Comments/Criticisms Please

swiftaw

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Jan 31, 2005
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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



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
 

wmmk

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Mar 28, 2006
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The Library.
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



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
Hmmm...

The photo isn't loading. I think .mac might be down.
 

barr08

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Aug 9, 2006
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Boston, MA
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



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

I think it is too gray :D.

Edit: now that the picture is loading, this joke doesn't make sense. Just ignore me.
 

swiftaw

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Jan 31, 2005
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Omaha, NE, USA
Yeah, the website says that iDisk is offline right now and will be back up asap.

Edit: Seems to be working again now
 

Lovesong

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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.
 

Doylem

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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...