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mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Fri 24-Aug-12 07:38 AM

Not sure quite why this image is the way it is but I like it and would love your comments

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and after NX2 D-Lighting correction

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RLDubbya

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RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Fri 24-Aug-12 08:38 AM

Good photo, composition is great - I particularly like how you've framed the shore, with the railing, and the jetty(?) - the photo suggests convergence happening in the lower right, but doesn't explicitly show it. The jetty (again, not sure if that's the correct term) really draws the eye into the photo.

I like the first version a bit better than the second. I think the first captures the reflection of the sun in the water just a bit better.

I'd say that this warrants further post-processing work, done carefully. Perhaps selectively raising the exposure of the bottom of the photo only, and gently, to bring up the railing while leaving the water largely alone?

Anyhow, good pic!

RockyIII

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RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Fri 24-Aug-12 10:58 AM | edited Fri 24-Aug-12 10:59 AM by RockyIII

Very nice shot. I also prefer the darker version, or perhaps something in between the two.

I think you need to clean your sensor, as there are several dust spots visible on the larger versions.

Rocky

pieterv10

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pieterv10 Registered since 09th Jan 2012
Fri 24-Aug-12 03:46 PM

Nice, I also like the first one better.

Not sure I understand your comment about not knowing why the image "is the way it is"?

RSchussel

Vallejo, US
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RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Fri 24-Aug-12 06:19 PM | edited Fri 24-Aug-12 06:19 PM by RSchussel

the auto control in NX2 is just that. Sometimes it does a grat job and images the look of a picture and other times it does not.
Sometines playing with exposure,contrast etc may give you better results.

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PAStime

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PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Sat 25-Aug-12 12:12 AM

Nice shot and I too prefer the first version. Peter

mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Sat 25-Aug-12 06:28 AM

The blotches were what I was referring to sorry, I will clean the sensor as soon as possible.

I must admit getting up before sun up in the right location gets some amazing results, you can sleep anytime right

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dm1dave

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Sat 25-Aug-12 07:31 PM

Hi Michael,

Nice shot. I like the first image also. It can be difficult to get a nice exposure like that shooting a sunset. Often the meter will try to expose lighter and wash out all of that great color.

I agree that the spots are dust on the sensor.

I noticed you shot at f/29. Very small apertures will cause the dust spots to show in your images and also cause softness due to diffraction. You probably have shot this at f/16 and still had enough DoF.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Sat 25-Aug-12 07:37 PM

Thanks Dave I shot a "few" at different settings and using 3 lenses

I am still away so not large screens to take a good look, only my MBP.

Also, fyi, its a sunrise wicked light transitions over the 30 mins pre and 15 mins post.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Tue 28-Aug-12 02:55 PM | edited Tue 28-Aug-12 03:15 PM by mudman2

Ok here is another from the same morning. Smudges aside what could I have done better. I love this place and plan to go back and try more for the perfect shot. What lens would you have chosen ?

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And another

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torwood

Jefferson Hills, US
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torwood Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010
Wed 29-Aug-12 12:26 AM

Great shots. I love sunsets/rises. I think the first shot is a little too dark - you lose that cool foreground silhouette. That said, I think the correction went a little too overboard. I think something in the middle would be best. The first image conveys the "mood" better. The second looks a little artificial.

Great composition, though. I also agree, f16 would have been more than enough DOF. Most lenses aren't designed to work well at f29.

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mudman2

Jamison, US
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mudman2 Silver Member Nikonian since 14th May 2009
Wed 29-Aug-12 08:51 AM

On the first one, my aim was to capture as much of the sky as I could,because that's where it was all happening and changing very quickly to boot, unfortunately shooting directly into the sun dominated the exposure, I guess I could work the foreground up in post but somehow I like the purity of the direct image.

I did try a few different combinations bearing in mind your under severe time constraints due to the stupid earth's rotation haha. AP worked well but in some cases Program did better. Could be that it gave me more time to compose.

I was very surprised at the little 18-55 lens which I just bought as a lightweight street lens before the trip, I guess I hit its sweet spot.

The second one was all about my attempts to catch the rotating lighthouse light which was rotating 1 ...2...3.............1...2...3 etc, trying the get the release right was a ####.

Have not finished processing the batch yet, hoping for good things.

At the end of the day I think I am trying to please myself with shots in a place I love. I want the best I can do but my experience is severely limited in these hard situations.

Worth getting up for tho and having fun

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dirtyjack

Rautpwm, US
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dirtyjack Registered since 11th Aug 2012
Sat 01-Sep-12 07:06 PM


Dr. Jack L. Casner

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One great thing about your photo is that shooting into the sun did not produce flare. Good technique.

G