First pictures.. Please C&C

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  1. eurytopic

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    I've been taking pictures as a hobby for a while now - but want to get a bit more serious about the art. I picked up a Nikon D300 and am using the kit lens from my old D70 (18-70mm). These pictures are from the first serious outing with the D300, a vacation to Cancun. Some photos are cropped, some have a bit of color correction done in iphoto. I also have Photoshop CS3, but for quick and dirty correction iphoto is stupid easy and fast!

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    That makes me laugh. :D

    Hi, welcome to TPF. Nice shots, I really like 2 and 3 in particular. I think all could do with a fair bit more contrast, (fear not, this is my warcry). That's a nice kit you've got yourself there, I'll look forward to more shots.
     
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    I'm just a beginner, so I really don't have any criticism for you. I just wanted to say that I love number 3.
     
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    Great work. I specially like #2. #3 is good too, but I think if the background was also in focus, like how you did #2 it would be even better and also show more of the left side, because after I look at the statue, my eyes tend to go left wanting to see more of the sunset or whatever is over there....
     
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    Dang, if you had a bigger version of number 3 up there it would so be my desktop picture for the next month. Well...I guess you could say it "speaks" to me (man I hate sounding so corney) I think it would benefit if you cropped out the column on the far left side. I think that might be what's drawing cnvang's eye over there.
     
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    2 and 3 are both very nice. I might boost some saturation, contrast, etc. and do a bit of sharpening, but the captures themselves are great.

    I want to like 4, but it doesn't quite work for me... I think I'm expecting the colors to pop more, but I also feel like the sand is a bit too much dead space.

    1 didn't work much for me, but then animal shots rarely excite me. It does look like you may have missed the focus a bit. I can't see where in the pic the camera is focused.

    I have the D300, too. It's an awesome camera. I did find I had to adjust contrast, sharpness and saturation a bit to make me happy... of course, you can do that in PS, but I found I was doing it SO consistently, that I just turned it up a bit on the camera itself.

    Congrats on the new beast.
     
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    Thanks for all the great comments! I was afraid to over saturate or put too much contrast into the pictures, but I see that for some (especially sunset pictures) it can really help. I edited one to see if it is a bit better...

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    I really like 2! :)
     
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    That works for me...I feel like there's a balance now.
     
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    I love #2
     
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    Right idea, but you may have gone a touch too far now... you also changed the color balance. :lol: Which is fine, just funny.

    Still, looks nice.
     
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    1. Goodness, that one is gorgeous.
    2. Your balcony railing doesn't seem too sharp, is that post iphoto quality decrease or is it blurry in the photo itself?
    3. Was the silhouette photoshoped/illustratored in?
     

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