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Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2021 8:28AM
I love images like this with the softness that works so well with the subject. Add the choice of black and white and it all comes together. Great job.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2021 8:42AM
It's a lovely composition, and a strong b&w conversion. Is the extreme softness deliberate? I would like to see the riverbank walk in focus. (There may be stability or focusing issues, or both, involved.)
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pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
19 Jan 2021 5:06PM
Hi. I see your lovely framing of the scene suffered from what I suspect to be a focusing mistake. The camera has four focusing options (three auto and one manual) and the focusing button itself is on the top right side of the camera body. Enjoy your photographic journey!
19 Jan 2021 7:34PM
Thank you very much for your comment- I am still getting used to the Lumix DC-FZ82, really pleased with it so far. Any advice is greatly welcome - thank you again.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2021 5:46PM
Marg, you haven't mentioned whether the extreme softness is deliberate. If it's not, nothing in the image is in focus and it could be one of two problems or a combination of both.
It could be camera shake. Your shutter speed looks OK, but it's important to hold the camera firmly with both hands, body braced, elbows tucked in, feet slightly apart. I think you have a viewfinder - use it, rather than holding the camera forward and composing on the screen, because it means that the camera is braced by five points - face, hands and elbows; rather than floating free supported by wobbling elbows.
Secondly, focus. You used a program setting, which may well have given you a pattern of focusing points across the screen. This can be catastrophic and should be avoided - you need to ensure that you are using a single focus point, placed over the area that you want to be in focus - and think carefully about where that is to be. Here I would focus on the grass between the two foreground trees.
As you are getting used to a new camera, you could consider ticking the critique wanted box when you upload to the gallery - that will disable votes and awards but put the upload in the Critique Gallery as well as the main gallery and you will get the services of the Critique Team who can assist you in the learning process. It's all part of what the site has to offer.
20 Jan 2021 6:34PM
Moria, the softness was deliberate, the picture was also taken on a cold frosty foggy morning - the pond was frozen over, I was trying to portray all the aspects of coldness in the picture .
I am not new to photography, its the camera that's new. I will revert back to my other camera before posing any more pictures.
I welcome your views - thank you

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