...love the mood of the night shot, and you've done a masterful job capturingthe wood texture of the boardwalk...
Many thanks - especially coming from someone who has done so much stirling work with the FZ20... :-)
The boardwalk shot was one ofmy favourite of all the photos I took last year. The image was quite a pleasant surprise - in that, even though when I set the shot up I was hoping for something like this look, I did not expect it to turn out this well (especially given that this is essentially the straight shot - with practically no photoshop post-processing). I must admit I felt a bit silly at the time, lying on those cold, dusty boards to get the shot I wanted, but how nice it turned out made all that worthwhile...
With the pelican, not only was I was lucky enough to have almost perfect light for this one, but also he was so intent on watching the surface of the water forsigns of any fish, that he let me get close enough to take this detailed portrait!
Thanks Donna - and regarding metering/exposure, I tend to use a -0.33 exposure compensation most of the time with the FZ20 (ie if I am not using manual - since most of the time I use manual, separately spot-metering each major part of the scene and then setting a median shutter/aperature combination to maximise dynamic range). Most of the time it pays to expose for your highlights (eg on the pelican shot I had a full stop of under-exposure compensation) - since shadow detail can often be brought out, but with digital if the highlights get blown there is often no way to get that detail back. The main problem with under-exposure on the FZ cams is the extra image noise it tends to generate - but that is usually preferable to blowing out the highlights...
Another thing I try to do when framing, which is sometimes not worried about too much these days, is making sure horizons etc are properly aligned. I have heard lots of people say "I don't worry about crooked horizons - I just straighten it later in photoshop". True, this works quite well if required - but you sacrifice a lot of image quality every time you do a rotation that is not a multiple of 90 degrees. Much better to gets those horizontals and verticals nice and square when taking the shot...
I mention this issue in relation to discussion over another of my Dphoto pics:
Thanks also to Roger.