#1. "RE: More shots of Lake St Clair." In response to Reply # 0
Havre de Grace, US
While I am drawn to the images, they are not technically what I imagine you are seeking. On days as hazy as this, with featureless skies, try zooming in on your composition to exclude the sky. Often days like this will tend to help saturate colors, as we can see in the foreground golden grasses.
I would also suggest trying a smaller aperture, perhaps f11, for better definition. For that you may need to use a tripod.
Finally, the animals are too distant to give us a feel for them. They don't serve as a pictorial element here. I would have liked you to move in closer and use them as a stronger foreground element. They certainly seem to have been interested in what you were doing!
Congrats on your efforts and your courage in seeking input. Best wishes,
#2. "RE: More shots of Lake St Clair." In response to Reply # 1
Swan Reach.Vic., AU
Thank you Les. I appreciate your comments & advice. That is exactly what I was searching for. Now that I own a better camera (D300s), & better glass. I hope to be able to take advantage of scenes like this & take better photos.....Scotty.
#3. "RE: More shots of Lake St Clair." In response to Reply # 0 Mon 20-Aug-12 12:33 AM by dclarhorn
Berwyn Heights, US
Scotty, very pleasant scenes. One thing you can't help no matter what equipment you're using--the conditions. What you have here is what me and some of my friends call the "white sky of death". Basically, all it means is that you don't have the benefit of great lighting or a pretty sky. There are some advantages, as mentioned, such as color saturation for some scenes. Perhaps you could try some scenes where you eliminate the sky completely.
Given that the light is my first consideration, I'd try to go back when you have a better, more interesting sky or try very early or late in the day when the light is warmer and the shadows longer and more dramatic and see what results you get.