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Frank P. Luongo
 

Two Bridges over troubled water?


 
 
In these 2 photos I was not going for a "Home Run": but merely practicing exposure.The skies came "washed out"as I was exposing for reflected light in the river.Altered sky a bit in PS 7.

My question is would a GND filter help when you need to have detail in shadows and midtones(reflected light on water) in addition to a ccolorful sky?


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12/21/2004 7:45:55 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  I think in these 2 pictures you need to take the lens cap off...:-)

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12/21/2004 7:50:12 AM

 
Bob Cournoyer
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  Well, the first time I looked at this page there were no pictures....they must've still been loading....my apologies...:-(

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12/21/2004 7:52:33 AM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  I'm not certain anything would have helped these pictures as they are very boring.

You need a "something" to enliven the scene, like a barge or a small boat [preferably with a person wearing a red jacket.] Just something!

The first pic also cuts off part of the bridge, not really great.

Also, suggest you ask questions on original pics, not those altered in Photoshop.


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12/21/2004 9:12:35 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker  
 
 
First, I will answer your question. Yes, a graduated ND filter would help the sky. There are several stops difference between the foreground and the sky so one or the other is going to be lost without some help.

Second, I wouldn't call your picture boring, but there are things you could do to improve it. You do need something in the foreground as well as some help with the sky. Take a look at this picture and you will see what I mean. This is not a great photo but it is not bad.


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12/21/2004 12:23:03 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker  
 
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Sorry, I didn't get image loaded. Here it is, I hope.


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12/21/2004 12:32:43 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
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To get more sky color,...and keep the foreground from darkening, the sky needs to be DEEP blue, and the sun needs to be at your back.
With the sun behind you, the bridge and landscape will be illuminated pretty close to the light reflected off a distant blue sky...(maybe a half/stop to a full stop difference,...but certainly tolerable.)
In this scenario, you could meter off the sky with confidence.

As to your composition, I agree with the others that it needs something in the foreground.
A good background is nice, but it can be improved upon with a point of interest which compliments the background, and gives the viewer something with which to associate.
The enclosed example was shot at a beach near my home at first light.

Hope this helps.


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12/21/2004 3:01:39 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Great photo Bob.


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12/21/2004 3:08:29 PM

 
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