first attempt at the beach

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  1. Kimba

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    Took my son on a holiday to Syney and got some shots at the beach. Any ideas on making them better greatly appreciated.
    taken with a canon 500D

    #1 iso 100 50mm f/ 4.0 1/500 sec
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    #2 iso 100 50mm f/ 4.0 1/800 sec
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    Second one is great!

    First one needs more light on his face, you would likely need an off-camera flash for this.
     
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    #2 is really really good! Everything about this shot works for me.

    #1 doesn't really do anything for me. If the focus was on the starfish, the angle seems wrong, and the light a little too harsh on his palm. I agree that some fill flash on the face might help this a little bit.
     
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    #1 - I've seen similar shots done a little differently and they really stood out. Get down to eye-level of your son, have him extend his arm all the way, get close and focus on the starfish. You'll get a shot that has the starfish as the main subject with everything else out of focus but you'll still know it's your son holding and observing the starfish.

    #2 - Nicely done! You might want to try cropping the top a bit. And if you go back to the beach, try shooting this from a lower angle.
     
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    not bad for the first attempt!
     
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    Kimba, the second image is wonderful. Like the others, the first one really needed a flash to fill in the subject.
     
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    i see what you all mean about #1.
    I'm glad #2 was liked a that is one of my favorite shots of the day but also one of the simplest. Unfortunately i wont be heading back to Sydney for many years but when I do i will be sure to take photo's in the same spot as where my son is holding the starfish is the rockpools i played in when i was 5.
     

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