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  1. #1161
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    Lukas, LOVE the last shot! Fantastic colors
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  2. #1162
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    My contribution - I won't post it here, because even in this highly compressed form it's still a massive image. The real one is over 12,000 pixels wide. So here's a link to it.

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  3. #1163
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnail View Post
    Lukas, LOVE the last shot! Fantastic colors
    Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
    Lukas

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    Great shots everyone.
    Lukas, I really love the sunset shot with the surfer. It's just brilliant.

    Thanks for the comments, Lukas and Sharon. I took the second one with the SB600 on the camera.

    Sharon, I'm glad you like my pictures. I find it a bit hard to give tips and tricks for landscape photography, so I will just try to describe the things I try to do when shooting landscapes.

    First of all, I always shoot in RAW and I expose in such a way that there are very view or no blown highlights. This means that in some situations the image straight out of the camera looks pretty dark. Then, with Capture NX is brighten the shadows and enhance the colours.

    I always shoot at ISO200 with landscapes. The difference between ISO 200 and ISO 400 may not seem to big, but when you try to brighten shadows in a picture, the difference will be much more obvious. ISO400 is actually quite noisy in the shadows.

    Sometimes keeping the highlights mean that the picture is way to dark to work with. Whenever that occurs I use HDR techniques (see my tutorial).

    Now, when composing your picture, I think the most important think is that you create depth. This will make the image seem more three-dimensional. You can create depth in many ways. You can use lines leading your eyes through the frame, you can put something in the foreground, like plants or rocks.
    It can also help to have various layers in your image. For instance, plants in the foreground, a cabin some distance behind it, and mountains in the background.

    It will always strengthen the image if the sky looks interesting. Clear blue sky (unless polarized) or a overcast day, are in my opinion not all that interesting to look at. I prefer half overcast days with contrasty clouds. It also helps shooting around sunset, because the sky will look more interesting.
    Shooting in the hours around sunset will also mean that the scenery is lit by warm light which will give better colours.

    Perhaps the most important think of all is to experiment a lot. That way you will learn to look at a scene from many different perspectives. I found that going back to the same scene over and over again helped a lot. If you visit a scene many times, you will start to look for other angles than the obvious ones. Then, when visiting new scenes you'll find that it is much easier to come up with interesting compostions.

    That's all I can come up with for now. I hope you find it helpfull.
    By the way, if you have any questions or if you would like C&C on a certain picture, you can always send me a PM. I cannot always reply promptly because of being busy with my study, but I will try.
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  6. #1166
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    Thank you, Dennis, for sharing your landscape shooting style/technique, as well as the offer of help/critique via PM. Every little bit of help is always welcomed & appreciated. Not much for freezing, I don't plan on much sunrise/sunset shooting until it warms up here a bit. lol With windchill it was -24 C here yesterday in southern BC.

    At this point, other than occasional cropping and resizing I have little interest in PP until I have learned (sufficiently enough) more about how to get things right (like exposure + wb) in-camera, as well as decent composition w/o having to always crop to achieve a visually pleasing picture. When I am ready to learn about PP, I'll definitely be asking LOTS of questions, as well as studying your HDR tutorial. Also, when I do get into PP I'd like to learn about using CaptureNX, any good simple books available for learning how to use it? I already have some CaptureNX pdf tutorials downloaded for future reading.

    Again, dank je wel, Dennis.
    C & C most welcome - no matter how harsh, as it helps me learn.

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  7. #1167
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    all those pic r great heres mine sunset over montreal
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    I don't think I've posted this one yet. I can't remember anymore. It's from a late December trip up to Humboldt County, CA.
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    Lukas

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  9. #1169
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    Just got a Canon 400D and had to go hit one of my favorite subjects up with some HDR action...



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    super duper

    Wow great HDR
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