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Old Jun 2, 2010, 10:42 AM   #1
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Went away this weekend for my annual Memorial Day Extravaganza with friends from college. An old friend has a house in West Dennis so these were all taken there.

Here are a couple of the shots I like for one reason or another:









Here is a link to my public album where I would like to share the other pictures I have taken.

Biggest problems I feel I am having are developing a good feel for a compelling composition/interesting subject, but in close second is the exposure quality. I shoot mostly in aperture mode (unless capturing motion as in the "whirlygig" pictures), per Kelby's book recommendations, and have used some filters. All pics were tuned with Picasa as Silkypix still intimidates me.

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Old Jun 2, 2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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We don't support HTML in forum posts as you were trying to use originally for posting your images..

You'll need to use BBcode instead. For images, just put [img] in front of a link, and [/img] after a link.

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Your edit using img tags is working (we can see the images fine now).
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Old Jun 2, 2010, 10:59 AM   #4
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We don't support HTML in forum posts as you were trying to use originally for posting your images..

You'll need to use BBcode instead. For images, just put [img] in front of a link, and [/img] after a link.

See this section of a page about BBcode for details:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/mi...bbcode#imgcode

You can also upload images from your hard drive to our servers instead of embedding links to them from a web site. See this thread for details on doing it that way:

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Thanks Jim, I realized that after my original post. I fixed the links to reflect the pictures I wanted visible via BB Code.
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Old Jun 2, 2010, 11:48 AM   #5
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I would say that you are moving along nicel with the FZ-35.

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Old Jun 2, 2010, 12:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the kinds words Sarah, I'm glad I'm progressing properly.

I have some questions regarding this picture:



The picture was taken after noticing, what I thought, was an opportunity for a nice picture, and scrambling around for a couple of minutes trying to set up the camera how I wanted. The end result is, however, not what I wanted. There is no details in the trees, and colors are indistinguishable.

I wish I could remember the exact metering mode I used (most likely Spot or Center-weighted), and definitely aperture priority to reduce the amount of light entering.

But what would have been the correct settings/filters you would have used to get some color in the trees? Is that even possible shooting into the sun?

I also tried and miserably failed to take some pictures of waves in motion while on the beach (mid-day). I took multiple pictures trying different shutter speeds, with the ND filter on/off, but all the pictures looked blown out and I didn't get a single good shot. Is it simply too bright mid-day to get the foaming/flowing-water effect? Any tips on taking such pictures?
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I also tried and miserably failed to take some pictures of waves in motion while on the beach (mid-day). I took multiple pictures trying different shutter speeds, with the ND filter on/off, but all the pictures looked blown out and I didn't get a single good shot. Is it simply too bright mid-day to get the foaming/flowing-water effect? Any tips on taking such pictures?
To prevent blown out exposures, if you haven't already tried them Exposure Compensation settings and the Live Histogram are your friends.

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I tried using Exposure Compensation without any success, as far as Live Histogram, well, I have no idea how to use it to my benefit. Any clues?
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I tried using Exposure Compensation without any success, as far as Live Histogram, well, I have no idea how to use it to my benefit. Any clues?
See post #14 here:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...eginner-2.html

And here:
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If you Google histogram, you can find a lot more info,
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They are all very nice. I like the 4th and 5th most.
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