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First proper attempt at landscape photography

PKW

Standard Member
Hi there,

I hope everyone had a great Easter

I've had a DSLR now for around 10 months, it is the Canon 550D and i'm absolutely loving it.

Whilst on holiday last week I had my first proper attempt at some landscape photography. This, I think, is my best image. I used a polarising filter to bring out the blue in the sky which I think has worked well. As i'm new to this sector of photography I would be really grateful if you could give me some feedback and areas to improve.

Cheers,

Phil
 

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BluChrome

Active Member
That's a nice composition.

Can you give the EXIF data for the capture? Looks like a wide'ish aperture as it's not sharp front to back.
If you are looking for a sharp landscape you need to be shooting with a high aperture, which may require a tripod with your filter reducing available light.
 

PKW

Standard Member
That's a nice composition.

Can you give the EXIF data for the capture? Looks like a wide'ish aperture as it's not sharp front to back.
If you are looking for a sharp landscape you need to be shooting with a high aperture, which may require a tripod with your filter reducing available light.

The EXIF data is:

Focal length: 20mm
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: 5.63
F number: f7.1
ISO: 100

Perhaps I got the aperture settings slightly wrong?
 

f6cvalkyrie

Well-known Member
Hi Phil,

the image has a lot of good caracteristics : composition, colour, exposure, use of pol-filter, all goes well.

What I regret is the focus. The tree (it's the main subject, isn't it ?) is not in critical sharp focus. Focus seems to be quite a bit behind the tree.
You could either stay with 5.6 aperture and focus on the tree (you'll get the background a bit more OOF) or change the aperture to 11 or so, to get more DOF and make the tree look sharp.

Just my 0.01 Eurocent, Phil :laugh:

C U,
Rafael
 

Killwilly

Active Member
With a polarizing filter on that lens and camera you would have probably been better using f11, or even higher. I like the composition, well done.:thumbsup:
 

PKW

Standard Member
It's a bit weird really because this photo on my laptop is actually really sharp, I have it as my desktop background, it's really sharp there, but it seems as i've uploaded this image I may have decreased quality to ensure it can be uploaded.

I've uploaded it again below with higher quality settings when downsizing image size, hopefully it will show the sharpness.

Cheers
 

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BluChrome

Active Member
The EXIF data is:

Focal length: 20mm
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: 5.63
F number: f7.1
ISO: 100

Perhaps I got the aperture settings slightly wrong?

I wouldn't say wrong, I don't thing there is a wrong in these things! It's still a beautiful shot. Just might have benefited from a smaller apperture, f11+ and focus somewhere in the middle ground.

Nice one! :thumbsup:
 

Strobe

Well-known Member
It's a nicely composed shot. I think you can get over-critical on sharpness - it doesn't look particularly soft to me. Having said that, with landscape you do usually want to get as much of the scene in focus as possible which usually means smaller apertures - as a general rule, I don't shoot below F11. With wider focal lengths, if you shoot with a small aperture, F11-F13, focus a third of the way in to the scene, then more often than not, most (if not all) of the scene will be sharp.
 

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