Wetlands photos: CC welcome

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Wetlands photos: CC welcome

I swear, I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world! I never knew that these wetlands existed till recently, and finally got there. I'm sure my photos don't do it justice, but they are GORGEOUS! I was only able to go around a small area because of the kids (and because I'm sick, no energy), but would love to share some shots and get some CC.

Apparently there is a LOT of wildlife (birds, ducks, frogs, etc.) and we saw a little bit of it, but I think this place would be amazing to shoot if you had to time to look/wait for the perfect moments, and a 300mm lens (which of course I do not!).

All are done in manual.

#1 - SS 1/1250, f2.7, ISO 200, focal length 6.0mm

#2 - SS 1/1000, f2.7, ISO 200, focal length 6.0mm

#3 - SS 1/500, f8.0, ISO 200, focal length 9.3mm

#4 - SS 1/1000, f3.5, ISO 200, focal length 72.0mm

#5 (I think this guy is technically not blown, no 255/255/255 that I could find, but so close he might as well be... but hard to get him, he was quick!) -
SS 1/125, f8.0 (I know, my bad, couldn't change fast enough), ISO 200, focal length 66.8mm

#6 - SS 1/640, f8.0, ISO 200, focal length 29.0mm

#7 -- SS 1/100, f8.0, ISO 200, focal length 8.6mm

#8 -- SS 1/160, f8.0, ISO 100, focal length 6.0mm

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Awesome! Is that in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area? Love the robin! (Is that a robin?) lol!

TFS Smile

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"La123" wrote:

Awesome! Is that in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area? Love the robin! (Is that a robin?) lol!

Lauren, I never noticed you were in the Vancouver area -- wasn't expecting anyone to recognize the name!

No, we live in Chilliwack and this is just 25 minutes east of us, near Agassiz. You would take the Bridal Falls exit off the #1 to get there. It is an extraordinarily beautiful spot!

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"TracyF" wrote:

Lauren, I never noticed you were in the Vancouver area -- wasn't expecting anyone to recognize the name!

No, we live in Chilliwack and this is just 25 minutes east of us, near Agassiz. You would take the Bridal Falls exit off the #1 to get there. It is an extraordinarily beautiful spot!

Oh ok, I've never been there, but it looks very similar to the wetlands in the Ridge meadows area... (I grew up in Maple Ridge) Smile

Very pretty!

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I love # 6

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For exposure I think 4 and 6 are your best. The others seem to be a bit over exposed, so I would bring your iso down a tad if you can (what camera do you have?)

The images where you want to get all the scenery in you could open up your ap some. I would not shoot everything with it wide open. It works fine for #4 since you are focused on the bird or 1 because the plant is your main focus - but then speed your ss up.

If you brought down or could bring down the iso then that would help.

Love that bird shot. What a fun location and find for you!

BTW - I am just south of Vancouver by an hour and a half Wink

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Thanks, Cazz and CJ for the feedback! Really appreciate it!

"CJWilkes" wrote:

For exposure I think 4 and 6 are your best. The others seem to be a bit over exposed, so I would bring your iso down a tad if you can (what camera do you have?)

I just have a P&S, Canon PowerShot S5. As far as being overexposed, I think that was my PP work. Almost always when I post stuff here, I get a lot of feedback that my shots are underexposed, so this time I probably did a bit too much PP to make them brighter.

"CJWilkes" wrote:

The images where you want to get all the scenery in you could open up your ap some. I would not shoot everything with it wide open. It works fine for #4 since you are focused on the bird or 1 because the plant is your main focus - but then speed your ss up.

Sorry I'm a bit dense... Most of the shots, except #1, #2, and #4, are f8.0, which is the most I can open my ap. Are you saying I should shoot the landscape stuff at f8.0? or open it up some (more than f2.7 like in #1), but not all the way to f8.0?

"CJWilkes" wrote:

BTW - I am just south of Vancouver by an hour and a half Wink

Whereabouts are you? My parents live in Federal Way (just south of Seattle), so we drive down the I-5 a lot. Washington is a great state!

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"TracyF" wrote:

Thanks, Cazz and CJ for the feedback! Really appreciate it!

I just have a P&S, Canon PowerShot S5. As far as being overexposed, I think that was my PP work. Almost always when I post stuff here, I get a lot of feedback that my shots are underexposed, so this time I probably did a bit too much PP to make them brighter.
Sorry I'm a bit dense... Most of the shots, except #1, #2, and #4, are f8.0, which is the most I can open my ap. Are you saying I should shoot the landscape stuff at f8.0? or open it up some (more than f2.7 like in #1), but not all the way to f8.0?
Whereabouts are you? My parents live in Federal Way (just south of Seattle), so we drive down the I-5 a lot. Washington is a great state!

Sorry, posted this quite late. Could you post the sooc of some of them - not #4 and #6 so we can see if it is the pping that makes it look over exposed? You may want to go a tad warmer on the images as well.

We are just north of Seattle in Mukilteo area. Just off of I-5 as you go towards Widbey Island. Smile

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"CJWilkes" wrote:

We are just north of Seattle in Mukilteo area. Just off of I-5 as you go towards Widbey Island. Smile

Whidbey is so beautiful! Not too familiar with Mukilteo, but that whole area seems pretty great.

Here's SOOC images of #3, #6, and #8:

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SOOC looks great. I would probably only play with curves slightly and you will have some amazing shots. Maybe add some warmth. You don't want to do too much to these at all.

That last one is just about good as is. Just a small play.

The key is to fine tune not do a complete makeover. You have some beautiful captures there.

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"CJWilkes" wrote:

SOOC looks great. I would probably only play with curves slightly and you will have some amazing shots. Maybe add some warmth. You don't want to do too much to these at all.

That last one is just about good as is. Just a small play.

The key is to fine tune not do a complete makeover. You have some beautiful captures there.

Couldn't agree more!

I also just wanted to give you props with working so well with the equipment you have. A lot of people believe you have to have DSLR for photography, and while good equipment does make a difference, it's important to know it's the photographer and not the camera (preaching to the choir here right! LOL). Anyway you're doing awesome with your P&S, which is so great to see. Smile If you ever do get a DSLR you'll already know all the basics and you'll be able to rock the camera!

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"mlark1128" wrote:

I also just wanted to give you props with working so well with the equipment you have. A lot of people believe you have to have DSLR for photography, and while good equipment does make a difference, it's important to know it's the photographer and not the camera (preaching to the choir here right! LOL). Anyway you're doing awesome with your P&S, which is so great to see. Smile If you ever do get a DSLR you'll already know all the basics and you'll be able to rock the camera!

Aw, thanks, that makes me feel really good for trying. Sometimes I feel a bit lame, trying so hard without the equipment, but I am convinced that the more I learn now, the better I will be once I get a DSLR. I'm working hard at it, and appreciate the wisdom, tips, advice and encouragement I get here very much, from everyone!

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Hi Tracy, I don't think anyone answered you about your aperture....when "raising" the number to f/8, you are actually CLOSING your aperture more; not opening it. Opening up aperture means making the fraction bigger (f/2 for example).

Normally for landscape shots, I think they DO recommend a higher number (more closed ap) so I think f/8 was ok for your landscape shots. Your ISO was already pretty low at 200 but if the sun was really bright, and if your camera goes lower, you could go to 100 probably (my T1i doesn't go lower than 200 unless maybe auto ISO does)

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"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Hi Tracy, I don't think anyone answered you about your aperture....when "raising" the number to f/8, you are actually CLOSING your aperture more; not opening it. Opening up aperture means making the fraction bigger (f/2 for example).

Right, OK. I do understand about the smaller number = bigger opening equation, but being a newbie I really have to think through the terminology (open/close, etc.) so it takes me a while to process.

"Amy_&_Eva" wrote:

Your ISO was already pretty low at 200 but if the sun was really bright, and if your camera goes lower, you could go to 100 probably (my T1i doesn't go lower than 200 unless maybe auto ISO does)

Surpisingly enough my ISO goes down to 80 (which sometimes I do employ if I'm trying to shoot with the aperture wide-open and my SS won't go high enough to let me use the aperture I want). Mind you, I think the reason this camera goes down to 80 is because anything above 200 gets very noisy!

It just occurred to me, perhaps the reason your DSLR doesn't go below 200 is because the sensor is so much bigger that an ISO of 80 or 100 would so rarely be necessary, as it is with me. Otherwise, you'd think it unlikely that a P&S would have better ISO options than a DSLR!