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 Post subject: Waterscapes and Sunsets
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:57 am 
Hey :-)

practicing my absolute weakest photographic side: landscapes.

I'm trying to learn to enjoy this kind of photography - which is not easy for me.

These are taken along the coast in Richmond, just outside Vancouver, Canada. The last one I had to do something with, just because..lol.

Cheers :-)

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Exposure: 1/250sec
F/10
ISO 200
Focal Length: 45mm
Exposure Compensation: -1.33 eV

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Exposure: 1/160sec
F/20
ISO 200
Focal Length: 46mm
Exposure Compensation: -1.33 eV

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Exposure: 1/320sec
F/9
ISO 200
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Compensation: 0.00 eV

(All with Nikon D40 + 18-55mm kit lens)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:37 am 
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I really like them all, especially the first one...

Have you done any post processing? If the colours on that last one are completely real, then that was pretty amazing conditions!

In terms of technique I'd say when shooting the sea like this, be very careful with your horizon lines as people can immediately spot with this kind of subject if you're a bit squint.

The first shot is a little off, but it can easily be rotated digitally. I feel I can say this, as I am always getting these kind of shots slightly squint, and have long learned that you can't even use spirit levels for this kind of thing - just go for what looks right in the viewfinder - and hope that the viewfinder is also aligned with the sensor (Rei Velo had an infuriating time there!)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:12 pm 
Wow LahLahSr! The first one is quite excellent!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:52 pm 
Hey grahamnp & Gordon,

Thanks for the kind words and the advice. The scary part is that I already adjusted the lines on that first one :oops: :roll:

I always get them a little off, but I have begun to notice that at least I am consistent:
1) I always tilt the right side down
2) I always overcompensate by a couple of degrees by tilting the left side down - argh!

The third one I did color-shifts on, just for fun. I tried to allude to it. Generally speaking I can't help but fuzz with my photos.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:03 pm 
Whooo... that second picture is just excellent in my opinion.

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the island of Santorini in Greece, notorious for its sunsets at the city of Oia? I was there in 1994, and those sunsets was spectacular. I can really recommend a trip there if you want to go for really great sunsets.

As for number three, it almost looks like a HDR-pic, is it not?


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LahLahSr, I saw a photo a while back on the DIYphotography Flickr group that led me to a site called RebelEos.com and there they have a really nice Hot Shoe level (DIY of course) looks like it would take 10 seconds and make and if you have the stuff lying around the effective cost would be zero dollars. Here the link. Now to tell you what it is, its hot shoe mounted bubble level, which could help keep those sea horizon pictures nice and level.

Or you could build a camera platform with gyroscopic stabilizers :idea: yeah.... maybe thats a really long post for another day.

The pictures look fantastic, by the way, and numbers 1 and 3 are my favorites.

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The nice implementation in CaptureNX just lets you draw a (straight) line along the horizon and immediately adjusts the image to level.

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Hey Lah, hey -a-hey hey lo ah....(a little beatles sonnet)

My eye is drawn to the second one, at first glance, but I am liking number one, now, and the subtle hand on the third photo, really does make it stand out...those sunset colors always make my hair stand up..so gorgeous...can't believe we are so privileged to see them, without leaving our computer room...

What a neat place to be on the face of the earth...snoopin around Vancouver.
:lol: :lol: :lol: Whatcha gonna do today with that camera?


can't wait..


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:46 pm 
Thank you for your kind words - it was indeed a rather magical day on the water :-)

Gordon - I can't trust my eyes to perfectly level it and I must just be a naturally crooked fellow. Fortunately, Thomas' reminded me of this line-drawing feature and I remembered that this is also in ACDSee. So much easier..thanx Thomas!

Khol - I have travelled Greece a couple of times, but never made it to Santorini. Paros, Ios, Samos..so many fantastic islands in the Aegean and all with impressive sunsets. That was back in my 35mm film days. I'd go there again for the souvlaki, ouzo, retsina and sunsets!! lol!

Jake - very interesting workaround. I'm going to have to look into that one..perhaps attach a single small LED that I can turn on in the dark. That's very clever.

hehe patti..I ain't got none of them pretty cowboys here, and the cowboys - back when I lived in Southern Alberta - weren't nearly the snappy dressers your friends are! So I gotta make do with gulls and water, as you know :-)

Speaking of water - Gerry Point Park allows you to get really close to where the big ships have to go through some narrows. Can be interesting
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What you can't see is me nearly soiling my pants as the wake of that big mother hit the rocks I were standing on. I had completely forgot and I was tracking the freighter. Suddenly I heard the water crashing onto the rocks I was standing on. Let's not delve too deep into my humiliation - suffice it to say that 200000 billion-trillion cubic tonnes of a ship creates quite a wake and that my camera is safe....

That's the same ship you can see in the horizon in the second shot, above. btw.

Cheers :-)


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Thats good to know, Lah. Am really glad to hear that you and your trusty Nikon are safe..Last time I got carried away with my camera, it was not pretty, either...at a roping, I ran into a post...on my way to standing in a pen where there were some not so happy bovines...
Had a little black eye for my efforts, and some pretty good shots, once my eye stopped watering...sheesh.
The key here, my friend, is you got another spectacular shot, and from where I am sitting, I can still feel the movement of that ship...

I rather like the water, and am warming to the gulls, as well....

good on you, Lah..this is a neat series...


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