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Old 03 December 2005, 09:41   #1
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Guess what happened next...

As the title says. Taken at Hilton Harbour today (03/12/05) about 400 yds from my hoose.

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Old 03 December 2005, 09:43   #2
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Taken a few seconds BEFORE the previous photograph...

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Old 03 December 2005, 09:55   #3
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Cracking pictures Keith.
Suffering for your art.
Hope your camera didn't get wet unless it's waterproof of course.

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Old 04 December 2005, 19:09   #4
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What happened next

Did you get soaked?

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Old 04 December 2005, 19:29   #5
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Keith - I think you should be banned from posting anymore photos - you are going to end up costing me over 500 on a camera at this rate

Is there some kind of standard excuse letter I can download and print off for the wife that explains why I need to spend that kind of money on a camera

Cracking photo as usual. (well the one taken before the wave hit was anyway) That effect of movement you get in the water is fantastic.

I assume tripiod and long exposure were used with graduated filters again to stop the sky from being too bright.

I hope you didnt suffer too much damage to your equipment.
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Old 05 December 2005, 05:11   #6
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Hi Robin and The Jackeens

Fortunateley the camera stayed mostly dry, but my feet did get a bit wet!

Roycruse,

What a good idea, I may just compose such a letter and make it a download from my website.

Okay, lets get technical on the photographs (those not interested can skip the rest of this post).

The 'Splash' photograph - 1/125 sec, f6.7, iso 400, Auto White Balance, evaluative metering. The shutter speed was enough to 'freeze' the water splash. I had just taken the filter off and the camera off the tripod and stepped forward to take the picture.

The second harbour photograph (which was taken first) - 1/3 sec, f22, iso 100, AWB, evaluative metering. The exposure is not very long as it was a dark day and I used a small aperture and a slow iso rating. This was enough to give a slight feeling of movement to the water. The camera was tripod mounted and I was also using a graduated neutral density filter to bring out the detail in the sky.

I have uploaded an example of a more dramatic long exposure taken from the side of the harbour - 6 seconds, f16, iso 100, AWB, evaluative metering, Cokin P.154 neutral density filter. The use of a small aperture and slow iso rating lengthen the exposure, but the ND filter (note NOT a 'graduated' filter) extended the exposure to 6 seconds. This gives the water the 'misty' effect.

I have uploaded another example taken on a bright sunny day. This required 3 ND filters to extend the exposure time to 13 seconds to get a simmilar effect.

Just so that you can see the diference this makes I have also uploaded an example taken during the same session where I wanted to 'freeze' the wave action - 1/125, f6.7, iso 400, AWB, evaluative metering, hand held (no tripod).

I hope that I have made this understandable.

I took about 140 photographs during the session (about 1 hour). I could not have afforded to do this with a film camera. Digital photography is not an excuse to be lazy and take so many photographs that one will work. It is an excuse to EXPERIMENT and to use your imagination.

There you go Roycruse - you will SAVE MONEY by buying a digital camera.

Best of luck.

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Excellent photos Keith. The sea photos really show the effects that can be achieved by varying the settings. I have had some fun over the last couple of years with a Canon A70 which I have used only in its preset modes. Too much rough treatment has caused the demise of this camera and like others who have posted I am thinking of upgrading to a more serious bit of kit and more importantly learning how to use it properly. I spend a lot of weekends in very scenic coastal area and would love to create some good images. I have bought a few mags but these focus heavily on equipment reviews and adverts. Can you or anyone else recommend some reading material that will give me an introduction into using digital cameras without getting too technical too quickly and putting me off. I broke my collar bone last weekend mountain biking so have 6 to 8 weeks in a sling to look forward to. Reading up on and possibly purchasing and practicing with a camera might go some way to keeping me sane.
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just found this on amazon - looks like a good place to start

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...roduct-details
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I took about 140 photographs
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Is that 140 different images, or did you "autobracket" any or all of them?
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