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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2010, 08:29:04 pm »
Paar blerrie mooi fotos hier CS.  :thumleft:

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2010, 09:07:03 pm »
Cappie, hoop nie jy dink ek hijack nie. Ou Sprocketbek neem damn mooi fotos, maar kan hy nie maar vir ons ietsie leer nie? :)

SB, vat die foto hieronder, sÍ vir ons wat jy gedoen het en wat was jou opsies asb man.

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2010, 09:11:33 pm »
Very good both of you! :thumleft:
I will watch and learn. :mwink:
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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2010, 10:42:42 pm »
Dankie, dankie.
Dit was die middag net na daardie swaar reen so 2 jaar terug. Hulle het die pad tussen Ashton en Montagu gesluit weens die vloede. Ek moes toe deur Swellendam ry en oor Tradouwpas om by Warmwaterberg uit te kom. Daar was oral watervalletjies langs Tradouwpas. Hierdie een is by so 'n piekniekplekkie by 'n bruggie, daar is 'n naambord maar ek kannie so lekker onthou nie.....Spuithoek?

Punt is mens moenie skrik vir slegte weer nie. Net na 'n reenbui lyk die veld pragtig, nagfotos en cityscapes ook.
'n Paar wolke is baie meer interessant as net blou lug. Jy sal van jou beste fotos neem op 'n dag wat jy moet waterboots aantrek.

Daardie foto is in 'n donker klofie geneem met die son wat van my rugkant af op die bopunt van die waterval val.
Om die water so te kry moet jou sluiterspoed 0.5 sek of stadiger wees, dink dit was 0.8 sek vir daardie een. Dus MOET jy 'n stewige tripod gebruik. Ek skiet meestal in Manual om self alles te beheer.

Die tricky ding is om jou sluiterspoed so laag te kry, in helder sonlig kan jy dit nie doen nie. Stel ISO so laag as moontlik (100 in my geval), f-stop kan maar 8,16 of 22 wees en dan kyk jy of die sluiterspoed laag genoeg is. Mens kry Neutral Density (ND) filters wat sal help om die spoed af te bring maar ek het dit nie.
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« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2010, 06:27:39 am »
Nice guys!
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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2010, 09:52:29 am »
Guys with skill please criticize so i can learn.

I still have a HUGE amount to learn myself, but I can comment on your pics if you really want.

I learnt the most about my own photography when I started posting my pics on a photography internet website where other members of the site would then critique and rate your pics. Nothing motivates you to improve like getting your best efforts ripped apart by other people.

I also find it difficult to judge my own pics objectively, because pics you really like for some personal reason might not be good at all, so from that point of view an outsider's honest opinion can very valuable. The other thing I am still learning is to "see" a good pic in an apparently ordinary one.

So, if you want my honest opinion, let me know.......  :mwink:
 

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2010, 11:35:23 am »
Ja be honest.....


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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2010, 11:56:25 am »
Ja be honest.....

They are kak.






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« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2010, 12:32:57 pm »
Fully agree with you Big H.
I joined a club about 2 years ago and I've learn't a lot, especially the first year. This year I have not spent the time I would have liked to. Meanwhile the club members have become very active and I can certainly see their skills surpass mine.

The pictures taken by SA amateurs (and pro's) are unbelievable......some very good stuff at the PSSA affiliated clubs.

I also get very gatvol of looking at my own pics.
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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2010, 12:58:15 pm »
Okay, here goes...

IMPORTANT: Thousands of better photographers than myself will have a different opinion, and this is just my own. My critiques of your pics obviously makes my efforts open to other opinions, which are very welcome. I certainly do not expect everybody to agree with my so-called improvements, and some might even say that they are downright kak.

PIC ONE:

My opinion:
1. The image is too cluttered and lacks a definite subject.
2. The notice board in the background distracts my attention from what I am supposed to be looking at.
3. The placement of the keys exactly in the middle of the frame does not work.



My attempt:
I will focus on something specific in the scene.
The keys make for an interesting subject, and placing them on thirds will make for better composition.




PIC TWO:

My opinion:
1. Personally I have a problem with horizons which are not level.  Not everybody will agree on this point but, in my opinion, unless you are going for a specific effect the horizon should be level.
2. It seems like it wasnít a good time of the day for a landscape shot like this, because the light is a bit flat and the pic lacks colour and contrast. The same shot very early in the morning or late afternoon would probably have been great.



My attempt:
Levelled the horizon.
I tried to add some color and contrast to the posted pic (would have been easier if it were the original file).
I tried a more panoramic crop.




PIC THREE and FOUR:

My opinion:
1. There is not enough sharpness, detail or colour in the birds for these to qualify as bird photos, and serious bird photographers will probably have a lot of bad things to say from that perspective.
2. Then, as landscape shots, the black blobs (birds) add nothing to the pics.






PIC FIVE:

My opinion:
1. Lekker photo, with great colour and simple, effective composition.




PIC SIX:

My opinion:
1. Great idea for a pic, but unfortunately the light is also very flat in this one.
2. More detail in the rock in the foreground would have been nice. I would have made use of ActiveD Lighting on ďhighĒ setting on the Nikon here.
3. It seems that the pic lacks depth of field. A smaller aperture would have fixed this.
4. Placing both the rock and the lighthouse on thirds would have improved the composition.



My attempts:

More panoramic crop, and converted to grayscale and added lots of contrast to try to fix the light to make the sky more dramatic.



More panoramic crop, and added saturation and contrast.



Tried a different crop altogether.




PIC SEVEN:

My opnion:
1. This pic lacks a subject. Period.




Okay, thatís it for now. I am sure you will understand that this is just an attempt to share what I have learnt from others, and is by no means a professional opinion.

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Additional note: The best advice for landscape shots such as these is usually to take the shots at the right time of day. Apparently the serious landscape photographers do not even touch their cameras after 09:00 or before 16:00, because during the day our African sunlight is just too harsh for taking good pics.
 

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« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2010, 01:14:06 pm »
Great stuff BigH.
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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2010, 06:33:49 pm »
Thanks for the advice..... i would surely employ it.....

Landscapes are my favourite so i'll have to get up early then. :)


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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2010, 06:42:36 pm »
BigH why not start a thread with pics you can take anywhere here and give some advice like you did, some good points there.

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #33 on: May 18, 2010, 07:55:39 pm »
Thanks for the advice..... i would surely employ it.....
Landscapes are my favourite so i'll have to get up early then. :)

Thanks for taking the advice the right way. Like I said, I am still learning, and all of us can also learn a lot from each other.

If you are interested in landscapes, look at how the people who are really good at it use space, depth and composition. For example, Koos van der Lende is one of a handful of people in SA who actually make a living out of landscape photography and his work is huge inspiration!

http://www.delende.co.za/

BigH why not start a thread with pics you can take anywhere here and give some advice like you did, some good points there.

I'll try. Looking for good examples will take some time but I'll see what I can do. Watch this space.
 

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #34 on: May 18, 2010, 08:09:46 pm »
I have many foto's you can criticize, I don't mind.  :biggrin:

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« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2010, 08:16:33 pm »
My wife got a Nikon D3000 for xmas - she loves it......and me :biggrin:
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« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2010, 10:21:56 pm »
Feel free to post anything photo related here.

Very noble Cappie...wheres the girl pics... :peepwall: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2010, 11:11:44 pm »
Edgy, nice pic, but the not so level horizon.............
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« Reply #38 on: May 19, 2010, 08:01:42 pm »
Feel free to post anything photo related here.

Very noble Cappie...wheres the girl pics... :peepwall: :biggrin: :biggrin:

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Re: Cappie's pics...... random
« Reply #39 on: May 21, 2010, 01:22:05 am »
when i need to get away, i run into the bushes and do long exposures at full moon. lots of red wine and bobs your uncle :mwink:
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