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By PWalker
Sunny spring day on Spanish Point beach, trying to capture the motion of the waves

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
24 Feb 2013 7:01PM
Welcome to EPZ Peter.

Looking at your settings you have a few issues. Shutter speed is too slow unless you used a solid tripod, - needs to be at least 1/80 for this; the aperture doesnt need to be that small, - stay at f/16 minimum, ans any smaller can cause loss of sharpness; the white blanace has been affected by overexposure to the extent that its a little too cool. The image is soft, needs to be sharpened for uploadeing.

Ive uploaded a mod, - scroll up and click the modifications tab to see it. You caught some nice spray.

I have a blog for new members you might find useful, - just go to my home page a click BLOG at the top.

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PWalker 5 7 Ireland
24 Feb 2013 8:41PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for your helpful comments. I'm only a beginner at this and still have to get used to the various settings. thanks for your input on that.


Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
24 Feb 2013 9:43PM
Hi Peter and welcome from me too.

You'll soon get the hang of it.

I also use a D3100. It's a great little camera, once you've learned the way around.

Good luck.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2013 10:04PM
hello and welcome to epz.
the sea is a wonderful thing to photograph, constantly changing and moving, gives endless possibilities.

there are bits i really like about this shot, and bits im not so sure about so il try to explain.

banding the composition is fine, its difficult to do well direct facing the sea with no dioagonals what so ever but it can create contrast problems, the sky here being significantly brighter than the sea. the result is that the sky is brighter than it probabably looked at the time of taking, the best option with this is to use a neautral density graduated filter to hold back the brightness of the band of sky and even out the exposure to give you a better representation of what you see at the time.

given that you have this, i have to ask does it need the sky or could it be cropped off to concentrate on the sea.

using a foreground to link the front with the mid distance and into the distance is definately a good thing to do, but here the wet rocks with black tones and brightened by flecks of bright coloured seaweed are sinificantly more interesting than the dull rock on the base line and i wondered if you could have repositioned to use this black wet ridge more effectively.

although not a problem at all, the 55 mm focal length is an unusual choice for a sea scape, the wider end being used more often and easier to create the lead in lines which the wider angle tends to exagerate. similarly, the f22 setting is getting past the best zone or sweet spot of your lens and with a wider angle and a setting of f11 to f16 you may be happier with the results and in turn this permits a slightly faster speed if you are handholding which will make camera shake more avaoidable.

so i love the black wet rocks with sea weed, the spray breaking into threads above the rock, the rolling waves.

not so sure about the pale uneventful sky and the foreground rock

its not a bad shot, just showing you a different way to think it through

hope this helps.
PWalker 5 7 Ireland
24 Feb 2013 10:50PM
Hi Phil,

Thanks for your comments. I am only beginning to learn how to use the camera properly. I was standing on the edge of the rock as the tide was coming in so I couldn't reposition myself to use the wet ridge more effectively. I am looking through other photos that I got earlier and trying to think how they would look the way you suggested. As I said I am only beginning so not really sure how to properly post process the photos yet, but hopefully that will come with more experience.


paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2013 8:12AM

Not a bad effort and you are reasonably sharp for such a slow speed so must have a steady hand. Most things have been said. I would crop off all the sky as it is very bright and pulls the eye. Then a little less exposure as the detail is starting to burn out in the highlights. Digital does not like over exposure. If in doubt, under expose slightly. I have my Canons set for -1/3 stop for most shots. It is much easier to brighten an image in software than the opposite.


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