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Old Feb 1, 2006, 7:42 AM   #1
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that the grass in the foreground isn't too distracting :sad:
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi Steve,

I fear you are, unfortunately! I also feel the highlights are blown on a lot of the photo, and the contrast's a bit lacking. With that kind of subject matter though, I'm sure if you keep shooting you'll get a better shot soon enough!

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Old Feb 1, 2006, 11:05 AM   #3
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Ben said what most of what needs to be said. How did you select your exposure? Did you use matrix metering? Perhaps spot- or center-weighted focusing would help eliminate the blown highlights.

Please go back and shoot more - you have access to some lovely subjects.
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 2:28 PM   #4
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Think you are spot on there Lady - I was playing with the metering and think I may have been on Pattern. Don't know what's happend to the Exif but I'm not seeing it from my home machine.
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I dont think spot/center metering would help here at all, I think it would make it worse. If you meter on the already darker subjects the highlights of the bright reflections would be especially overblown.
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 2:37 PM   #6
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Yes, the highlights are quite blown... Where did you meter for the shot??:?
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 2:39 PM   #7
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I highly disagree with everyones comments, especially the seargents. You just need a bit more experience, the lpicture is nice. Keep shooting!:blah:
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Get the right aperture and this will a great shot. Go back to the scene and try again. Regards. Jaki.
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Old Feb 2, 2006, 12:33 AM   #9
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I rather think the bright reflections from the waves give this a very pleasing look. Without the plants sticking up in the foreground, this would be really terrific. Highlights on momma's head are a bit blown, though. Your EXIF indicates an exposure comp of +2/3s, which may be where the you lost the highlights. The high contrast in this scene also causes some loss of detail in shadows. If you get a chance for this kind of shot again, you might want to bracket and combine for HDR. (your EXIF also say you have PSE 4, which I think does this)

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Thanks everyone for the comments - all duly noted. It was actually the highlights on the water and the grass in the foreground that initially drew me to the shot.
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