Beach session - too cloudy! CC please!

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Beach session - too cloudy! CC please!

I went out Thursday a.m. to the beach to take advantage of the storm clouds created by the hurricane as it passed by our coast. I was hoping to get some great shots BUT it was so dark and cloudy that I didn't get any great colors and it was so hard for me to know how to put my settings since I didn't have a tripod.

ANY CC welcome because thankfully this time it was my cousin I was practicing with, but I'd hate to get out there with someone needing a real session and it be so dark and turn out very noisy/grainy.

The first is my favorite. This is what I really wanted to practice so I'm glad I got at least once that I like. Any CC here is great too b/c I want to try this again.

1)
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 800
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4224

2)
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 42 mm
ISO Speed 1600
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4041

3)
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture f/4.0
Focal Length 42 mm
ISO Speed 800
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4503

4)
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 800
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4436

5)
Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 400
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4374

6)
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 42 mm
ISO Speed 3200
Sydney Beach WM IMG_3878

7)
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 800
Sydney Beach WM IMG_4428

TracyF's picture
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I like the cloudiness in a way; it gives some gentle light and sets a soft mood, I think.

The first one is very cool! I like it! My only thought would be to have her placement a little more to the right to follow a bit more with the ROTs.

#3 is lovely. I think again with the ROTs it'd be nice having her a bit more to the left. Having her hair blowing to the right adds some nice dimension and lines to the image.

I think the last one is very nice too. I like the driftwood and its line in the image.

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
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I don't know how to advise on what your settings should have been, but I like number five a lot...like the driftwood, too! Her expression in six is also really nice.

Definitely a good practice session! Hope you can get some pointers to feel better about next time.

cazzoom's picture
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I think it works very well.

# 1 is just gorgeous!

Cazz

Joined: 10/26/01
Posts: 3409

Good on you for using your circumstances for practice!!! Smile

#1. I just ADORE this one!!! Great shot and I love the sepia tones. WOW! Even the centered composition works to perfection here. Again, WOW!

#5. this is my 2nd favorite. your b&w conversion works really well and I love the composition! I am so impressed that her dress looks so white w/out being blown.

As far as your settings ... in most cases, your aperture was pretty closed down. I think f/5.0 was the smallest you got. I think if you could open up a bit more you would get better exposure. Since so many of these shots are pretty wide angled, you could still keep her in focus with an aperture as open as 3.2 (possibly lower, depending on how far you were from her). That would allow a lot more light to come in and up your exposure.

As for the shots you've shared here, they don't look terribly grainy at this size. Have you run them through any kind of noise reduction? If not, you might look into that as it can make a HUGE difference.

TFS, I really loved the look of these. Makes me wish I had a beach near by. Smile

Take care,
GiGi

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I too love #1. I think it would have an even more WOW factor if you crop it a bit diff!

I agree with GiGi on your ap. I think it would have helped add some more depth to the pics if you would have opened up more.

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"acarbo99" wrote:

As for the shots you've shared here, they don't look terribly grainy at this size. Have you run them through any kind of noise reduction? If not, you might look into that as it can make a HUGE difference.

Take care,
GiGi

Thanks everyone!!

I have no idea where to even begin as far as noise reduction! I'll check into it!!

And as far as aperture...it's funny because normally I shoot wide open but I was practicing not. Guess on a very cloudy morning wasn't the time to try, huh? Smile

Amy_&_Eva's picture
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I think they look great too! I really really love the last one, it's beautiful!!

stargalaxys23's picture
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I think you did a great job! I really LOVE the 1st one! It's just awesome in so many ways. The 4th and 5th are my favs too.

NicholeC's picture
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Posts: 284

They look great. Love the 1st one! Its my favorite I think!