Trying To Figure Out My Camera - C&C Please

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  1. Skedaddle

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    I received my Canon Rebel XSi 3 days ago and have been working with it every day. Here are some photos that I have taken with it. Let me know what you think.

    (1) I used my 75-300mm lens for this shot. It was taken 2 days ago. Tripod was not used. My younger sister saw this little guy making his way down our street so we took him to a pond.

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    ISO - 800
    Exposure Time - 1/250 sec
    Shutter Speed - 1/256 sec
    F-Stop - f/6.30
    Focal Length - 300.00 mm

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    (2) Took this shot with my 75-300mm lens. Taken 2 days ago. Tripod was not used. This is called a purple horsemint.

    EXIF
    ISO - 500
    Exposure Time - 1/125 sec
    Shutter Speed - 1/128 sec
    F-Stop - f/5.00
    Focal Length - 130.00 mm

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    (3) Used my 50mm lens for this shot. Took it just a couple of hours ago. Didn't use the tripod. This is another of my younger brothers.

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    ISO - 400
    Exposure Time - 1/200 sec
    Shutter Speed - 1/197 sec
    F-Stop - f/3.50
    Focal Length - 50.00 mm

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    how is your shutter speed and exposure time different?

    Well....these are some cool pictures.

    #1 I like the DOF, and you didnt go overboard with it...like I tend to do.....

    #2 Well composed, like the colors.

    #3 Excellent. The focus is on the eyes.

    *HIGH FIVE!*

    NIce job, keep it up dood.
     
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    It's just rounding off.

    Nice images. I would prefer the flower stack to have about twice as much room on the right but that's really a minor point.

    It doesn't look like you need much help. Time to move out of the beginners forum for critique. :thumbup:
     
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    I'll second that. Skedaddle, I took a look at your stuff on flickr and could only find maybe 5 or 6 pictures out of 111 that I did not like,... that is very good! :thumbup:
     
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    Thank you very much for the comments. I was not expecting this. :) Anyone else?
     
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    Good captures. I don't care for the second one much, but the first and third are very good. The portrait is really good.
     
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    Thanks for the commernts. :) What about the second one do you not like Samanax?
     
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    I really like the 2nd one.
     
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    There's a lot of stuff going on in this shot and it's like there is no main subject. It might work better if the flower took up more of the frame and didn't include all that other busy stuff below the flower. The orange seeds are distracting. The background is busy too...a shallower DOF would have put the background more out of focus.
     
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    I had been wondering if the seeds would be too distracting. :) As for the DOF, I would have needed to use a different lens because that was as shallow as I could ger with the 75-300mm lens. I could try and blur the background more in photoshop though. Thank you for answering my question. :)

    Thank you for the comment ccssk8ter11. :)
     
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    DOF is affected by 4 things...aperture size (low f/stop, wide opening = shallow DOF...high f/stop, narrow opening = deep DOF), focal length (longer lenses reduce DOF, shorter lenses give you more DOF), distance between camera and subject (the closer you get to the subject, the shallower the DOF gets...the farther you get from the subject, the DOF gets deeper) and subject and distance between subject and background (the farther from the subject the background is, the more blur you get).

    If you shot that flower at the MFD (minimum focus distance) for that lens I bet the DOF would have been pretty shallow and you'd have gotten a very nice OOF blur of the background. Something to try next time you're out shooting.
     
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    The minimum distance with that lens is 4.9 feet. I'm pretty sure I was at the minimum distance and then I zoomed in so I could get closer. I actually try to shoot at the MFD when I can. I think one reason that the background is more busy that I would have liked is because all the other weeds and plants were extremely close to the flower. Next time I'll try shotting one using a different lens with a lower aperture and make sure I shoot it at MFD. Thank you for the tip. It was very helpful and informative. :)
     

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