Cardiff Bay - My first photos on here!

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  1. grandslam

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    Hi all,

    As a new member I been impressed by entries by other members so I thought I would have a go myself for the first time on here!

    Here are a few shots after a stroll around Caridff Bay yesterday with the family.

    cheers,

    Grandslam.

    Nikon D200, 18-70mm lens.
     

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    Really like the railings…what are they bicycle stands?

    Motobug :smashin:
     
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    Yes,

    they are bike stands, which give a nice shadow....
     
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    Nice to have some more of the welsh contingent here...welcome:hiya: .Great first set mate.....And I love the username;) :smashin:
     
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    Croeso!

    I like these - Nice composition on all of them. Look forward to seeing more of your photographs. :smashin:
     
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    Thanks everyone... 'diolch yn fawr' !
     
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    Nice pics.

    I love the bay area and Cardiff in general.

    Nice to see someone else's perspective on it.
     
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    Thanks Manic,

    It's become a popular area to visit, particularly when the Millenium Stadium was hosting finals etc when Wembley was being constructed.

    Here's a link to my new flikr website, hope you enjoy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/grandslam

    regards,

    Grandslam
     
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    Tenby Beach and Millenium Centre for me!

    Bob, and indeed, on!

    (Please do not take this to be technical praise as I'm about as good a photographer as Ray Charles!!!)

    I like the pics though!
     
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    Some very well composed and sharp photos there grandslam :thumbsup:
    Look forward to seeing more of your pictures :)
     
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    Those are an excellent start :)

    The composition with the bike stands is imaginative, the building has superb colours and clarity and I can see what you're trying to do with the Opera house.

    1st tip after this round of shooting - metering modes & exposure compensation.

    Take photo 2. The whole thing's a little bit dark. We probably want it the brightness of the area in the top right - the exposure up there is great.

    You've remove the exif info from your picture, so I'll have to take a guess, but the info should apply anyway.

    What's happened is that your camera has read the brightness level from the entire scene. It's detected that there's a large 'flare' of brightness where the sun shines off the metal. As this is in the middle of the shot, it decides that it's an important area and has set the exposure for this, making the rest of the shot look dark.

    You've got 2 options. The first is to 'spot meter' on an area of the scene that has the brightness you want displayed correctly - probably the RHS of the building, maybe even the text. You'll lose detail in the flared out section, but you've done that already tbh. The rest of the shot will be much brighter.

    The second option is to use exposure compensation to add a little bit more brightness. Your camera is telling you that it thinks the exposure should be X. You look at the shot and say 'yeah, but you're being fooled by that really bright bit in the middle, it's actually darker than all of that. Make the exposure X +1EV' The brightness will come up by 1 stop and your shot will come out much better :)
     
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    Brammers,

    Thanks for that advice, it's very welcome and applicable to my shots.

    Had my metering set on matrix metering without any compensation.

    The difference in the roof colour does however alter depending on whether there is direct sunlight falling on it, but I know where you are coming from, as I live only about 5 miles away I will try what you suggest and experiment.

    many thanks for the advice,

    Thank you (Diolch)

    Regards,

    Grandslam
     

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