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Practice At The Lake

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by MikeT, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Finally got out for some practice with my new D300.

    Here's a couple of shots.

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    Let me know what you think.


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  2. i like the first one
    the second might be more visually appealing.... but, somehow it needs a bit of counter-clockwise rotation to MY eyes

    i took a look photoshop
    and 3 degrees of COUNTER-clockwise rotation is about right, to my eyes
  3. Say, I didn't even notice that!:tongue:

    I use NX2 and used a -1.42 setting on a straight (I hope) sidewalk way in the left back.

    Look better now?

    Thanks for pointing that out spalding12!

  4. i think it does
    here's what i came up with.....
    hope you don't mind me posting it here
    if you do, i'll remove it

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  5. Greg..

    Maybe both trees are growing crooked :biggrin:


  6. No, I don't mind.
    It now looks tilted to the left slightly to me.

    Looking between the two trees on the left is a little white line which I think is the sidewalk around the area. You can follow the sidewalk to the right almost to the tree in the foreground. I used that as a reference to level by.

    I'll leave it for now and see what others think as well.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

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  7. Could be.
    Kind of looks like wide angle distortion. Trees on left leaning left while foreground tree leaning to the right:confused: 

  8. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Mike, the skies are blown out in both images -- need to bracket exposures or use ND grad filter for this kind of shot. The first is more uniformly overxposed than the second one, but the reflections are overexposed in the second. ND grad wouldn't help much with the reflections -- better off bracketing exposures for that one.
  9. Yes, pretty much blown skies in both. There wasn't any detail to preserve in the sky as it was heavy overcast with white clouds everywhere. In the background of the first photo you can see some mist from the clouds. With the overcast and shooting in the direction of the setting sun made the clouds even brighter. I don't think an ND filter or bracketing would have brought out any detail in the sky.

    Come to think of it, I haven't even tried bracketing yet.:rolleyes: 

    Thanks for your comments Bob,

  10. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Yes, I think I've seen skies like that:biggrin:. In such cases, I'm tempted to substitute skies that have at least a little character.:wink:

  11. True. I could have put in a different sky to improve the image but that wouldn't be what the camera saw when the shutter was released. While I'm not totally against adding or removing picture elements. I'm learning from my mistakes(?) so I can see things like this and get things close to right in the camera the first time.

    So far, that's been like .001% :biggrin:



    Apr 30, 2005
    congrats on the new camera. Nice shots
  13. vinman


    Nov 15, 2006
    Upstate SC
    Mike, we should get together and shoot sometime. I really like shooting downtown at night. PM me if you're interested.

    I feel your pain regarding the sky. Seems like right now all we get is that hazy non-descript light that isn't good for anything except harsh shadow and blown highlights!

  14. yeah....
    i'm about 100% sure you are correct about that :smile:
  15. i think you are right and mine might be OVER-correct
    the thing is.... it's a very nice capture
    that's what is important
    well done by you

  16. Thanks RFC!
    I just need to get out and practice more with it.


  17. Thanks spaldin12!

  18. Sounds good to me! PM sent.

    It looks like we are going to have another one today:frown:
    Hopefully it will clear up by the weekend.

  19. Congrats on your D300

    Yo MikeT....try some Circular Polarizers on them shots! Let me know:wink:
  20. Ditto... I would add some blue to the sky.
    Great captures though... isn't the D300 an awesome body.
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