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My recent purchase (G9) coincided with a family vacation to Hawaii. I drove my wife nuts, stopping every few minutes to photo something and fiddle with the camera..

I am a newbie and have posted some of the select pics from this trip. I have no aptitude yet for PP, so I only captured JPEGs. These were captured mostly using P mode, ND filter and "expose to the right" using the live histogram. I mostly considered composition in the photos, because that it the only skill I feel I have right now. Geting used to the camera though..

Critique here or at the album is welcomed, especially by the experienced.I have put my own comments on the pics as well..

Http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/BertDicks/SelectedHawaii..

Comments (14)

I would say these are good (for the skill level too) and it shows that you pay attention to the technical/compostional aspects of photography. I think that images 8 and 9 have the most potential. I don't know if the G9 has it, but there should be a RAW+JPEG option. Handy for when you learn RAW - you can go back and delete the JPEGs or create better ones on your computer. RAW really isn't so hard. I started out shooting RAW even when I didn't have that much experience with it I could end up in this situation...

Comment #1

Thanks for your feedback Glitched. I guess in hindsight I should have enabled RAW from when I took it out of the box. I was concerned about the number of pics and memory space required. I only have a 4GB card, but managed to take over 650 JPEGs on this trip (many of the same subjects, simply changing settings)..

May I ask why you have highlighted those two pics?.

Thanks again.....

Comment #2

I'll agree that your compositions work well here Bert..

I know you're not into PP yet, but some simple processing would make an enormous difference to the impact of most of your images. The lighting conditions are challenging in most of your captures, which makes it harder to get punchy images straight out of the camera. Simple things like basic levels adjustments would pull the black details down to where they should be for much higher contrast. Shaded areas also mean low colour saturation and that can easily be increased in PP. Do you have an image editing program? It will undoubtedly include some simple ways to increase the impact of your images..

Cheers from John from Adelaide, South AustraliaJohn Harvey Photography http://johnharvey.com.auCanon 40D, Canon 20D & Fuji F10..

Comment #3

I like the composition on most of these shots, and I particularly like 8, and 11. Technical perfection can make a good shot better, but it can't improve a badly-composed one..

You seem to have a good eye..

Marion..

Comment #4

I appreciate your time and comments, all are helpfull..

I have applied some "corrections" using Picasa. I agree that they are more vibrant and colorful, almost a 3D effect and I may have unknowingly challenged myself with the lighting on several. I guess I am a purist, thinking that PP is cheating of sorts by manipulating the images, that will have to change. Didn't photography capture hearts and minds before Photoshop?.

I have posted a new album of "digitally assisted" images, which is itself a vast topic of conversation..

Http://picasaweb.google.com/BertDicks/Post_processed_pics..

Comment #5

MadrasG9 wrote:.

I appreciate your time and comments, all are helpfull..

I have applied some "corrections" using Picasa. I agree that they aremore vibrant and colorful, almost a 3D effect and I may haveunknowingly challenged myself with the lighting on several. I guess Iam a purist, thinking that PP is cheating of sorts by manipulatingthe images, that will have to change. Didn't photography capturehearts and minds before Photoshop?.

I have posted a new album of "digitally assisted" images, which isitself a vast topic of conversation..

Http://picasaweb.google.com/BertDicks/Post_processed_pics.

People who refuse to process are denying the potential of their creations for an esoteric benefit that I don't see. People like images based on the images themselves and (mostly) not on the knowledge of how they were processed. The fact that an image has or hasn't been processed is irrelevant to me and heaps of others. Ansel Adams is famous for his darkroom work, which is no different from what we do in Photoshop with our digital images..

For your camera to create JPEGs, it applies processing to the RAW data in the camera according to the processing settings you set up in the camera. Processing on your computer instead of or in addition to the in-camera processing is just part of the overall process..

Cheers from John from Adelaide, South AustraliaJohn Harvey Photography http://johnharvey.com.auCanon 40D, Canon 20D & Fuji F10..

Comment #6

Congrats on your joining and sharing your experiences. This is actually my first post so it accomplishes two things: (1) salutations, welcome to photography (2) welcome to us both at the forum. I will have to post some shots myself once I find out how...Cheers!..

Comment #7

Hello and good to hear from another newbie. For posting I have only used a link to an online album at Picasa. That program also lets you perform some image editing functions. You can download the application, just google "picasa"..

Look forward to seeing some of your pics..

Cheers,.

Bert..

Comment #8

After viewing your galleries, I take back my words and must rethink my sentiment on PP. Your work is amazing..

Cheers,.

Bert..

Comment #9

MadrasG9 wrote:.

After viewing your galleries, I take back my words and must rethinkmy sentiment on PP. Your work is amazing..

Cheers,.

Bert.

Hi Bert. Thanks for your comments. I'm sure you can easily find lots of work you find amazing out there, and I would expect all or at least the majority to result from judicious PP. It's taken a lot of time and effort to figure out what I now know and I still have a lot to learn, but we all start somewhere. I'm a big fan of getting into the basics of post processing at least. Once you start, I expect you'll find the results rewarding enough that you won't want to turn back.



Cheers from John from Adelaide, South AustraliaJohn Harvey Photography http://johnharvey.com.auCanon 40D, Canon 20D & Fuji F10..

Comment #10

I am by no means a pro, but I've been a serious amateur for a number of years. Doesn't mean I'm any good though, so you can chuck these comments if you want..

I could not seem to post comments on the picture pages, even though I was signed in to Google. Maybe something on my end..

Here are my observationsrealize I'm being picky and that many of these are probably fine without my 2 cents..

1. I like the building. I can't tell exactly what your subject is. Is it the trees or the building? I think they both make for interesting subjects but they compete too much here I think. I would like to see something for my eye to settle on rather than jumping back and forth. I would pick your subject of focus and make your photo draw the eye to it..

2. The fish colors are cool. Nice contrast. This would highly benefit from a polarizing filter to minimize the glare from the water. I don't know if you can put one on your camera or not. Composition wise I like it.

A little odd..

3. I really like the sunset. Seems a bit dark on my monitor and I lose the silhouette. Nice composition. Foreground, mid, back..

4. Bridge. This is similar to #1 in that I'm not really drawn to anything in particular. I also feel a little cramped. Who knows. The waterfall, a nice feature, is hidden in the shadow.



5. Interesting. I still feel a little cramped. I don't know if it needs more of the waterfall and fewer trees maybe?.

6. Composition is much better here. My eye goes up the water to the bridge (or from the bridge down), though I would like to see a little more foreground of the rocks. A hard light to shoot under washes it outmaybe you fixed that in PP somewhat, I haven't looked at the PP pics..

7. Nice slow shutter usage to get motion on the water rather than frozen in time. I like this one a lot. I still find myself feeling a little cramped as though I want it just a touch wider. Don't know if that would be good though since I don't know what the rest of the scene looks like..

8. I like it. Colors a bit washed, but that can probably be remedied in PP.

9. No focal point for me on this one. You would think the path leading off would draw my eye, but the mountain centered in the back gets all my attention. Hard to get the bright sky and dark earth to expose right too..

10. Interesting creatures. Looks like difficult lighting/slow shutter led to a bit of blur from camera shake? I like the subject though..

11. Sea stars. I like it. Uneven lighting I think distracts. But just for me maybe..

12. Nice flower. Not much color or contrast though..

Ok, well I only made comments I think you can consider next outing and maybe the shots will be even betterin my amateur opinion..

Keep shooting and have fun with that camera..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #11

Thank you for reviewing. I was interested to here the statements about being "crowded" and nothing to focus on and when I looked at the pics as I read your comments I was in agreement. I will pay more attention to forground in landscapes and also be more aware of competing elements in the frame..

Cheers,.

Bert..

Comment #12

I almost forgot, I know the feeing about the wife being bugged every time I had to stop and fiddle and shoot this and that..

My solution? Get her a nice camera of her own. Now sometimes I'm the one getting bugged because she is off shooting. And she's even asking what aperture she should use to best get the depth of field, if I think she should use exposure compensation, how much, etc. Once you get a DSLR you realize how much you have to learn. But now we learn together. Fun..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

Comment #13

Ha ha, great solution!!! Kinda the reverse of "if you can't beat em, join em".

Actually she (and my daughter) were both quite patient. They waited for 20 minutes or so on the sidewalk in Lahaina, Maui as I tried to catch a long exposure of a wave creaping across the beach. The black lava rocks sitting on the tan colored sand stopped me in my tracks..

I may need to arouse her interest by first producing some impressive shots myself, but I agree that this is a great hobbie to share with others. Maybe this gives me a chance to upgrade to DSLR and her my shiny new G9. No, she'll want the new one..

Cheers,.

Bert..

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