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Old May 2, 2010, 4:19 PM   #11
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Nice series, Gary! Are these straight from the camera?


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Thanks! Yes, just resized down to upload limit. "P" mode and trying to get a handle on ISO & exposure compensation settings. I did use a polarizing filter (found it in my 30 year old SLR camera bag). Don't know if it helped or not.

Really liking the panorama - can't wait to get up to the top of Cadillac Mountain - 1500' above the ocean overlooking Bar Harbor, the mainland and the outer islands

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Default A couple in the yard.....

The only flowers around here right now.....



And the only bird that has been close enough....



Not happy with it - what did I do wrong?
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The only flowers around here right now.....



And the only bird that has been close enough....



Not happy with it - what did I do wrong?
The dandelion is ok... The robin is dead center (usually a no-no), and can use a little fill. It would really do you a LOT of good to pick up Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" - vols 1 & 2. You'll be shooting like a pro within 48 hours... no kiddin!
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Old May 2, 2010, 5:08 PM   #14
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The dandelion is ok... The robin is dead center (usually a no-no), and can use a little fill. It would really do you a LOT of good to pick up Scott Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" - vols 1 & 2. You'll be shooting like a pro within 48 hours... no kiddin!
Gary - I have written down the two books you mentioned, and plan on getting them - the one above also has a volume 3 - any reason I would only need 1 & 2? The other problem would be finding the time to read them!

I just noticed that the Exif data did not upload with these two pics, so you cannot tell what I shot at. I did hold the camera steady on a fence, so I really thought the detail would have been better.
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I had a go at the robin in Picasa. Just a quick crop, a one-click of sharpen.

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Gary - I have written down the two books you mentioned, and plan on getting them - the one above also has a volume 3 - any reason I would only need 1 & 2? The other problem would be finding the time to read them!

I just noticed that the Exif data did not upload with these two pics, so you cannot tell what I shot at. I did hold the camera steady on a fence, so I really thought the detail would have been better.
I found the info in volume three a little redundant but you might find it useful. What IS mode were you using? Were you in full Manual mode? The books are VERY short, non-technical, to the point, and funny. Once you start, you'll finish in no time.
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Very nice. To bad for the haze affecting the long range shots.
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Nice variety of pics. You could try ISO 200 with DR set to 200% to retain some of the detail in the highlights.
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I found the info in volume three a little redundant but you might find it useful. What IS mode were you using? Were you in full Manual mode? The books are VERY short, non-technical, to the point, and funny. Once you start, you'll finish in no time.
I just checked and the ISO was 400, so I'm sure that would be the problem? Should have been 100 or 200. I've had the IS set at "Shooting + Digital" and "P" mode.

Thanks for the sharpening. I have been using Fastone for sharpening, resizing, etc, but I wanted to get opinions on my skills (actually lack of!) straight out of the camera for these pictures.

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I just checked and the ISO was 400, so I'm sure that would be the problem? Should have been 100 or 200. I've had the IS set at "Shooting + Digital" and "P" mode.

Thanks for the sharpening. I have been using Fastone for sharpening, resizing, etc, but I wanted to get opinions on my skills (actually lack of!) straight out of the camera for these pictures.

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That would explain a lot. Drop it down as low as you can go with ISO when you have good light. Ya GOTTA learn to shoot in Manual. You are severely handicapping yourself in Auto or Program mode. It's really easy once you get used to it. I use mode 2 for my IS setting.

Another book you can pick up is "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. I would advise sticking with the Kelby books for now as the Peterson book *may* be a bit too technical at first.
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