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06-21-2015, 07:03 PM   #1
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Geese at Lake Robinson
Camera: K-50 Photo Location: Lake Robinson, SC ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F18 

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Let me know what you think. I really want to get better at this.

06-21-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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Nice panorama, but definitely out of focus. What lens?
06-22-2015, 07:09 AM   #3
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Nice panorama, but definitely out of focus. What lens?
A 55-200mm. This was cropped out of a larger photo, so that probably didn't help.
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Lighting
Nice low early morning light or evening light give a nice glow to the birds.

Subject matter
Without an obvious single point of interest, this is a photo that relies on pattern for its interest. There is no real obvious pattern for me. Patterns such as all birds facing the same way. All facing the same way except for one are two patterns that might generate interest in the viewer. Inclusion of some foreground or background may provide some context.

Composition.
It seems unbalanced to me. This photo is cropped, so without seeing the original, I wonder why the birds in the left are not more in frame.

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QuoteOriginally posted by donspyv Quote
A 55-200mm
Or 55-300mm or 50-200mm? There is no 55-200mm lens.
06-27-2015, 11:19 AM   #6
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Or 55-300mm or 50-200mm? There is no 55-200mm lens.
You are correct 50-200. See, still learning.
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Lighting
Nice low early morning light or evening light give a nice glow to the birds.

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Without an obvious single point of interest, this is a photo that relies on pattern for its interest. There is no real obvious pattern for me. Patterns such as all birds facing the same way. All facing the same way except for one are two patterns that might generate interest in the viewer. Inclusion of some foreground or background may provide some context.

Composition.
It seems unbalanced to me. This photo is cropped, so without seeing the original, I wonder why the birds in the left are not more in frame.
The original.
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The original.
Hi

Nice scene with a foreground (the birds) a middle ground (the shoreline) and a background (the mountains receding into the distance) I believe the photograph here is the whole scene with the birds as an essential element. Without the birds the scene is lacking interest in the foreground. On their own, the birds have little interest for me.

For what it is worth I have done a quick edit in Photoshop elements.

Actions include:
  • Straighten and crop
  • Levels adjustment
  • Contrast adjustment
  • Saturation adjustment
  • Clone out a number of birds on the left
  • Clone out white sheds and comms tower
  • Selective lightening of some of the trees on shore line
This only my take an the scene. Everyone would have a different opinion and see things quite differently. All part of the fun.


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06-27-2015, 09:38 PM   #9
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In general, I find it more pleasing to not have anything around the edges that is distracting. In this image, the geese still swimming into the scene on the left is one of those distracting elements. As Bruce just edited, it looks much more pleasing to have your subject inside of the image with a bit of negative space surrounding it.

When you really start thinking about ideas for 'story telling' (as people overly say haha), you might want to consider the vector of the subject (in this case, which way and speed the geese are moving) as it can give a different impression (aggressive, relaxed, riding off into the sunset, etc)..
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Bruce and mee, Thank you both for your input and you are both correct. I do not have Photoshop, and have been doing all my editing thus far in Silkypix. I must say that Bruce's version of my shot is significantly better than mine, and I will try to keep this all in mind.
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