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A Day out
Posted By: Rudi, 11-20-2008, 02:27 PM

Today we found the time for a long walk with the dogs, needless to say that was a good
opportunity for me to get my new camera and do some practicing in "P mode" and play with the various settings, the light is difficult at the moment
and I am getting a bit disappointed about living in such a nice area and being not
capable to capture it probably. But then again doing, doing, doing....

All images shot with K20D and DA 50-200 F4-5.6ED

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11-20-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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2nd shot is my favorite
11-20-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
Damn Brit

Nice series, you certainly seem to be getting the hang of things. I think it's time to step away fro the P mode now.
11-20-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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I like number 3. a little water dripping from the fruit in the first shot would have helped it alot also its a little soft for my taste's. Just an opinion. the dogs look great. nice composition. # 8 is a nice shot and i agree with damn brit. Get out of the P mode. Your pictures will love you for it.....keep up the good work..


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Thanks for the input. I feel a bit clueless with these conditions at the moment while I am still trying figure out all that stuff. With shot No. 3 I was quite sad, because in real life the light was stunning, but I had the feeling that compared to my other Kit Lens (DA 18-55 AL II) the 50-200 is really not very bright. So I guess I have to figure out whether the results are purely down to me, or if I could improve things with an other Lens.

Saying that, I am going to South Africa in January for at least 3 years and i reckon the Light will be much better there, however one thing I'm quite certain about is that the 200mm won't get me very far down there with regards to Wildlife.

I guess I will just go on Manual settings and figure things out till I am happy, at least a shot doesn't cost anything to "develop" I have started a little "Rudi's Shooting Diary" where write in the settings I've used for a particular shot. Maybe that gets me somewhere.

Once again thanks for the input guys. It's good to get input when you start taking photos.
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Great pics all, but #3 is amazing.
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Some really nice shots Rudi.
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I really like the second image. What did you do to it? Give it a blue tone?

As to the lanscape you are disappointed in, buy a split neutral density filter so you can equalize the light levels between the sky and foreground. Or you you can take two shots and blend them later in any PP program- one for the sky colors and brightness and one for the foreground. If you are going all the way to South Africa, try bracketing your exposures in the direction you think it should go. To retain the lightness in a scene, overexpose; to retain dark areas, underexpose.


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Thanks JMR for the input. I will try the Bracketing and look into getting a Neutral Density Filter.

The image was converted with NIK Silver Efex Pro, it's a preset called Cyanotype. I've tweaked it a bit till I liked the outcome.
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Some really nice pics Rudi. I like #2 the best. The yellow background is a little overwhelming on some but they are all sharp. Nice series.

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