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Old Apr 19, 2006, 12:15 PM   #11
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These are the kind of shots which can never go unnoticed.
I especially liked the fourth and the sixth ones.
Btw, congratulations for your wedding.
I think the wedding photographer will have a hard time under the supervision of a competent steve's member!
Hope you can grant us some ceremony photos, too :-)
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Old Apr 19, 2006, 1:24 PM   #12
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Good luck on the wedding plans John!

Some more great images here, I especially like #4: those rocks are just great

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Old Apr 19, 2006, 6:03 PM   #13
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Beautiful shots John. Maybe you're not taking the quantity of photos you'd like to, but the quality is not suffering. Excellent!!......thekman.
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Old Apr 20, 2006, 1:29 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone for looking in and commenting. It really doesn't take much talent to get a nice shot in such a beautiful area.

I will definately post some wedding and honeymoon shots once they are ready...
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Old Apr 20, 2006, 9:17 AM   #15
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Great shots John. #1 and 6 are my favourites.

I got a good giggle from the wedding photographer story. :lol: Talk about working under pressure!

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Old Apr 20, 2006, 11:37 AM   #16
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hey john.

i envy your skill and your location!

i am a coastal person myself having live on or near the western coast of the US my

whole life and can appriciate her beauty and sudden changes of disposition.

all shots are well composed and technically perfect, imo.

#6 has my vote for best.

keep it up!


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Old Apr 21, 2006, 1:39 PM   #17
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All are good, certainly better than many of the photos I have seen in travel books in South African bookshops.

However, I know that you are aspiring to better than that, you'd like them to be gallery quality, and for that I think there are some problems.

I agree with the consensus above... #1 & #6 are certainly the most interesting for me.

Two issues I see:
1. Lack of focal point.
#2-#4, and #1 to some degree suffer a bit from a lack of focal point IMO. #1 is much better though, there is a layered nature to the composition that pulls the eye through the shot.

2. No lead-in from any foreground interest to the distance.
#2-#5 - The vantage point seems a little elevated and although there is some foreground interest I feel it doesn't actually lead the eye into the photo, it's mostly in the nature of a close-up layer that breaks the photo a bit. #2 is better than the rest in this respect, but the elevated vantage point makes the photo look a bit "tourist-y" to me.

#5 does have a focal point, but the composition is a little unsatisfying.

#6 is definitely the best of the bunch. It's a different composition and there is a strong lead-in from foreground to distance. The textures are very strong, and there are good diagonals in the shot making it very dynamic. You shoot RAW right? I'd be interested to see if you could pull any more detail out of the top-right area, I rescued a bit using the shadow/highlights tool. Unsurprisingly the shot works very well in B&W too.

It's really good work John.

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 1:42 PM   #18
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BW looks great too, on balance the colour is probably more interesting, but I sometimes think that most really good landscape shots can work in both.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 1:20 AM   #19
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Thanks for the critique Peri. You are right in your assessment, I do aspire for them to be gallery quality, although I have a long way to go.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"As for #6, I do shoot in RAW mode, and unfortunately was paying more attention to to the shadows and didn't rescue those highlights in the top corner. Thanks for pointing that out and the BW edit looks good too.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 1:29 PM   #20
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John,

Very good combination of various and interesting coast formations, colours and e.g. exposure times. It makes a great series, especially as they are all of the same area.

Well done for taking these and sharing with us. And wishing you and your wife to be all the joy and pleasures a happy future could bring.

Best wishes

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