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03-26-2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Pier at night
Lens: 55mm Camera: K200d ISO: 200 Aperture: F5.6 



a 30 sec. exposure of the pier at the Oceanside beach.

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03-27-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
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I really like the concept, but I feel like there isn't enough in the picture besides the bright lights and the reflections of those lights. Using the 55mm focal length you've left a good bit of landscape surrounding the pier, yet there is very little there. I think the impact of the pier is lost with the amount of dead space surrounding it. My suggestion would be to use a longer focal length or to try cropping out some of the dead space above and to the right of the pier, as well as some below the line of light reflections. If I were to attempt to retake the picture I would try to use a lens that would isolate the pier more and position myself so that the pier and reflections end much closer to the edge of the frame. I think this would take care of that dead space as well.

Now that I've said all of that it's not a bad picture and I'm a humble amateur so my opinions must be taken with a grain of salt
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At the time the only lens I had was my kit lens (18-55mm) and there were bunch of bon fires inbetween me and it so I got about as close as I could. I now have a 105mm macro lens so I'll try that out next time Im out there at night.

I'll post a cropped version later today.


Thanks for the critiques
03-27-2009, 11:38 AM   #4
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Here's cropped version I did real quick. Better, OR should i just trash it since its not that good?



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I would leave the sky and clouds and crop the foreground more, maybe even clipping the nearest lights. I think the lights trailing out of the bottom corner will add depth and lead us into the image. The clouds are sharp and will add interest and color.
I like the idea, but the composition needs adjusting and it could be sharper. I assume your using a tripod, are you using the delay timer or a remote shutter release?

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I used a delay timer... 2 sec.
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