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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a photo I took a few hours ago, about 2 miles from my house. Please feel free to critique, and any comments regarding exposure, preferred camera mode, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Is it all right if I just like it, John? I'm not knowlegable about cameras.




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Beautiful! A haunting winter scene...

From a composition point of view, you have a lot you can play with...I would like to see how it would look cropped so that bottom two-thirds is lake, and the top third is the distant shoreline. I think that 'closing in' the heavy winter sky and filling the space with the subtle blues of the water might enhance the wonderful, lonely, winter-y feel of it, by highlighting the big sweeping distance compared to the smallness of the birds. It has a great atmosphere to it...

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Re: Misty Lake Guntersville

what a great view! Nice capture!

I agree with Fran, you might want to experiment with that crop a bit, try 2/3 sky and 1/3 water, and vice versa.

If you want to get nit-picky, I'd straighten out that horizon for good measure!


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The weather looks like it'll be the same tomorrow, so I'll try again, with different compositions.
I thought I had the bubble level on the tripod pretty well centered. I should pay more attention to the viewfinder, and less to the bubble level.
That was taken with a 17-85mm zoom lens, which has become my most used lens. Maybe I should try with a 50mm lens, too. Less glass in the way of the image might help.

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What a beautiful photo John! I hope it's ok, I had photoshop open, and I experimented a bit. Thought this might make a good memory photo for you, to remember your day spent taking photos at the lake.

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I find it really hard to eyeball "level", personally. Fortunately, it's a simple fix in most photo editing programs.

I've never experimented with different lenses... I mainly use a little point and shoot camera, and I have enough trouble trying to remember everything I need to pay attention to even with that! With lots and lots (and LOTS) of practice I've finally stopped taking pictures of people that make them look like they have trees and telephone poles sticking out of their heads.

I don't think that there are any real compositional flaws with your picture, I love the ethereal mood you captured. Just thinking that a slightly different crop might make for an even more dynamic impact.


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Something I've found VERY useful is the grid feature on my camera LCD display. If you haven't got that feature, then you can get some plastic sticky stuff with very faint lines on it. This will help with the horizons.

Also, remembering the "rule of thirds" is a good idea.

Apart from those, there's not much else to critique

I love the misty atmosphere, and with practice, you'll get some really stunning shots.
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I think it looks great, but I am not good at camera things. Geri, your version is great also.


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Re: Misty Lake Guntersville

I'm with Jeanie. I don't know cameras that well so I just like it. It makes me feel peaceful and I love all the different shades of blue.

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