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By peterjay80
new camera, first shots, all comments please so I can set up properly.

Tags: Landscape and travel balcony view

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JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2018 12:33PM
Such a wonderful view but it looks hot!
Perhaps early morning or later in the day would benefit this shot as I think you are competing with a heat haze.
Thank you fr your comments Ju Smile

It is (and was) certainly very hot and as you say there is a lot of heat haze. I'll do as you suggest and over the next few days do early morning and evening shots of the same scene .

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2289 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2018 4:08PM
That's a really nice-looking camera, I've just had a look at the spec. It looks to be what I regard as sensible Trying to do important things and do them well, no over-ambitious zoom...

You used a program setting. I would suggest that you really check out aperture priority, trying a few different specific subjects. This doesn't really show the camera's full potential, there's no real subject and as Ju says the light wasn't helpful. Early morning and early evening are good!

Go out and have some fun experimenting!
And so much lighter than my previous.

Am very encouraged my your kind comments.

Will do I promise.

Kind regards
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2165 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2018 5:24PM
When you go out to shoot this scene again, Peter, try to avoid the bits of foreground foliage that are intruding into your frame, and are out of focus, because they simply act as distractions.

It looks like there is a building (chimney visible) in the bottom right, which you could possibly use as your foreground interest or focal point, with the rest of the scene as its background. This makes the image far more interesting if there is very little else in the scene.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4174 Canada
28 Jun 2018 8:21PM
Same cam as its predecessor but with a long zoom, and slower lens.

You used a P mode, - and the exif suggest that the camera might have bracketed exposures, suggested by the ISO showing 100,100. Could be wrong.

Either way, as mentioned, hazy weather reduces contrast a whole lot, though circular polariser filters help a lot. You cant use one on this camera though as far as I know, but could be wrong again!

I would think a smaller aperture would be essential here for a wide shot, though you are well zoomed in.

I would suggest you set WB to daylight, as the AWB makes this a lot bluer than it is; and in post processing, cropping to a 16X9 and some fiddling with contrast and white balance, plus sharpening, it can look better.

Mod uploaded


dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1735 England
28 Jun 2018 9:47PM
The light makes or breaks a shot like this - the advice to shoot early or late is sound.

But it's hard to keep your hands off a new piece of kit, of course!
To all of you kind people I must apologise for not having thought a little more (or at all) about the image. Each of you has given me a great deal of food for thought which is greatly appreciated. John is so right I was like a kid at Christmas, it was out of the box and on to the balcony.

Think before you click.

Kind regards and many thanks

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 707 England
29 Jun 2018 10:25PM
We've seen some really nice atmospheric images from your balcony Peter and while I can understand the eagerness to try new kit (I got myself a ringflash last week, for example) the light , weather conditions and time of day were never going to produce a scintillating image, let alone using a long focal lenght which would compoundim image quality (in those conditions).
At least Willie's mod shows what a little processing can do to create a fair record of the scene.
Thank you for the gentle reminder Keith and I apologise again for charging about like a bull in a china shop.
femape 3 Argentina
30 Jun 2018 2:23PM
Planos que se multiplican hacia el cielo. Muy interesante.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1735 England
1 Jul 2018 8:35AM
Peter, I was talking about me with new kit! (Continuing experiments with a Godox speedlight, causing frustration and occasional joy...)

And if we ever lose the sense of wonder and hte love of playing, then it's time to pack up and depart.

Maturity could, perhaps, be defined as understanding this, and enjoying the play of others, as well as our own. The world woudl be a better place if we all spent a bit more time barging around like bulls in china shops (except in china shops, of course...)
Nothing said by any of you was anything but good advice and I couldn't agree with you more - it's far too late for me to ever grow up. Happily it's got beyond the kids being embarrassed by me in fact No3 joins me Smile. I make no apology for playing, only for .unthinkingly intruding into the precious time of you and your colleagues on the Critique Panel.
Kind regards
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1735 England
1 Jul 2018 6:48PM
Don't fret, Peter!

It's always a pleasure (and usually instructive) to chat with you - on your pictures, on my pictures, or by message.

You bring a rare grace to the site, a courtesy born of kindness and experience, not of schooling and the demands of others.

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