My first ever attempts. C&C welcome.....

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  1. Phil Hinton

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    Ok, so I have never taken photography seriously before, my main interest is video production. However, the two certainly do cross over, yet I'm more used to finding my way around a pro video camera than a stills camera.

    However I felt it was time to get hold of a half decent camera and recently bought a Nikon D90. One of the reasons for my choice was to use the HD video for insert shots with lens effects for my videos. Saying that though it would be a shame not to learn how to use the camera properly and see if I can try and at least take half decent pictures from time to time.

    These are a result of a three hour drive around the local side roads - interesting in the snow! I welcome any C&C and happy to learn from the vast amounts of knowledge here. I have a feeling the exposures on a few are out and I have yet to find photo software i am happy using so no real touch ups yet. Not sure if I have the eye for this stuff, maybe the subject matter is not that interesting? but please leave your comments.

    Blackhill Co.Durham
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    Derwent Reservoir Co.Durham
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    Edmundbyers
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    Thanks!:thumbsup:
     
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  2. johnaalex

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    Bright sunlight and snow do not make things easy. To be honest the photos are OK, but nothing that really grabs my interest.

    With regard to editing software Capture NX is the best option for Nikon RAW files, but it does not have all the "bells and whistles" that Photoshop does (so I use both in some cases ;)).
     
  3. T0MAT01

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    I think you've done ok. The third one is probably my pick of the lot as it's nicely composed.
    Landscape shots are pretty tricky to do in winter when there isn't much colour about.

    BTW. If you use the [IMGLINK] tags, then your photos wont get resized by the forum software.
     
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    Nothing like going out there and giving it a go..:) ( after CES:rotfl:!)

    I agree that No 3 ( The Derwent reservoir shot) is the standout
    No 1 (Blackhill) is simply OOF in the foreground and doesnt have much of a subject
    No2 is a nice pituresque type image but the combination of Sky and snow have conspired to make it a mixture of blownout highlight + underexposed parts
    Derewent No1 is quite well exposed too but lacks any really arresting subject. No 2 is better in that the buildings show the scale of the reservoir
    I lived in the area ( Consett) for 2 years in the past and know it well.. In the summer it is very pretty and presents many photo opportunities

    In short you did well but as has been said the lack of colour in winter makes landscapes rather challenging to do well. They somehow dont seem to come out as well as the eye sees them
    A little tweaking in software might bring some to life but those without a " subject" as such wont benefit as much from any PP
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    #2 is a decent landscape IMO. It keeps my eye moving around the picture, particularly left to right from the tree to the village.
    What I seem to see in the shots you've posted is a videographers eye. I can imagine each shot being part of a pan across the scene you're looking at, which as a vid shot would probably look pretty good. As a still however, they're lacking the composition to make them interesting. I'll put my comments into perspective though by admitting that I am absolutely crap at landscapes. I see a scene that I find breathtaking and think it must be impossible to not convey that in a photo, but time after time each one of mine looks dull, flat and uninspiring. I guess I just mean that IMO landscapes are hard to get right, so certainly don't be put off if the results don't stimulate as much as intended.
    I really like the last one of the sheep though. I think where you've placed them in the frame with the trees across the centre works really well. It's also a fun photo. Nice one:smashin:.
     
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    Great comments imo.

    I thought exactly the same as James with regard to the panning. Sometimes less is more and is easier on the eye.
    I was up Derwent reservoir last weekend and its not the easiest place to "see" a picture.But as Senu says getting out there is the key.




    And the D90 is more than half decent!

    Get out and post some more.
     
  7. Phil Hinton

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    Wow! Those shots are simply brilliant! Think I need to rethink or re-train how I look at things in terms of a photo. Thanks for sharing, are you up this end of the country? Thinking about looking for a local camera club or photography course.
     
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    Thanks.

    There are only 3 rules
    Composition
    Composition
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    Composition

    just remember its pretty static!

    yes I'm NE born and bred. I'm in the west side of the city.

    Camera clubs get a mixed review on here and to be honest I've learned just about everything on here. Get a Flickr site and join a few groups, post in here and woosh your learning curve takes off. Just watch out for upgraditus. ;)
     

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