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Milford sound - New Zealend

By Aaron_davy
Sunrise at the mouth of Milford sound, New Zealend

Tags: New Sunrise Sound Landscape and travel Milford Zealend

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Mike43 7 18 21 England
5 Feb 2013 9:08AM
Can see what you were trying to photograph, but sorry for me it just did not work out. Your main problem you shot almost directly into the sun which would have sent your cameras sensor haywire, that is why the light is flat and you have large burned out areas (Sky).
Probably if you had taken the shot a few seconds before or after the sun would have been behind the mountain you might have got the shot you were after.
But it is not all bad has your composition and the idea behind your shot is spot on, it is all to do with the learning from you mistakes.

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 12:31PM
Welcome to EPZ In order to get the correct degtree of help it is necessary to upload your EXIF as requested.

To me this has not worked as everything is blurred out and compositionally seems to me to be top heavy. I feel a little more sea allowed at the base would help here as well as a longer image, more likea 6:4 aspect ratio.

The logo is too eye catching as it totally unnecessary (I can remove it in 5 secs flat) If you must use one I always feel it is better being in a small font in a narrow border, somewhat subdued and most certainly out of ther picture area.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
5 Feb 2013 2:16PM
Welcome to EPZ Aaron.

This must have been a magnificent scene when you were there.

The image here is not great, and is difficult to rescue, and thats because, as mentioned above, the Sun was above the horizon, and shining brightly AT the sensor. For a Sunrise, or Sunset, you either shoot when the Sun is just below the horizin, - you can get some amazing light; or, use a neutral Density filter that will reduce the intensity of light in the upper part of the frame.

We dont know anything about your camera or settings, or if its a phone camera, so lets know the next time, or leave a note here. I have uploaded a mod to try to make something of it, - scroll up this page and click the modifications tab to see.

Hope this helps, and enjoy the site. Get some skateboarding shots too,


dudler Plus
14 690 1319 England
5 Feb 2013 2:43PM
Lots of good stuff above.

First, I entirely agree about the logo. Just don't bother. if someone wants to steal your pictures, they will, and they'll remove it. There's no benefit, and they almost always spoil the picture.

It is all slightly blurred. Without the EXIF data, it's hard to know why. Was it taken with a very long zoom lens without a tripod, perhaps? anyway, if you can let us know the exposure and so on, it will be possible to suggest specific changes to improve matters.

I don't think the composition is too far off, but the overexposure of the sky spoils things. Again, hard to know exactly what went awry without knowing some EXIF detail - but my experience is that you need to switch to manual exposure, or dial in around -2 stops of exposure compensation in this sort of scene.

Digital has the advantage that you can review the shot on screen - on many cameras, you can get the exposure histogram, and see if the exposure is disappearing off the end of the chart. You can then adjust exposure to correct this.

Generally, the rule is that it's better to lose a little shadow detail than highlight detail, though the picture content will dictate how much this applies.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
5 Feb 2013 5:25PM
Hi Aaron, welcome to EPZ! Grin

As you've clicked the 'Critique' button you are not allowed to receive votes, but what you will get is good, honest (in the opinion of the giver), constructive (usually helpful!) advice!!

I see you've already had a few critiques and to be honest there's nothing more I can add, except - I quite like the scene, I really like the 'layers' you've caught. Okay, the sun is probably too strong and the image slightly over exposed, but I still like it!! Grin

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work! Smile
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 9:34AM
Potentially a nice scene. loose the logo, which has the strongest black in the image. No EXIF means we cannot help much, but it looks like a slow shutter speed (loss of sharpness) and gross over exposure causing the loss of contrast and burnt out area. You needed much less exposure, three or 4 stops I think, to shoot into the sun like this. It is also dangerous, so be careful. Bright sun can permanently damage your eyes and will burn out camera sensors on long exposures.


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