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War Memorial

By louisemorrisonsty
Hey Folks.
Thank you all for the votes and comments on my previous uploads.
Ok, here is my first attempt at a landscape photograph with my new camera. I don't have a tripod so its hand held. I wanted to catch the shadow on the War Memorial and also the clouds. It was a bright day with amazing clouds. Really didn't know how to capture it best. So if anyone has any ideas to improve this shot, I'm listening. File is processed from RAW. Thanks guys.

Tags: Clouds War memorial Isle of lewis Landscape and travel Stornoway

Voters: Hardin, alansnap, davewaine and 18 more

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Hardin 11 Malta
3 Apr 2011 2:56PM
Wonderful sky
alansnap 17 577 26 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 3:14PM
Hi, this is a good first attempt, but it's neither a shot of the memorial nor of the sky. If you want to get the idea of space around the memorial you'll need to use a wider angle lens. What you've used is a fairly long lens even at its shortest focal length. I would suggest maybe about 30mm to give more sense of where the memorial is placed and also to show more of the sky and that lovely cloud.
davewaine 13 141 3 England
3 Apr 2011 3:53PM
Aha! A landscape! And not a bad effort either. You asked for suggestions, so here goes. It's a little bit dark, looking about half a stop underexposed. That can be cured very easily in processing, just by moving the Brightness slider a touch (increasing the contrast slightly might also help). Also the foreground is a bit too cropped because it makes the trees and the monument look as if they are on different land masses, which - presumably - they are not. If it can be reframed, I would drop the bottom of the picture just a little. Other than that, though, no problems. The sky is excellent.

I wouldn't worry too much about a tripod. The days when cameras were made of brass and weighed a ton are long past. As a general rule of thumb, as long as you keep the shutter speed numerically greater than the focal length (which would be 1/250sec on a 200mm lens) you should not suffer from camera shake. If your lens is an 'IS' (Image Stabilization) type, you can safely drop that speed to about 1/60sec. I believe that yours is. If you are still in doubt, I suggest investing in a monopod. This is, essentially, a tripod with two of its legs missing. The idea is that between it and your own two legs, you effectively make a tripod. Actually a monopod is much more suited to an autofocus camera than a tripod is. You will know how you half-depress the shutter release, to establish focus, and then hurriedly recompose before tripping the shutter. That is easy with a monopod, just a quick adjustment of your body. With a tripod, it's a much more complex operation. You can pick up a perfectly good monopod for about thirty quid, although you may need to add a tripod head to that before you can bolt your camera to it. Worth checking out.

3 Apr 2011 5:05PM
Great effort for an first attempt at landscape. Looking forward to seeing more........JIM.Smile
3 Apr 2011 6:25PM
You're a step closer than me Louise, a good effort and keep at it.

User_Removed 12 26 2 United States
3 Apr 2011 7:48PM
I'm no good at landscapes so I'll let the pros make suggestions, but it is a beautiful sky, Louise. Would love to see that memorial close up.
4 Apr 2011 10:19AM
Thanks guys for all the tips. Cant seem to get it right at the moment, but I will keep trying. Will go up the hill again another day and have another crack at it. Wont be today as its miserable outside and we are in for a gale tonight. Have to go and batten down the hatches. Grin
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
8 Apr 2011 12:32AM
Lou, how are you,great to see you experimenting,
One of the lads above mentioned the foreground,,,you need to give it a little more there.
The clouds,,love it.
First time landscape,,get someone to path you on the back,,very nice.

Ps,mono pod,,dead handy,(most of mine are hand held)

Vince52 11 Wales
30 Apr 2011 5:00PM
Lovely image, as already mentioned a great shot for first time effort. Well done.

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