Ok, Be gentle it's my first time.

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  1. Karen_esmerelda

    Karen_esmerelda TPF Noob!

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    Believe it or not I have never had a group of photographers critique my photos. The most I get out of people are oh that's good or I don't really like that one. So I am putting a few up for general inspection. I would love thoughts, ideas, and just overall more than the general answers. I am picking three that give a general idea to what I do.


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  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome... Interesting images. A few thoughts:

    1. I really like this image. It's unusual in composition and execution, but very strong nonetheless. Everything works very well for me except the focus. I can't find one sharp spot on the image. I'm guessing this was due to the low shutter speed. As a rule of thumb, 1/60 is about as low as you should hand-hold a camera, and never hand-hold when your shutter speed doesn't exceed your focal length.

    2. This one almost made it; unfortunately you have two issues here. One is a too-shallow depth of field, rendering the right forefoot and leg out of focus. As well the pose doesn't really work; animals are invariably best photographed at their eye-level, and with them looking toward, ('though not necessarily right into) the camera.

    3. A nice composition with this one, and good overall exposure, BUT again, a couple of (IMO) issues. 1. The sticks in the left and right foreground are rather messy and distracting. 2. This image is screaming for the use of a polarizng filter; this would have increased the overall contrast and removed the over-bright reflections from the water. Good work on the use of the slow shutter speed to give the water a soft appearance, but in general, you need speeds of 1.5 - 3 seconds to get the really soft look.

    Overall, some very nice images, with minor issues. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your mileage may vary.

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  3. Karen_esmerelda

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    Thank you for your input. I finally did get a polarizing filter as well as a UV so up til now most of my photos will be that way. Depth of field I have always need to work on. I appreciate you taking the time to look them over. :D
     
  4. Ron Evers

    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    "I am picking three that give a general idea to what I do. "

    The first pic would suggest you are a "cut-up". Sorry but that was an open door!

    I tend to agree with John with the exception I like the water to look like water & not plastic, so I would be inclined to up the shutter speed to show less blur.
     

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