First Tripod Outing (C&C Please)

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  1. decado

    decado TPF Noob!

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    Took the tripod out for the first time earlier this week, here are some of my best shots, let me know what you think. I shot all these in raw mode so changes can easily be made.

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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    C&C per req:

    1. Good use of leading lines; they draw the eye directly into the centre of the image, however there's not a lot of interest there. Technically the exposure is fine, but the use of a polarizing filter and a graduated ND filter to darken the sky, increase saturation and contrast as well as remove some of the reflections from the water would have made this a much stronger image.

    2. Despite good use of selective focus, the bright, lightly coloured background is rather distracting. I would suggest focusing in on just a couple of reeds, preferable against a dark background.

    3. Again good use of leading lines, but again, no definite subject to hold the eye. This image is a bit of an exposure challenge with the brightness of the snow and the [relative] darkness of the metal railings.

    4. Nice; good exposure. Perhaps a tighter crop to make the birds stand out more in the image. Again, a polarizer would have reduced the reflection of the water and increased the saturation.

    5. Very nice, but suffers as a result of the bright white of the snow in the background. As a general rule, darker backgrounds are better than lighter ones. A simple change of position to your right may have helped greatly.

    6. My favorite of the lot. I would take this one back into the pixel room and crop just a little more tightly on the main leaf, as well make it just a little darker and perhaps boost the saturation a tad.

    Overall, nicely done.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your mileage may vary

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