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He's asking for critique on that photo, none of that was there to be spiteful, it's just a nudge in the right direction. Smothering him in praise will just inflate his ego and he'll end up stagnating in terms of skill and composition.
I know! I do have ALOT to learn and its nice to some critique to help me improve. (:
post #17 of 30
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And those are just a few possibilities, but for someone with just 1 week of photographic experience it's quite an achievement already. I would have been well pleased with myself if I could muster such a shot within the 1st week of taking up a camera, let alone a wide lens used in a night shot.
You are too kind sir..

For me a tripod is invaluable as i like taking long exposure shots at low ISO speeds. I just got myself a cable release yesterday to reduce camera shake.

Just went out to take some more shots today, and here are the results :



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-first attempt at stitching tgt a HDR shot
post #19 of 30
Your composition of the 2nd and 3rd photo are very well thought out. The 3rd one is poster material I would say
post #20 of 30
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Your composition of the 2nd and 3rd photo are very well thought out. The 3rd one is poster material I would say
Thank you (:

Although i think the last picture of the city skyline could have been taken at a better time (dusk perhaps.) As you can see the sky in the top left hand side of the picture is rather dark...
post #21 of 30
You're doing HDR photos already?! Nice! Keep up the good work.

The 17-40/4L takes nice photos indeed. It's a shame Nikon don't make any low power F4 lens. It's either ultra-slow, or ultra-expensive 2.8s
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i think the last picture of the city skyline could have been taken at a better time (dusk perhaps.) As you can see the sky in the top left hand side of the picture is rather dark...
The dark side on the left can be cropped out. In many cases the eyes focus on the attractive part of a scene and ignores issues that are later identified as imperfections. That's when cropping afterwards comes into play.
But self criticism is a good thing and makes for a better person and photographer. So don't abandon that principle from your photographs.

On a related note: I saw a documentary last of a South African adventurer/photographer who got bitten by a cobra whilst trying to take the perfect shot of the snake striking at his camera! He was rushed to hospital and they barely had time left to give him an antidote and save his life. You would think that the guy would have been glad to have survived to ordeal, but no!?! He discharged himself from hospital and drove straight back to the same place where he had been bitten in order to try to find that cobra again. He did, and went about taking more shots in order to improve on what he had already taken.
That's taking the art a bit too far, but I guess that good shots with obvious danger involved in taking them can fetch a high price from magazines etc.
post #23 of 30
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Thanks guys for the encouragement!

The 17-40/4L is indeed a nice piece of kit, very much a keeper!

@ Herandu - That cobra dude is seriously hardcore. Luckily i'm more interested in landscape photography at the moment LOL.

Photography is indeed very addictive ( i would dare say even more so than this audio hobby! ) I look at things differently now. For example, before i got into photography, i would look at a nice tree and think, "wow, nice tree!" Now i look at it and think "wow, nice tree! How would i frame it into my shot?"

While out shooting yesterday i took many shots in which quite a significant number came out not quite as good as i expected them to be, but with those shots that did, that is what makes it so rewarding, ain't it? (:

It's fun ( but oh so very expensive. ) and i hope i'll learn as i slowly progress.
post #24 of 30
i love my 17-40 f4L... excellent lens and wouldent trade it for anything... heres some random things ive shot with mine





post #25 of 30
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Hi flecom,

i like the shot of the city skyline, the high vantage point adds impact esp. to the background.

What camera are you using by the way?
post #26 of 30
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i love my 17-40 f4L... excellent lens and wouldent trade it for anything... heres some random things ive shot with mine

[img]http://flecom.fragmachines.com/gallery/gal/FLEM-03-01-08/E5DD1371_filtered.jpmg]

[img]http://flecom.fragmachines.co0963_filtered1024.jpg[mg]
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Nice work on these. The lighting and composition of the second one are particularly awe-inspiring.
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by Wil View Post
Hi flecom,

i like the shot of the city skyline, the high vantage point adds impact esp. to the background.

What camera are you using by the way?
thanks, i have a Canon 1D

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Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY View Post
Nice work on these. The lighting and composition of the second one are particularly awe-inspiring.
thanks!

i really love the way that pic came out and use it as my wallpaper actually

i wish i would have had a tripod to try and do an HDR image but i didnt have one with me
post #28 of 30
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i love my 17-40 f4L... excellent lens and wouldent trade it for anything... heres some random things ive shot with mine



i love this one
post #29 of 30
if anyone wants a larger version

http://flecom.fragmachines.com/%5bh%...ltered1600.jpg

and the EXIF

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post #30 of 30
The 17-40L is, besides the 50mm 1.8, my only lens. And it's utterly brilliant.

I don't mind the F4.0, though F2.8 could've come in handy from time to time. Luckily the 30D that I use isn't that noisy on high ISO values. The 17-40mm range is perfect for my needs, though I do want something that's even wider from time to time.

Good to see you so enthusiastic about the lens and photography. About the photo's; the first isn't sharp and the last is slightly tilted to the right. I do love the last shot though, the reflections are great.

Enjoy it!
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