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Here are some lakes in British Columbia. Any comments or critiques are welcome.

1. Lindeman Lake
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2. Chilliwack Lake
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3. Chilliwack Lake
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Thanks for looking. There's more photos of these lakes on my website, link in signature.
 

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Hmm another place i need to visit!
Good images :thumbup:... are you using any kind of filters?
 
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Hmm another place i need to visit!
Good images :thumbup:... are you using any kind of filters?
I use a circular polarizing filter to deal with glare on the water. I've also recently purchased a Cokin graduated neutral density square filter. It only holds back 1 stop of light so it's pretty minimal.

The polarizer was used on all 3 photos. Generally I use the polarizer on most outdoor scenes. The NDgrad was used on the last 2 photos (in combination with the polarizer). So there's a slight image quality loss with all the filtering, but the Cokin is a cheap filter which doesn't help. The image quality loss is hardly noticeable on web-sized jpegs. Pixel peeping the full size photos there's noticeable differences. But for what is gained in the filtering, the detriments are minimal.

I plan on getting a Singh-Ray NDgrad as I've heard they're among the best.
 

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Yea i use Cookin ND grads, although the ND4 and ND8 are probably the ones i use the most in landscapes. You will loose some detail in stacking them with a Polarizer tho, the best thing is to stagger 2 ND's so that the transition is smoother but also gives you a much darker sky if needed. ;)
There are better grads out there than Cookin tho, thats true.
 

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Your first shot is better than the last two. I do not like the combo of the two filters. It is a beautiful lake for a shoot though.

Do you have others of the same lake?
 

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I really like #1 but I find myself wanting to see more water and less rocks.
 
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Your first shot is better than the last two. I do not like the combo of the two filters. It is a beautiful lake for a shoot though.

Do you have others of the same lake?
I really like #1 but I find myself wanting to see more water and less rocks.
Lindeman_006.jpg


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I really like #1 but I find myself wanting to see more water and less rocks.

That is what I was thinking. I love the colors in the water.
 

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The first one in the second set looks great!
 

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What f stop you shooting at. Seems like it must be around 5 or 6. The background are not really focused and very soft.... I would shoot at like f/16 or so and try to get more in focus.
Your Composition is very good and you have a good eye. They are lovely shots.
Keep on shooting!!
 
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What f stop you shooting at. Seems like it must be around 5 or 6. The background are not really focused and very soft.... I would shoot at like f/16 or so and try to get more in focus.
Your Composition is very good and you have a good eye. They are lovely shots.
Keep on shooting!!
Thanks for comments. These are all between f/16 and f/20. And the camera mounted on tripod and I used a cable release. The perceived loss of sharpness is due to resolution downsize and jpeg compression. Usually after I resize an image for web posting I resharpen some areas, but not the entire image as I find too much sharpening doesn't look good.

The original images are pretty sharp for the lenses and camera used. And believe me, it's a constant struggle to make an image that looks great at full resolution into low resolution for web. Generally I find these wide-angle landscapes lose a lot of punch when down sized.

I also commonly do focus bracketing where 3 separate images are shot at different focus points (foreground, midground, background) for a completely sharp image if desired. On these images I didn't do any focus bracketing though.

Also, make sure you view the full resolution version of the images as some browsers downsize images automatically.
 

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Excellent photos, thanks for sharing.

You would have loved the week long meet up we had, back in the summer of 2007. A whole week of shooting in the mountains of Alberta & BC.
 

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I really like the first one!:thumbup:​
 

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