a day at Santa Monica

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  1. shaunly

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    Just upgrade from D40 to my new D90, so I took this baby out for the weekend.
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    #1 - Doesn't really do anything for me...looks like a random shot.

    #2 - It's an interesting shot. Tricky exposure. The little thing on the right edge is bothersome.

    #3 - The horizon is almost in the middle of the image and is tilting a bit to the left. Image may have worked better if you shot it from the eye level of the girl on the right, placed the horizon lower in the frame and watched the background for distractions (the tree right in front of the girl's face).

    #4 & #5 - The colors are nice but the horizons are almost in the middle of the frame and both are tilting to the right. Sun is almost right in the middle of the frame too. Composition Tips.
     
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    Have to go to Santa Monica myself one day and compete with your photos:)
     
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    How do you like the new camera? It looks like it takes some good quality photos, although larger versions would be better for detail. Did you push the saturation on the color of the first? I'd agree with most of Sam's critique, but the central composition of the sun in the photos isn't always a bad thing. However, I would limit the amount of underexposed area in those shots. Keep shooting, I'd like to see more of what your camera can do.
     
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    thanks for the tip. I'll make sure I keep that in mind the next time I shoot.

    yes! a little friendly competition =P

    Loving it so far, although I took some shots @ 300mm in pretty low lighting and I thought it could be better, but I guess for the price can't complain. Here's the link to my flickr for higher resolution pictures. Flickr: shaunly517's Photostream some of the pictures on there are from my D40.
     
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    You don't have to follow rules all the time.

    I'll take an excerpt from what Ken Duncan says;
     
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    True, the 'rules' are actually only suggested compositional ideas that are meant to help people take better pictures and they don't always work in every kind of shot. But in order to break the rules I think it's important that the shooter knows what the rules are in the first place and has some idea of what good composition is. Then if the shooter chooses to center the horizon and the rising/setting sun it's because the shooter made the conscience choice to do so and not because that's just the way he/she shoot everything.
     

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