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sunrise over the Ugie

By mcginty
Taken with my new camera Nikon d 5000,on programme,i may be trying to run before i can walk.Do you think the silver shimmering should be toned down a little or would it be acceptable as it is.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 5:56PM
The silver shimmer is a creative interpretation which is acceptable. However it totally without any detail in parts, blown highlights. The shot is actually quite a difficult one for any camera to cope with. The bright reflection has caused the camera's exposure meter to be fooled. Check the histogram to see if you have any "blinkies" and take the shot again using a -ve exposure compensation. The shot also lacks sharpness, and smaller aperture (f8 and above) would have helped. This may also require the use of a tripod. Another accessory would be a circular polariser, as this would reduce the reflections.

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mcginty 9 1 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 8:04PM
Thank you mark for your comments,Iam not sure what you mean by blinkies.I spend many hours by the river estuary,all times of day and night.So desperatly need some info on where I am going wrong.Regards Val
27 Aug 2009 12:44PM
miptog has given you good advice above, use of circular polarizing filter can be very helpful to remove glare in such situations. always try to consult in camera histogram after every shot and avoid any kind clipping at either wall of the histogram because if there is any clipping at the right side wall you will lose detail in the bright area and any clipping at the left side wall means loss of detail at the shadow area and in that case you can take image again avoiding any such clipping and properly exposing by the help of +/- EV. you also have a problem with the lens because i guess there is something at the top right side of the image. i am giving you a link to better understand the histogram.

but the dynamic range of such situation can give you a result of clipping at each side of the histogram which means your camera can not hold the dynamic range of the scene. in that case HDR image can help you. you can shoot the same image by different exposure and combine them at the time of post processing.

the horizon of this image is not right. i have uploaded a modification here and straiten the horizon. raw image is better for post processing so i can not do better with this jpeg image. i have adjusted the curves at each color channel.

Hope it helps,
mcginty 9 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2009 3:52PM
Thank you so much for all the information and constructive comments,I feel I can learn more from members comments than I can in reading books.I have printed off the info on histograms and can study it at my leasure.Regards val
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 2:02PM
A very difficult shot for anyone Val. good advice above....Also always check your horizon is straight...nice attempt tho'

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