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Maui Sunset - my first attempt at posting a pic..
Oct 17, 2011 00:42:00   #
David707 Loc: Medford OR
 
OK, not the best..just a picture I took with an Olympus P&S last summer. Kind of washed out..but not much control over the camera. After all, I'm here to learn, so thought I'd start by learning how to POST a pic first.



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Oct 17, 2011 01:50:28   #
lizardworks Loc: Western Slope of Colorado
 
Nicely done with a P&S! Wait til you get to try it again with your T2i!

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Oct 17, 2011 02:19:53   #
David707 Loc: Medford OR
 
Thank you. I am looking forward to my next trip to Maui. Hopefully by then I will be a more seasoned veteran of the digital world. So much to learn insofar as composition goes. I understand the basics of photography, its just acquiring an eye for more than "tourist" photos...if that makes any sense.

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Oct 17, 2011 02:35:23   #
au2panner Loc: Grand Jct, CO
 
David707 wrote:
Thank you. I am looking forward to my next trip to Maui. Hopefully by then I will be a more seasoned veteran of the digital world. So much to learn insofar as composition goes. I understand the basics of photography, its just acquiring an eye for more than "tourist" photos...if that makes any sense.


And by that statement, you WILL look at things different and catch that special shot!

snap shot
snap shot...

Looking at the big picture
Looking at the big picture...

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Oct 17, 2011 02:38:13   #
lizardworks Loc: Western Slope of Colorado
 
David707 wrote:
Thank you. I am looking forward to my next trip to Maui. Hopefully by then I will be a more seasoned veteran of the digital world. So much to learn insofar as composition goes. I understand the basics of photography, its just acquiring an eye for more than "tourist" photos...if that makes any sense.


Oh, man, you are going to hear about the "Rule of Thirds" until it makes you sick. Might I suggest a book-The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman. It is a very in depth book on composition and will give you a lot more info than just the rule of thirds, you can find it on Amazon.

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Oct 17, 2011 02:46:22   #
au2panner Loc: Grand Jct, CO
 
Liz, I was thinking the same thing (just didnt want to say it) But then I took these 2 pics and it kinda throws all of that rule out lol.





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Oct 17, 2011 03:03:27   #
lizardworks Loc: Western Slope of Colorado
 
au2panner wrote:
Liz, I was thinking the same thing (just didnt want to say it) But then I took these 2 pics and it kinda throws all of that rule out lol.


I don't want to imply that you should ignore the rule of thirds, because it works, I'm just saying there are other elements of composition that also apply. Your second photo shows the use of line and repeating elements, it leads the eye into the photograph. There are many more elements that lead to a composition that works and I'm not claiming to be an expert, hence the book recommendation. Composition is one thing that I continue to struggle with and frequently like to brush up on it. By the way, the toes are a very touching photograph and exhibit good composition and does follow the rule of thirds-look at it again. Nice job!

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Oct 17, 2011 03:43:34   #
David707 Loc: Medford OR
 
LOL, I can hear it now. Thanks for the tip on the book, Liz. I ordered LEARNING TO SEE CREATIVELY by Brian Petersen at the recommendation of someone else on here. OK, you talked me into it...I'll order it. It's cheaper on Amazon than Ebay!!!

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Oct 17, 2011 06:20:11   #
Millismote Loc: Massachusetts
 
can't take a bad picture in Maui. I don't think the rule of thirds apply when the clouds add to the picture. nice shot

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Oct 17, 2011 11:26:32   #
lizardworks Loc: Western Slope of Colorado
 
David707 wrote:
LOL, I can hear it now. Thanks for the tip on the book, Liz. I ordered LEARNING TO SEE CREATIVELY by Brian Petersen at the recommendation of someone else on here. OK, you talked me into it...I'll order it. It's cheaper on Amazon than Ebay!!!


David, I read Learning To See Creatively also. Brian Petersen is an excellent teacher his information is straight to the point and easy to understand. When you finish his book you'll be ready for the one I recommended which is more in depth about all the theories of composition and sometimes a little overwhelming with all the information. I probably should have recommended Brian Petersen first, but since you beat me to it-no harm done. Enjoy!

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