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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:52 pm 
Well I took out my new Nikon D5000 yesterday to give it a try. I have spent the last month or so reading the manual and a couple of books I got on the D5000. Then when I got out with it yesterday, it seemed that I got anxious and forgot almost everything I read. Anyway I only took 1 shot and decided to post it here and let you folks tell me what to do to improve it.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:03 pm 
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In terms of composition, watch out for distractions like the 2 sticks in front of the train. And maybe try cropping a bit from the bottom to follow the rule of thirds. Otherwise, it looks good to me. :)

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Take more shots. Experiment, have fun! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:56 am 
Thanks for the tips. I really hated that the two metal poles were in the shot. I really didn't time once I heard the trains horn and not taking in account for what speed it may be traveling at. Neither did I take in account for the time of day. It was a little after 11 in the morning.

One question I do want to ask is about the depot in the background. How would I get that part of the shot more in focus? I do want to take more shots in this area in the future, but probably at a different time of day. Would really like to try for twilight /early evening.

Thanks again for the help


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If you head over to the great interview with Chase Jarvis on this website:
http://www.cameralabs.com/interviews/Chase_Jarvis_interview_Queenstown_New_Zealand/, you'll soon see what's wrong: you did not even hit the 1000 count on your camera :)

It's definitely a great shot, and I love it. I'm playing with the rule of thirds a lot lately, so I guess I would have liked the train to be more into 1/3 of the photo instead of a full half, but otherwise, it's great, picture is very clear, well exposed, colours look great, definitely a keeper.[/url]

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You can close your aperture a bit (say, F/11), that should expand your depth of field and get the depot in focus as well as the train.

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