Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Josh220, Jul 6, 2009.
Both were shot at ISO 200 on a tripod with my Nikon 18-200 lens at large apertures.
I'm not a fan of the first photo, the colors seem a little flat, and the focus is soft. I like the second one, good composition, nice pastel colors in the sky, again the focus is quite soft. I'm surprised they were both soft as you were using a tripod.
I have not been at this long enough to C&C the technical aspects of the shots but as an observer in the first one I feel like I am looking down at the dock. It might just be me but my first impression was I was looking down at my feet.
I think that's the 18-200's fault. After I get my 70-200 f/2.8 I am going to get a better landscape lens and see how it compares.
The high wind could also be a factor.
i agree. i would have shot this from a lower angle - would be interesting to see the difference
It's about a mile from my house so I'll do that angle for you the next time I go out there.
I think a lower angle and about 1/3 of a nice sky would make that quite a top notch shot.
Thats a spot I'd shoot 75-100 times around dusk.
Of course I'd probably toss 99 of them though.
Alright, here's my take. The first photo suffers from the fact that it really isn't that interesting of a perspective, and here's why. That is the same perspective one would get if they walked down the bridge themselves. I have often found that photos are much more interesting when shot from a perspective that the human eye doesn't normally see. That is what makes a person go "Whoaaaa..."
As for the second photo, I have spent a considerable amount of time in the everglades shooting photos of sunsets and I can tell you that the sky doesn't always cooperate. In your second photo, the sky really isn't offering you anything interesting, not your fault, just the way that particular night was. I think the photo itself would have worked better had the canal been calm. The waves disrupt the tranquility of the shot.
In closing, you seem to have the concept down. Your photos are technically well done. It just appears as though nature wasn't cooperating with you. A different perspective in the first one will bring it to life. Post your next shots, and stay well :thumbup:
Awesome, thanks. I was actually down there shooting some birds (pics posted in another recent thread) and didn't want to pass up the opportunity to practice sunset shots when the sun went down. I agree that the sky was pretty bland that night, hardly any clouds or anything.
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