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12-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Lens: Smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Camera: Pentax K-r Photo Location: https://www.pentaxforums.com/gallery/images/54210/large/1_Reef.jpg[/IMG] ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F8 

Another attempt on a newly acquired K-r, any constructive criticism will be appreciated...

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12-11-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Unless the picture is tilted intentionally, I'd level the horizon. Also, move the horizon line up or down (depending on whether you want to emphasize the sky or the beach) rather than right in the middle. It's a pretty sky and nice colors, but not an overly captivating foreground (the tidal pools are nice though)... If you wanted to emphasize the foreground maybe lower the camera a little and get a shell or some driftwood or something in the shot.

Did you use ISO 400 intentionally? If you have enough light you should always use the lowest setting you can get away with (and with a tripod you should be able to use 100 and still get away with a small aperture).
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I'd crop 15-20% out to leave more of just the tidal pools and not the mud/rock in the immediate foreground. Straighten out the horizon line and you have yourself a nice shot! Like nosliwmit said above me, use as low of an ISO as you can get away with. I'm assuming this was shot somewhere between 18-35mm, correct? You can very easily handhold a shot as slow as 1/70 or 1/100th with that focal length. If you have an opportunity to retake the picture, try dropping the ISO to 100 and the shutter speed to 1/500.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I am a newbie so there is a learning curve ....

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Definitely! Just keep shooting and you'll pick it up quickly. Read about the rule of thirds, composition and shooting techniques.
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Whenever I see a tilted image (that has no need to be tilted) I think SOOC jpg shooter who does not like to post-process :-)

I like the shot but a little of the foreground could be cropped, perhaps.
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Everything of importance has been said. Still I would like to put emphasis on the previously mentioned hint, that even wide landscapes (in most cases) need a foreground. It adds depth to the image and turns it from a rather flat projection to an image with depth.
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