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Old Dec 3, 2009, 7:50 PM   #1
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Well, Dwain - That's a tough one...and I am probably sticking my neck out here...

The top halve of the picture is typical "Dwayn"-like in every aspect. Well composed, well lighted, well detailed in all its sharpness and the mystical light across a landscape which only you are able to catch or create. Perfection into the last detail. And I like it. I have always liked your shots because they bring beauty, together with a special halo of mystery to the viewer.

This time, I am torn between applauding and asking you to crop some of the water off the bottom.

A crop which is note easy to make, because it will leave only the white water and you need the contrast between the white and the dark water for it to be vibrant and in motion.

Somehow the picture is now devided into two equal panes, 50% with land and 50% with water. And that equal share is bothering me somewhat. What I would have liked - but its too late for that now - a bigger share of wood, roocks, etc above the water. Maybe 2/3 landmass and 1/3 water-mass?

Just my humble opinion, and I am in no way a proper critique but thats what I feel, when looking at this picture.

One day I want to become near as good as you are now....


BTW - Which lens are you using on your Nikon D80?
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Old Dec 4, 2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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It is another stellar shot. I have to mirror Walter's comments on the crop. I find my eyes wanting more of the top part and much less of the water. Perhaps a portrait angle rather than a landscape for this one. I also notice that you do not sign your name on your work....you should. When your photos get copied and sent around, your name should also get that recognition you deserve.
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Well, Dwain - That's a tough one...and I am probably sticking my neck out here...

The top halve of the picture is typical "Dwayn"-like in every aspect. Well composed, well lighted, well detailed in all its sharpness and the mystical light across a landscape which only you are able to catch or create. Perfection into the last detail. And I like it. I have always liked your shots because they bring beauty, together with a special halo of mystery to the viewer.

This time, I am torn between applauding and asking you to crop some of the water off the bottom.

A crop which is note easy to make, because it will leave only the white water and you need the contrast between the white and the dark water for it to be vibrant and in motion.

Somehow the picture is now devided into two equal panes, 50% with land and 50% with water. And that equal share is bothering me somewhat. What I would have liked - but its too late for that now - a bigger share of wood, roocks, etc above the water. Maybe 2/3 landmass and 1/3 water-mass?

Just my humble opinion, and I am in no way a proper critique but thats what I feel, when looking at this picture.

One day I want to become near as good as you are now....


BTW - Which lens are you using on your Nikon D80?
Thank you very much for the kind words and excellent c&c Walter !
I appreciate it ! I use a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, my only lens I own
as it is a do everything nature lens for me. I wanted to go featherlite in
the woods and carry only one lens. Also the (VR) allowed me to go tripod
free reducing more weight I carry in the woods. Awesome lens (all purpose
focal length).

In the case of this image (1/6 second @ f/8) and slow shutter speeds
I just put my D80 on a flat rock or the ground and use the self timer.
My photo "The Sleeping Giants" was done this way also using no tripod
and the VR turned off when the camera is placed on the ground. Thanks
again Walter !

http://dwayneoakes.zenfolio.com/p646...ze=2#h365e39a9

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It is another stellar shot. I have to mirror Walter's comments on the crop. I find my eyes wanting more of the top part and much less of the water. Perhaps a portrait angle rather than a landscape for this one. I also notice that you do not sign your name on your work....you should. When your photos get copied and sent around, your name should also get that recognition you deserve.
Thank you very much for the comments spy ! Good point on the signature and hopefully my "style" we be a form of a signature also.

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...using no tripod
and the VR turned off when the camera is placed on the ground.
Thank you for answering my (nosy...!) question, Dwayne. I always wondered why one should turn of the VR in such a situation. It says so in most manuals and other tutorials but it never says why!

BTW - I have admired your pictures and your special look for some time now, and your postings have been a special inspiration for me to make this here shot in 'your style'. I hope you don't mind me posting this in your thread.



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Old Dec 8, 2009, 7:32 AM   #7
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Don't mind at all Walter. Wow your photo looks great ! Keep up the great
work ! As for the VR, when you press the shutter button half way down
a small servo motor will be activated in the lens, adding a small vibration
to one or more of the len's elements inside the lens which will counter any
of the photographer's shake movements. Basically it acts like a gyro.

When you place your camera on a tripod or the ground there is no
photographer's shake movements so there is nothing for the VR to
counter which in this case the VR can actually soften your photo because
it is virbrating the len's elements "shaking your lens" and nothing to counter.
So that is why the VR is turned OFF when you use a tripod or place your
camera on the ground.

Note: For hand held camera use,

I have found VR works best if you get the shot off quickly right after you
half press the shutter and get an AF (auto focus) lock and the VR is
activated, with VR Nikkor lens you will hear a little click when it
activates take the shot right then don't wait as the VR performace
starts to slide a tad. Hope this makes sense Walter and thanks for
the support !

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Thank you so much for taking the time to expain, Dwayne - now it all makes sense. You learn something new every day!


BTW, your "Sleeping Giants" is Top Notch!
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