Very amateur photographer

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  1. erewnoh

    erewnoh TPF Noob!

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    Greetings,

    My first post here. I find that I'm interested in photography and managed to talk the wife into letting me get a dSLR (D60). I'm moving down to the mainland from Alaska, and there were some what I'm hoping are pretty good photo opportunities through Canada.

    Anyway, I think I could really get into photography, and would like some critiquing on my photos so far. Rather than post them here, they're in a web gallery thanks to the stupid easiness of a mac. A few of them I played around with, but I'd like to know what people think, and what I can do to improve.

    Here's the link to the .Mac gallery.
     
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    ohhhh you should visit banff national park on the way. absolutely GORGEOUS lakes and very worthwhile. :)
     
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    i think you'll get more responses of you post some pics here, since people dont click links alot :)
     
  4. mrodgers

    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Especially when it's some kind of Flash like gallery.

    I waited 5 minutes, still had a blank screen. When I gave up and closed, it closed all of my browsers...
     
  5. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You have a good style to your shots, but I think there is a problem with your lighting - many shots have blacks that are too deep and lose details in and several other show very harsh light, so at a guess you were shooting much during the brighter parts of the day.
    If you could tell us what mode you were shooting in most of the time and also some common settings that you used - its tricky to comment on so many shots at once though so here is some general advice:

    1) when shooting during the day set your exposure compentation to -1 that should help deal with the harsh light. I really think that your style of shooting is leading you to lose details in the darks possibly as a result of reducing the brightness of shots to counter the extra brightness.

    2) shoot in apature priority mode - for shots like wildlife set your apature as wide as you can (that means the smallest f number you can set it to). for something like a landscape you want to do the exact opposite - and also consider using a tripod to help with the longer exposure times where hand held will get a blurry image from handshake
     
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    erewnoh TPF Noob!

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    Here are a few...

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    erewnoh TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the feedback so far, and sorry about the problems with the gallery. It just seemed easy enough to let iphoto do the work of putting them online.

    I was shooting during the brighter parts of the day, and I didn't like how faint some of the far off scenery got.

    For the landscapes I was using landscape mode on the D60. The one of the dog is portrait mode zoomed in using the 55-200 lens that came with the camera kit. The flower closeup was originally shot using close-up mode, but I found portrait mode gave a better background blur, which seemed kind of nice, so I threw the other one out.
     
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    I hope you don't mind, I loved these images and wanted to play around with them.

    I used some Kubota Actions on them with a bit of personal touches.

    On the water and mountain I used:

    "Smokeless burn" AV2...I used this lots on the mountains, land, and sky.
    "Too Blue Tungsten Daylight 1" AV1...I masked this and painted back in some of the blue in the sky and the mountains.


    On the road and trees I used:

    "The NEW BW" AV2...This already has a mask. I painted back the color and left the road B&W. There is a bit of a fade from B&W to color in the bottom of the image.
    "Digital fill Flash" AV2...on the road and on the trees.
    "Smokeless Burn" AV2...swipe down the middle of the road, on the mountains, and on the edges.

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    Kubota Image Tools team
     
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    erewnoh TPF Noob!

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    I don't mind at all. The picture of the road I applied an antique filter to before uploading it, it seemed kind of fitting. I'd also again like to give thanks for the tip on the exposure compensation. I'm in central Idaho now with some absolutely beautiful mountain shots, and the compensation is really allowing me to catch the details in the shadows on a bright day.
     
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    Try a UV or Skylight filter.
    OR (not 'and': don't stack) try a Circular Polarizer filter (and a tripod).
     
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    is the spot above the middle "goats" head on your sensor?

    Cool shots though.
     
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    Great shots. Some seem a little overexposed, but besides that it looks great. Keep up the good work!
     

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