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Old May 12, 2009, 9:09 AM   #1
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Hi all, I've just bought myself a Sony A200 and had my first day out with it at the weekend. I just wanted to share some of the pictures I took with it to get an idea if I'm on the right tracks with DSLR photography.

Your opinions, good or bad, are greatly appreciated.

(BTW, at the moment I only have the standard kit lens to play with)








The only thing I've done with them after taking the pictures was some slight cropping to remove unwanted items at the edges and added borders to them as I personally think it adds something to the shot.

Some absolutely fantastic photography on this site, hopefully one day I'll be somewhere near as good as the rest of you.

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Old May 12, 2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

I love the colors in the first picture, though I wish I could see more of the subject (perhaps there was an obstruction that made you cut him off)

Though simple, the second catches my interest, I think it's well framed, the subject is 'looking' towards the large empty spot on the left.

I look forward to seeing more of your shots!
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Old May 12, 2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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Third shot is a great capture. Two negatives about it are
1) the smaller girl is looking away
2) her hand is cut off

The first shot is nice, but it's a very akward crop. The bird is cut in half (presumably due to obstruction) and the frame is dominated by the background.

Shot 2 doesn't work well for me because the subject blends too much into the background for my tastes. IMO the tiny little waterfall is too small to be of much interest and the rocks in the foreground don't help a whole lot. The shot has nice contrast and sharpness but the frame is a bit too cluttered for my tastes.

On the plus side - I think you're off to a very good start.
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Old May 12, 2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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You're off to a very good start, Whitey. I especially like the shot of the girls. Well posed, good perspective and color. Very nice....and welcome!
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Old May 12, 2009, 1:19 PM   #5
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Thankyou for your comments, sometimes it's difficult to see what's wrong with a photograph. I was really pleased with the focus and colour in all 3 pictures, although I agree that the otter is somewhat lost within the whole scene in the second picture.

The first picture, apart from the added frame hasn't been cropped at all. I had limited space to get the picture, it was taken at Longleat Safari park and there was a small crowd to the left and a member of staff to the right.

The second picture was cropped a great deal, I love the picture but I agree that the otter doesn't stand out as much as I would have liked. I was worried with the amount of cropping that it would become out of focus.

The third picture is my favourite (my 2 daughters), and would have been perfect (to me) had my youngest looked at the camera.

Thanks again for your opinions, I really appreciate it and hopefully I'll learn from them.

Here's another one of the parrot, that I've cropped to try and fill the frame more with the bird (still missing the tailend of the bird though)



I look forward to sharing more and becoming a part of your site here...

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Welcome my friend, I agree with what was said, but still some very nice shots.
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All in all, nice shots.
Kind of says something to make one think of how good the "crappy" kits lens is.
I think a lot of the negative talk is pure rubbish.
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A nice start indeed. The 1st two pictures have lot more in the frame than required but like the sharp focus and large DOF.

Keep up the good work.
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All in all, nice shots.
Kind of says something to make one think of how good the "crappy" kits lens is.
I think a lot of the negative talk is pure rubbish.
Agreed..Robert
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