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Old Aug 20, 2006, 11:41 PM   #1
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I have been lurking around Steve's website for a few years, learning about digital cameras and trying to improve mysnap shots. I decided it was time to upgrade and was leaning towards CanonS3, mostly because ofits zoom lens and image stabilization,until I came across this forum. I passed on S3 and got a DLas we were leaving for vacation and K100D was still not out. The only regret I have is not getting an SLR sooner and missing on manygreat photoopportunities. Well, I am trying to make up for it now.

I have beenreading and learning on this forum just about every day.It's been all "take" and no "give," so Ifinally decided to post some of my shots. None of these have been processed, not even cropped. Even though I've been doing some editing, sometimes I am not sure ifa processed shot is an improvement on the original or not. So please give me your feedback and thank you in advance.

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 2:35 AM   #2
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Quite nice pictures!!

I am not sure what if you could make some of the pictures more saturated. Just have a try using some tools like acdsee or Photoshop.

BTW, what lens are you using?
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Old Aug 21, 2006, 2:58 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and you made a good decision going with the ist DL over the S3. They are comparable in price but the quality and creative capabillity of the DSLR is much better than any point and shoot.

I like the third shot of the rushing water best. It makes me want to be there. Great job capturing the shot of the squirrel. I am no expert and I am sure you know that by cropping you can give some of the shots better composition and "feel". That is where artistic creativity takes over. On my monitor the shots of the children are too vivid to my liking. I have changed the color mode to normal for my shots. It is hard for me to remember, but it is often wise to use flash for daytime shots of people to balance the hard shadows(boy on the beach) and backlit shots(girl playing cards).

Nice shots. Hope my comments help. Post more when you have 'em.


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Old Aug 21, 2006, 5:39 AM   #4
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These shots are lovely, nice and crisp, sharp etc. I too particularly like the third one.

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 9:03 AM   #5
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lenkerry,

re pic #2 and 3.... when I opened the files I thought "hmmmm, looks like my front yard". Then I looked at file name and realized, "IT IS MY FRONT YARD"...

Not literally, just live in the area...

Small world huh???

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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You had a good start by going through the enormous info from this forum.
I particularly like #1, 2 & 6. #6 could be improved if fill flash is used (only if possible). Or it can be taken at a time of the day where harsh sunlight is not there. Said easier than done as the chance to take the kid's pict is gone.
BTW it helps if you can give info on the lens you use. If you took these pict with prime lens (like 50mm 1.4 or 1.7), there will be maneuvre room for improvement. It looks like to me they are from the kit lens 18-55mm. Are they?
Keep posting. They are marvellous pict. Thanks for sharing

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I have been lurking around Steve's website for a few years, learning about digital cameras and trying to improve mysnap shots. I decided it was time to upgrade and was leaning towards CanonS3, mostly because ofits zoom lens and image stabilization,until I came across this forum. I passed on S3 and got a DLas we were leaving for vacation and K100D was still not out. The only regret I have is not getting an SLR sooner and missing on manygreat photoopportunities. Well, I am trying to make up for it now.

I have beenreading and learning on this forum just about every day.It's been all "take" and no "give," so Ifinally decided to post some of my shots. None of these have been processed, not even cropped. Even though I've been doing some editing, sometimes I am not sure ifa processed shot is an improvement on the original or not. So please give me your feedback and thank you in advance.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/7...1506008na9.jpg

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/7...ella521na4.jpg

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/3...ella520tc6.jpg

http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/299...2006979xk6.jpg

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/8...0061505dy1.jpg

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1...0061054fy8.jpg

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/4...2006993fj1.jpg

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/4...2006905tp8.jpg

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9...2006337su5.jpg

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/9...ndom017jb8.jpg

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/5...ndom011ra9.jpg



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Old Aug 21, 2006, 11:28 AM   #7
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I, too, noticed that Lake Isabella filename, being another resident of the Tehachapi mountains and Kern County. I envy you - your Kern River picture sure looked nice - Frazier Park doesn't have rivers like that and was hot yesterday!

Part of your problem is the lighting conditions - very difficult to take good pictures at mid-day. The above suggestions for fill flash (the on-board flash works OK if you are within it's range) is good. You could try processing with photoshop, where you select what you want to be lighter and then lighten it, but it can take a long time and you might not end up with anything better. I'm going to want to look at these on a better monitor - on this really crummy one at work the flowers looked pretty good.
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Old Aug 21, 2006, 12:36 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your comments, especially on the use of the fill flash. I did not even think to use the flash in the bright daylight, but it does make sense to balance the back light.

I believe all the photos I posted were taken with DA 50-200 as I keep it on the camera about 90% of the time. It seems to me that it is a little sharper than the kit lens. While I am trying to fight the LBA bug, I think I would eventually like to acquire a 50mm prime, either 1.4 or 1.7. I would also like a little more reach, especially for the kids sports. Would it make sense to go with a teleconverter or a longer zoom, a 300 mm? Thanks again for all the advice.

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