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Downtown pictures 7/8/07

Took a few shots tonight and got to use some more of the settings I've been reading about lol. These three are my favorites.

Settings for picture 1:

Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 19mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/8 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Shade
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode:
Flash Mode:
Auto Flash Comp:
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto

Picture #2

I really loved this picture but it's not very clear due to the location. It was shot freehand on a bridge that wouldn't stop bouncing. Maybe if I go back with a tripod real early in the morning when there's no traffic I could get a better shot

Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 30mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/2.5 sec - F/4.2
Exposure Comp.: +2.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 800
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode:
Flash Mode:
Auto Flash Comp:
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: On (Normal


Picture #3

I really like this one

Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 34mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/15 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Shade
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode:
Flash Mode:
Auto Flash Comp:
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off
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Tripod or not is it just me or does even the 3rd shot look really out of focus? Are they resized?
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I think it's in focus, that was actually taken with the camera setting on a ledge. The focus point is the light post on the left, taken with a larger aperture to blur the background a bit, that was the effect I was looking for. I want to pick up a polarizing filter to "warm" them up a bit for next time. Oh and they are definitely resized, originals are 12mb
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The pics are highly compressed.
Also, try to resize/crop them in a program that doesn't strip out the EXIF data and then you'll have no need to post all the camera info.

Anyone can view the EXIF data on an embe-dded image with either a Firefox plugin or Opanda EXIF Viewer for IE.

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Need to see some larger images to really see the quality. Those smallish images don't tell much besides the fact that you framed them well.

Short depth of field on landscape shots typically don't turn out well...it tends to look like missed focus.

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12mb file??? holy smokes, what kind of camera are you shooting with??

Pics look alright... middle one is my favorite, looks saturate with color mode IIIa, I prefer Adobe 1998... and you can leave it in jpeg.. and the high iso NR in most cameras is a feature I don't prefer, as you are only at 800, I go up to 1600 and no higher on my D80 w/o a noise reducer...

I'm not much better, but we all try!! Shoot 400 pics, and I get one or two that look alright
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12mb file??? holy smokes, what kind of camera are you shooting with??
He's got a D40x (with 10MP sensor) and I'm assuming they are in the Fine quality JPG. I shoot in Normal quality mode as I cannot tell the difference in the photos other than the file size, plus my D40 is 6MP so file sizes are under 2MB.

Try resizing to around the 1024x768 range, or 800x??? if you are attaching them to the site. There are some free image hosts out there (e.g. imageshack.us) that I use sometimes as well. This is from the 6MP version of your camera, much more definition when it's not smashed down into a little file:



See if you can pull up the EXIF data on this photo (Tip: save the file localling and look at the Advanced Properties tag in Windows)

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Another trick for internet purposes is to drop the dpi down to 72, most monitors won't display much more than that...

I usually resize it down to 72 dpi, and about 800x500 and they come out good for a message board...

I never understood how to get the exif data off of pics from the net...
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Well, I got them from Capture NX...

My old lens

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But still vague on the windows tag
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Here a link to Opanda iEXIF viewer, which when installed will add a right-click menu option in Internet Explorer to View the EXIF data for an image.

http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

On the Windows tag thing, go find any picture on your computer saved straight off your camera, and then right-click and choose properties. Go to the Details tab and click the Advanced button in the lower right corner. (I'm doing this from memory as it's slighty different in Vista and I don't have any XP workstations in front of me right now).

So, you can save any image off the web to your desktop and then go look at the EXIF data, if there is any embe-dded in the file. I prefer to use the Opanda tool though, it's much quicker.

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Another trick for internet purposes is to drop the dpi down to 72, most monitors won't display much more than that...

I usually resize it down to 72 dpi, and about 800x500 and they come out good for a message board...

I never understood how to get the exif data off of pics from the net...

That's outdated info my friend.

Most monitors these days are 100dpi, LCD for sure are 100dpi.

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For quick and dirty editing and resizing, Picassa is great. It's free, and owned and updated by Google. Just search for it.

Opanda rocks the house! Best EXIF progie out there IMHO.

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That's outdated info my friend.

Most monitors these days are 100dpi, LCD for sure are 100dpi.
72 is the old general one....

They got a screen out there that has 200 dpi, for only $10k
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Hmm, I'll take two!

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My originals are in RAW format but I think I'm going to start shooting in JPEG until I get better. The resize is so I could upload them here. I need to register somewhere that allows higher res photos to be hotlinked. I've read a few books now and also read that landscape photos should have good DOF but I really just wanted to play with the setting. I'd like a faster lens to get some cool pics like I was trying for with the 3rd one. The pics were resized with photoshop above, I didn't change anything in PS either so I want to warm them up a bit and see how they look.
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