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    Morning at the Marina

    I took this shot a couple of days ago at the Manly Boat Harbour in Brisbane, at sunrise. It was a beautiful morning and it was most enjoyable - standing behind the tripod watching the light change, and exchanging pleasantries with the early morning walkers. I used a 3 stop GND hard grad filter with this shot. I'd welcome your views and suggestions for improvement.

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    Morning at the Marina
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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    Do you want to improve THAT?

    It is absolutely beautiful Dave, no chance of improvement

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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    Quote Originally Posted by enaiman View Post
    Do you want to improve THAT?
    I'd just settle for that original as well. Super bit of work, Dave.

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    Ditto the other comments Dave. Thats a keeper.
    Well done.

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    Superb shot!

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    Not sure I wouldn't have pulled the filter up just a bit more to to let some of the more natural horizon light show through...but having been there and done that, I know how hard it is to do in the time frame of three or four minutes of perfect light. I use the DOF button on the camera to determine filter location, though have to admit I am still a bit of a hack using the Lee filters.

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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    I'm just wondering, Dave, if a slight crop of the bottom and left side would have even more impact. Not really sure though, so just a thought.

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    I think it's a great shot. At the same time, I wonder what it would look like if you used something like a 9 stop ND filter to smooth out the water texture. I have one showing up on my doorstep today... so, hopefully I will be able to experiment with this type of shot soon.

    Nicely done...

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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    Thanks everybody for your comments. Much appreciated.

    Johnny it is difficult to position the filter and I must try that trick with the DOF button.

    Darren I dont have any ND filters, but in this case I might be concerned with the long exposure causing some blurring of the boat masts due to movement.

    Geoff here is a crop as you suggest. I think it does improve the composition.

    Dave

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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    I prefer the cropped version: the image is much tighter and works better. Excellent picture.

    (Sorry, I haven't had much time to comment on people's pictures recently.)

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    Thanks Nigel.

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    Re: Morning at the Marina

    That crop, Dave, is exactly as I imagined the scene.

    I think having less foreground 'tightens up' the scene and appears to improve the perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    That crop, Dave, is exactly as I imagined the scene.

    I think having less foreground 'tightens up' the scene and appears to improve the perspective.
    Geoff you have a very good eye for composition IMO.

    Dave

    PS : Isn't it wonderful how digital photography gives you the opportunity to play with crops to improve composition, providing your original gives you the right options.

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    Dave

    The second crops works well, but mainly because the original was excellent! Very well done.

    And I agree completely with your last comment. Sometimes it is possible to create very different images coming from a single original picture. One of the reasons one can spend a lot of time playing with the same image trying different options.

    Toņo

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    Quote Originally Posted by acsky View Post
    Dave

    The second crops works well, but mainly because the original was excellent! Very well done.

    And I agree completely with your last comment. Sometimes it is possible to create very different images coming from a single original picture. One of the reasons one can spend a lot of time playing with the same image trying different options.

    Toņo
    Thanks Toņo

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