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Faial (Azores) - Beach At Dusk ("vivid" Setting)


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#1 MarkM

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 11:56 PM

Hi everyone

This was taken around 8pm local time (Faial, Azore Islands).  I was experimenting with exposures.  Any and all comments appreciated!

 

1. With the horizon smack in the middle of the frame I go to Rule of Thirds jail (I could crop it), but I like the cloud swirls, and the mix of sky, water, and beach.  I also like the colors (blue hour effect probably).

2. I had selected the "Vivid" creative setting which I think adds saturation.  Is shooting with "Vivid" cheating?  :ph34r:

 

Thanks!

 

1/2000; f11; ISO 5000

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 07:52 AM

Hi Mark.

Its only cheating if you photoshop in weird animals or weirder celebs and then claim to be in some sort of relationship with them...

( but all that's behind me now...) :P

 

Yep, "rule of 3rds"

 

Overall, a nice photo.  The houses on the right are interesting, the sky is worth taking the photo.

It is a bit dark overall.  I checked the histogram and there were no whites in the picture, so a bit underexposed.

LR allowed me to "bring up the whites" as Chelsea/Tony would say, and also bring up the shadows.  Turns out there's a good bit of detail in the sand at the bottom edge of the picture ;)

 

With these adjustments, the water gained a bit more interest too.

 

Check out the Edit tab in Photoscape.  There are some adjustment tools in there that equate to the LR ones - again Photoscape is limited,  just remember to work on a COPY of your original photo so that there are no horrible mistakes...

 

Great start !


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 08:38 AM

Hi Mark, it's a nice shot!  I would suggest to shoot in the RAW file format (if it's an option with your camera) and make your own adjustments in your favorite developing program.  If RAW isn't an option then for now maybe shoot a straight jpeg without using a scene setting in the camera and then developing it yourself.

 

A scene like this I would shoot at several different setting but wouldn't have got anywhere near 1/2000 sec.  If you don't use a tripod you can still get to maybe 1/200 sec or slower if you have a steady hand.  A slow shutter speed would make the water look silky do to the movement during the exposure, however, if the clouds are moving fast then they may not look as you want. If using a tripod try going as slow as 5 even 10 seconds on the exposure at f 16 - f 22 for the best depth of field,  and use evaluative metering so your camera adjusts for all the light in the scene not just an isolated area, you would still have some dark and bright areas but they can be corrected later.

 

Learn your camera settings (if you don't know them already) so you can quickly adjust them and get a bunch of shots off at different settings. Sunrises, sunsets and scenes like this one change quickly, you may only have a few seconds to a few minutes to get it at the perfect time.  Again, well done and nice start, keep showing us your stuff!

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:49 AM

I like your shot. Great advice above. The 1/2000 ss jumped out at me as well. Most landscapes are captured on a tripod with a slower ss and higher f/stop. 



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 04:07 PM

Hi Mark, I echo the comment of the guys, the shot needs lifting to make it grab your attention IMHO.

 

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 10:42 PM

Thanks everyone. I've got a lot to learn. Much appreciated.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 09:25 PM

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