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    Not the best but

    Not the best but
    Though this photo is a long way from being crisp/sharp, I am quite liking the bit in the fall that looks like an arrow pointing upwards... this shot can be taken again and again as the wee waterfall is not far away, tripod would have been a godsend and no doubt would have made for a crisper image.. have a look at the shooting info and barring the tripod what/how would one improve on this shot?

    I used faststone for the editing and to be honest I just played with it without much of a clue what it was I was doing, in the ol days of film I would simply send off the film to a reputable lab for processing.. now I can do it meself and this is a first time jobbie though have messed around with the windows live photo gallery edit option with my previous photos, am now playing with a curve and though I can see what happens, have no idea why LOL.

    all criticsism is gratefully recieved and appreciated.. took photos that are mucho better imho yesterday with me camera but want to repeat this one to see how much WE can improve the pic... ignore the date and time on the photo as had to reset the cameras time and date last night to the proper date.. twas shot yesterday 25/11/14 at around 4pm-ish .. sunset was around 16.20pm..

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      Re: Not the best but

      this isnt a joke, is it? great effort but there is blur to the point my eyes are feeling dizzy. adding the blurred waterfal makes a bit woozy as well.
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      Not the best but

      As you already figured out, a tripod is a must for this type of shots (long time exposure).

      could you please list your key EXIF data (camera model, lens, exposure, aperture, etc.) in the post, that would help to comment.

      I think that you could improve the capture (while having the camera on a tripod) by either playing a bit with the aperture, either by using an ND filter.
      I would also try to have more light in the background, in order to show more structure.
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      Re: Not the best but

      Quote Originally Posted by Jerry_ View Post
      As you already figured out, a tripod is a must for this type of shots (long time exposure).

      could you please list your key EXIF data (camera model, lens, exposure, aperture, etc.) in the post, that would help to comment.

      I think that you could improve the capture (while having the camera on a tripod) by either playing a bit with the aperture, either by using an ND filter.
      I would also try to have more light in the background, in order to show more structure.
      I might not be real popular but this is a poorly composed shot. Sorry....but needs lots of work.
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      Re: Not the best but

      I think the OP is well aware the shot needs improvement and perhaps a little premature as the next shot with the tripod would likely be a better object of evaluation.

      It is hard to provide much feedback, becasue the blur affects many other factors including exposure. It looks under-exposed, but may not once there is more detail.

      So, take the tripod and If you can, back up or use a wider angle. That will provide some options when it comes to cropping the composition.

      Try several exposure combinations. If you are using a priority setting, use the exposure compensation to vary the overall exposure..
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      Re: Not the best but

      I do think this is the good thing about photography, we all learn as we go along

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      Re: Not the best but

      As said this shot can and is going to be shot again.. this time 1st december early morning with me tripod and thanks to jerry for giving me the heads up a ND filter.. I never went there to take that shot.. I went to the beach further up wanting to get a sunset and had never driven there before and the road/track there was steep and twisty and few sharp bends, that the big girls blouse in me surfaced and decided to leave early and get to know the road/lane/track that leads there a bit better, having suffered a few punctures from our lanes here decided against it and then went to the beach in the pic as I knew the way back as here dark means dark.. and one has to know where one is going otherwise. so was just snapping around.. twas me first day with the camera.. enthusiasm, excitement and just wanting to play were all the order of the day.. saw it,, thought give it a go and hey ho as said already.. i love the arrow bit.. if one can push past how badly the shot actually is as that can be improved?? to me its quirky, water coming down and an light arrow pointing upwards.. be nice to retain it but dont know if its going to be possible with correct exposure etc... still I am willing to give it a bash... took 75 photos yesters in about 80 mins.. and very enjoyable it was too!!!!!

      So will see what improvements can be made next Monday!

      Not sure about the wide angle lens bit though.. the only lens I have at the mo is the 18-55mm jobbie that came with the d5000... got uv and cpl filters in the post along with lens cleaning kit and the ND filter which I am more than excited about so much so I got that on express delivery and will be here on Friday.. nice one about using the exposure compensation though I am going to have to look up what "priority settings" are LOL... as said only got the cammy yesters
      Last edited by elgato; 11-26-2014 at 09:03 PM.

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      Re: Not the best but

      Hi, so just starting up with that camera

      Based on the EXIF that you PM'd me, that shot was taken at 55mm, thus there is still some margin for a wider shot, while keeping the same distance. However the 18-55 kit lens does not perform very well at the lower end, so suggest not to go lower than 25mm, but anyhow 35mm should be already fine.

      Looking forward for seeing extra shots you will take.

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      Re: Not the best but

      Not the best but
      However the 18-55 kit lens does not perform very well at the lower end, so suggest not to go lower than 25mm, but anyhow 35mm should be already fine.


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      Re: Not the best but

      IF you cant get that arrow effect when you try again, you might try the demo version of this software to deblur your photo Topaz InFocus - Rescue blurred images and sharpen your photos

      I've seen this software demo'd at a camera show and it looked so powerful. (I suppose that comes with practice though)
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