shooting my grand children in action, the camera struggles to keep up.

I will, however, much to my wife's delight, take the bridge camera on our next foreign holiday rather than a DSLR.

tonyguitar 6 62 37 Canada
24 Jul 2012 8:57AM
Paul, I too have a 'bridge' camera. A Kodak Z980. Surprisingly good at times, but as you suggest, slow at times too. Not good for bird flight at all. Very good for lots of other images though. The Panasonic is supposed to be the best image quality. I wonder about the new Kodak Z990. The price is so low it is tempting. TG

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