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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:35 pm 
Hi,

On a short vacation in January this year, I clicked some sunset pictures in the mountains. Here I have posted 3 shots I liked the most. Please tell me how you think they have turned out.

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#2:
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Thanks!! Please do post your critique on where I can improve.
Jinay.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:07 pm 
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obviously stunning images.

Perhaps after you saw them, and despite their beauty, you probably felt that the images didn't really reflect the awe you felt when you saw them with your eyes. Something landscape compositions often lack is depth. Photos are 2D yet we see in 3D. You can easily add some depth by having a foreground object such as a tree, a nearer mountain, or some closer object. You've gone some way to achieving this in #3 although it's out of focus.

What aperture did you use?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:26 pm 
Hi Kimchi,

Many thanks for the reply!

I have used aperture of f/8 for all the images. The image #3 was more of a fluke, as I was using a 75-300mm lens and the focal length was set at 75mm, and I was hoping to get a shot of the mountain range behind the tree. But the tree was really close, so even it came to occupy a significant part of the image. The image was overexposed by over a stop, but since I had shot in RAW, i could fix that part.

I'll surely keep your depth tip in mind!

Thanks again,
Jinay.


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Great images - you caught the golden glow on the peaks perfectly!

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Very nice job! I love the fogging of the mountains! If the tree in the third picture was in focus, it would've been a very beautiful shot, as Kimchi mentioned it's good to have a foreground object in landscapes sometimes. Try using a polarizer, it may give an interesting effect to the haziness of the image.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:43 am 
Hi,

Thanks for the comments, eVolutioN and EvanK!

I used a polarizer for all the shots. I liked the way it made the slightly hazy mountains clearer and made the mist stand out. I'll definitely keep the foreground in mind next time! As for the tree, I was confused where to focus; on the tree or the mountains! The scene struck me while shooting birds, so if was more of a reflex action than a planned shot. And then there wasn't enough time to get the shot right!

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