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A shot of the pier at Weston Super Mare on a not overlly pleasent August day.

This is not my normal type of subject matter and and comments and improvement ideas are more than welcome.

Many thanks


Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 43.6 - 133.3 mm)
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Aug 2012 - 11:53 AM
Focal Length:34mm
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Metering Mode:Evaluative
White Balance:Auto
Title:Weston Super Mare pier
Username:SH87 SH87
Uploaded:27 Aug 2012 - 9:34 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel
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Focus_Man  5481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 9:51 AM

Hi Simon

I love seascapes and particularly those that involve old piers and by the way - happy new camera.

In this picture the horizon has a slight slope down to the left which is easily corrected (I presume you have some sort of software?). What is more worrying to me in your choice of settings for your new camera. You say you are a beginner so it would be advisable to take some time out to ready about the basics of photography as well as that for the logic of camera settings. As well as books on the subject the camera magazines like 'Digital camera' contain a wealth of good information which I reccommend you to read.

You see you have chosen an aperture of f29 which is certainly not required, f8 or f11 would have served you better as the extremely small aperture doesn't lend itself to the best results and also it determines the available range of shutter speeds available to you.

Your shutter speed of 1/200sec is fine but the small aperture has led you to need to employ an ISO rating of 640. It is best to keep this as low as possible, the lower you can go the better the result. Dropping from f29 to f8 would have enabled you to use an ISO rating of 100 which will always serve you well.

Finally, the result, whilst having a lot of potential, seems to be suffering from lack of sharp focus. I don't know how this came about given your 1/200sec with a focal length of 34mm (51mm with the old system) is perfectly adequate. I am wondering if you need to hold the camera even steadier than at present. You need to look at this yourself. Practice focussing 1/3 of the way into the area you wish to be in sharp focus, allowing 2/3 behind but always ensure that the near focus to the end focus point can be covered by the depth of field available at the chosen aperture. Then, most of all, practice holding your camera steady.

I hope this helps. I have uploaded a mod but I was unable to sharpen it up any more.


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Please don't take it personal, I don't like dull skies. This one though, this very (dull) day, has a good potential to explore. Colours are reflections of light and since in this case you had not much, most of you picture is grey. The only colour is on the beach which is 1/6th of the total height of the picture and on the tiny human figures.

Have you tried to see how it looks in Black and White?

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