Comments/Criticisms Please

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by swiftaw, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. swiftaw macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    Hi All, I'm trying to improve my skills, I took this photo in Prague last month and I was wondering what people thought. I haven't done any editing work on it, it is exactly as the camera took it. Thanks

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    Date Taken: June 29, 2007

    Canon Digital Rebel XT
    ISO 400
    Lens: 18.0 - 55.0mm
    Focal Length: 18mm
    Aperture: f/5
    Shutter Speed: 1/1600
     
  2. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm...

    The photo isn't loading. I think .mac might be down.
     
  3. barr08 macrumors 65816

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    I think it is too gray :D.

    Edit: now that the picture is loading, this joke doesn't make sense. Just ignore me.
     
  4. swiftaw thread starter macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    Yeah, the website says that iDisk is offline right now and will be back up asap.

    Edit: Seems to be working again now
     
  5. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Hey swifaw,

    This is a nice picture. From a technical standpoint when shooting a vast landscape such as this at the widest possible focal length, you might want to stop down the aperture. Landscape images tend to enjoy the f/8 to f/11 apertures the most, and keeps parts of your picture from being out of focus due to DOF issues. Also, when shooting landscapes, it's generally a good idea to minimize your ISO speed. While 400 is good on a Canon SLR, the image would be much cleaner at ISO 100. Another thing you might want to consider is that the bank on the opposite side of the river is a bit crooked. If you rotate it just a couple of degrees CCW, it would be much better.

    Composition-wise, your images need a bit of...je ne sais quoi. First off, the rule of thirds is important, and even more so when shooting landscapes. In this case, the bridge would be much more relevant if the horizon was either 1/3 or 2/3 of the way up (i.e. more water or more sky). The fact that it's in the middle makes the image a bit flat. Secondly, I would have done a little more to make the boat the focus of the image, by either zooming in a bit, or perhaps waited until it was more in relation to the bridge. It is essential to have some sort of a subject when shooting a landscape in order to put your pictures in context, and allow them to have a voice. This simply takes practice, and some thinking before you snap the shutter.

    Overall this is a nice image. Keep it up.
     
  6. Doylem macrumors 68040

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    Landscape/location photography is all about light. The pic looks a bit grey and gloomy 'cos nothing is 'lit'. Sometimes the only technique you need is patience...
     
  7. swiftaw thread starter macrumors 603

    swiftaw

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    How about this one?

    Thanks for all the comments so far. Here's another photo

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