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Old Mar 12, 2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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So I finally decided to try and upload a few of my pictures I have taken to see what advice other people can offer. Not the greatest im sure, but im looking for advice on what to do.
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Old Mar 12, 2011, 5:19 AM   #2
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I find that the contrast between the silhouette of the palm tree and other foliage don't stand out well in the image, especially when set against the sunset-light and clouds of the background sky.
Also, that palm tree is really distracting from what could have been a beautiful sunset !

I wish the light from the sunrise was more hinted, so that everything else in this image takes on a secondary role to the flare created by the rising sun.

Personally, I like slower shutter speeds for shots like this to soften up the water.

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Old Mar 13, 2011, 2:19 PM   #3
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Hi There - I think you have done really well given the low light conditions, not an easy time to shoot. The colours you have captured are lovely. I like the palm tree in the foreground as it makes the shot more interesting and gives the viewer a feel for where you are. I would have been tempted to focus more on the palm tree and crop out the other branches on the right hand side of the photo - just a slight change in composition thats all. Really well done, look forward to seeing more of your posts.
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Old Mar 13, 2011, 5:32 PM   #4
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You got the exposure right, but having the tree dead center violates the rule of thirds. You might try to crop the photo such that the head of the palm tree matches up with an intersection point.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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I agree with Jim. The Rule of Thirds can be broken in very nice ways but this is a good example of the reason for the rule of thirds. The tree just isn't pleasing dead center and the horizon is almost centered from top to bottom as well. Had you put the tree to the right of the frame and then lowered the horizon to include more of the clouds in the top third of the frame I think it would have been much more intriguing picture. I think you did well with the exposure though.

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Old Mar 17, 2011, 10:11 AM   #6
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It's a good first effort, but I agree with the others. Here's my take on it:

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