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    Long exposure (Shot repeated)

    Hi. Went to the beach this afternoon, trying to obtain some long exposure shots (water flow). Sadly, when I just mounted the tripod and shot twice, it suddenly started to rain

    Anyway, here is the shot I was able to get. I might try again tomorrow, as long as weather allows me to do so...C&C welcome. Thanks for viewing.

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    Re: Long exposure

    Looks quite good to me. You've captured that sense of the waves pushing up the beach. Nice composition and exposure. Good luck with the weather tomorrow. I'm hoping for some misty river shots in the morning - if the weather man got it right.
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    Looks good to me -- I think you just need to take your post-processing up a notch though. Here's I've pushed the exposure & brightness - added some clarity - cropped - sharpened - and some window dressing, and ...

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    Re: Long exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Looks good to me -- I think you just need to take your post-processing up a notch though. Here's I've pushed the exposure & brightness - added some clarity - cropped - sharpened - and some window dressing, and ...

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    Excellent job Colin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sponge View Post
    Excellent job Colin!
    Thanks Patrick, but it's really not hard. I really just wanted to make the point that one really couldn't get the result I did straight out of the camera and thus folks really need to balance "photography skill" with "post-production skill" these days.

    The thing that really struck me about the original photo was lack of sharpening, which (sadly) is a very common fault.

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    Re: Long exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Southern View Post
    Thanks Patrick, but it's really not hard. I really just wanted to make the point that one really couldn't get the result I did straight out of the camera and thus folks really need to balance "photography skill" with "post-production skill" these days.

    The thing that really struck me about the original photo was lack of sharpening, which (sadly) is a very common fault.
    Agreed, the first thing I thought when I first saw the original was that it was too blurry but after seeing your version I realized that maybe the focus was spot on after all

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    Re: Long exposure

    Nice shot (love the rocks) and nice comments from Colin about PP.

    Another idea for you for a long exposure.
    Use the cutie in your avatar. Baby in seat at feeding time, camera on tripod, and a long exposure.
    No need to wait for the water - and a great shot of mess being created .
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    Re: Long exposure

    Otavio,
    The composition is really good. With FL = 27mm (FFE) and f/22 (large DoF) everything should be in focus (but it don't happened). There may have been loss in size reduction. I was thinking if the tripod was stable, but the photo became very good after the sharpening (excellent job Colins).
    Colins, please explain all the steps (and the parameters) you did for sharpening the picture of Otavio.
    Cheers,
    Antonio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antony View Post
    Colins, please explain all the steps (and the parameters) you did for sharpening the picture of Otavio.
    Hi Antonio,

    I could, but it really wouldn't help, as sharpening is going to depend on the image and it's resolution. In this case don't have access to the original high-resolution image, and that's where 2 of the 3 sharpening passes need to be made for optimal results.

    I written about sharpening a few times in the past; you might find these helpful ...

    Sharpening and Noise Reduction Sequence

    When/How to Best Sharpen a Digital Photograph

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    Re: Long exposure

    Thanks Clive, Colin and Patrick,for your comments! Colin, your PP and the explanation about what you did were very usefull. I appreciated it!

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    Re: Long exposure

    Hi Antonio. Well, I used F/22 to put everything focused. As I mentioned, I had no time to play the image on LCD, check, try again, etc, as, all of a sudden, it started to rain. I think the wind might have moved the camera a bit, as the weather was not good at all. Thanks for viewing!

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    Re: Long exposure

    Hi Graham. Thanks for your feedback! Yes, I do love photographing my baby. there is one of him on my bike on monochrome mini comp 666. He is really my favourite model!!
    Cheers!

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    Re: Long exposure

    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Hi Antonio. Well, I used F/22 to put everything focused. As I mentioned, I had no time to play the image on LCD, check, try again, etc, as, all of a sudden, it started to rain. I think the wind might have moved the camera a bit, as the weather was not good at all. Thanks for viewing!
    Was the photo heavily cropped?

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    Re: Long exposure

    Not at all, Colin. Just about 20 to 25% in the bottom and 15 to 20% in the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Not at all, Colin. Just about 20 to 25% in the bottom and 15 to 20% in the left.
    I was just wondering why it wasn't a bit sharper, but probably just diffraction + lens quality at a guess.

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    Re: Long exposure

    Could be, although I still believe the tripod might have shaken a bit. By the way, the lens used was nikkor 18-55 AF-S DX VR. Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Could be, although I still believe the tripod might have shaken a bit. By the way, the lens used was nikkor 18-55 AF-S DX VR. Regards,
    Thanks Otavio. I'm not familiar with Nikon equipment -- thought it might just be their kit lens, but I take it that that's not the case?

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    Re: Long exposure

    Colin, that is actually the case. This is the kit lens that came with the camera. Do you believe this could be the reason of the lack of sharpness, rather than focusing problem, or tripod shaking?

    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Colin, that is actually the case. This is the kit lens that came with the camera. Do you believe this could be the reason of the lack of sharpness, rather than focusing problem, or tripod shaking?

    Thanks...
    It'll be all 3 -- but hard to say just how much of each.

    I "fondly" remember my first kit lens -- the only thing that stopped me kicking the darn thing into orbit was the fact that someone gave me $50 for it. It was horible; poor sharpness - poor contrast. I changed to L-Series and never looked back.

    Kit lenses have undoubtadly improved, but I'm still wary of them to be honest.

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    Re: Long exposure

    A very nice image Otavio and Colin's edit made a good image better. Nice work.

    Personally I would have continued shooting in the rain for some nice misty effects.

    I bought one of these gizmos a while back and a rain cover. Both are in a small bag which is strapped onto one of the tripod legs. The umbrella also works as a reflector. In addition to the umbrellas holder, the clamp also has a hot-shoe connector for off camera flash work. Quite light too.

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