Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:49 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 2:04 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
Hello everyone!

I just came back from a kayak trip in Strathcona provincial park, Vancouver Island. The area is stunning, I wish my photographic abilities were better so that I could show you all...

Anyways, this was my first real attempt at landscape photography. My style is mostly in macro... And yes, they all look quite similar.

1.
Image


2.
Image


3. Image



4.
Image



5.
Image



6. This one is my favorite.
Image



Comments and Critique always welcome!

Cheers!

Eric D.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 9:13 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:22 am
Posts: 404
Location: St. Boswells, Scottish Borders
What camera did you use?

I really like #1 and #6 for composition, but you've suffered from the same problem we always struggle with - the curse of the landscape photographer, if you will: blown highlights.

The landscapes are great, I love the lighting in #4, but the highlights let you down in several of them. :oops:

There are a few ways you can avoid them next time:

1. Shoot in RAW (if your camera allows it):
This will give you a better dynamic range and a bit more to play with in photoshop.

2. Underexpose, until there are no blown highlights:
Your camera may have a highlights warning built in (overexposed parts of an image will flash when you view them back). I use this all the time. You could also use the histogram to see if there are blown highlights. This will rescue the highlights detail, and there will still be detail in the shadows, which you can bring out by tone mapping in Photomatix or a similar HDR (high dynamic range) program, or by dodging and burning in photoshop.

3. Shoot multiple exposures of the same scene and then combine them in an HDR program, and then finish it in photoshop if you want to.

4. Use a graduated ND (neutral density) filter which is darker in the top half, and can be used to darken skies, but this works better with straight or nearly straight horizons.

For anything to do with HDR or photoshop, you should probably ask our resident expert, Alex, for help.

All in all, the photos are good, and if you don't want to spend time (or money) doing those things and you're happy with your photos as they are, then don't.

Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing more from you.

_________________
Olympus E-510 | ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 | ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 | 35mm 1:3.5 Macro | Giottos MTL8361B & MH-5001 3-way head | Lowepro Orion Trekker II bag

http://www.calummacnab.com


Last edited by calmac1991 on Sat May 24, 2008 6:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 5:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
Thanks!

I used a 7.2mp Sony Cybershot. It was the one time that I really wanted a DSLR and a wide angle lens :?

Anyways, the menus are extremely hard to use with it and to change settings... I will hopefully be getting my first DSLR soon.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:42 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:22 am
Posts: 404
Location: St. Boswells, Scottish Borders
EricD wrote:
I will hopefully be getting my first DSLR soon.


Definitely worth the money - you'll notice a huge difference. Remember to take some pictures of this place when you do, it looks like a beautiful area.

_________________
Olympus E-510 | ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 | ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 | 35mm 1:3.5 Macro | Giottos MTL8361B & MH-5001 3-way head | Lowepro Orion Trekker II bag

http://www.calummacnab.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 6:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
It is!

I'll be backpacking near there over the summer, so I will hopefully be getting one before then.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Ahh Strathcona
PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 6:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon May 05, 2008 9:13 pm
Posts: 81
Location: Vancouver BC
These pics bring back wonderful memories for me. I went to this place twice, once in grade nine and once in grade 10. In grade ten our leaders took us from Strathcona to Nootka sound to ocean kayak for a week. We wound up on this beach that was deserted and it went for miles, I think it was called Friendly Cove you can see it if you google it. What an extraordinary place.
I'll never forget that trip, it was a life-channging adventure for me. I know that I will be back there some day. Nice Pics.

Kona08 :D

_________________
Nikon d-90 ][nikkor af-s 35mm f1.8g][ nikkor 18-200mm ] [tokina 11-16 f2.8][nikkor af-s 50 mm f1.8g]


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 3:53 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
Thanks!

I try to go there as much as possible, and everytime to do something different.

Heck, next year maybe I'll do some whitewater :P


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 4:33 am 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:35 pm
Posts: 1983
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Hi EricD,

While I haven't been exactly there, the scenery is looking familiar nonetheless.

To my eyes, your captures seem very "real" to me as in, that's how it would look with my eyes too, including the flares you have (as I'm wearing glasses..lol).

The first one is my personal favorite for it's "cleanness" of both the lines and the water and overall composition. No need to stick with only macro :-)

Cheers!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
Thanks again LahLahSr!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:09 pm
Posts: 96
Have you tried using filters to avoid the tip of the back mountains from looking pale white!?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 10:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 2:09 am
Posts: 584
I used my sony cybershot, so no filters unfortunately that I know of.

But,I am on a quest to purchase my first DSLR!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group