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Took some pics recently in Mexico, thought I'd share. Comments/suggestions welcome!

Took some pics recently in Mexico, thought I'd share. Comments/suggestions welcome!

 
Old 03-05-2009, 06:25 AM
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Default Took some pics recently in Mexico, thought I'd share. Comments/suggestions welcome!

I'm still getting used to the DSLR, so advice is welcome.

Also, a lot of them were taken with my point-and-shoot. Honestly... it was way easier to carry around than my DSLR.<ul><li><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/darylbeattie">flickr page (only first 9 pics are recent)</a></li></ul>
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:22 AM
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Humm............ did you try to open the coffin washed up on beach?
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:03 AM
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would you?!
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:07 AM
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Default I really wanted to... but my woman pulled me away. :P

Also I don't know if it was REALLY a coffin or just some junk that washed ashore that looked like a coffin that somebody painted to look like one.

It was fiberglass and enclosed, however... seemed like it would have been, say, a temporary one for transporting a body...?
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Default Not sure if you can do this...

if you shot the coffin/motor with the SLR, shooter closer and wider. They are a little obscure in the final image. Shooting closer obviously fills the frame with your subject a little more, and shooting wider maintains the backdrop. In a scene like this, you won't care too much about the distortion if you go ultra wide.
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Default Some good points, thanks. Here's what I was facing (and trying to do)...

I was using my point-and-shoot, actually. I was "zoomed out" as wide as possible, too. I know the colors are a bit flat, and I was going to do some post-processing to liven up the scene slightly, but a) I don't know how, and b) I didn't have time to even try.

Unfortunately, both the coffin and the motor were in sunken-down crevices in the beach-rock, so they weren't level with the ground. That meant that if I were to get them in the shot, I had to essentially point the camera down. If I crouched down and took a low shot, the subject would disappear into the crevace. Any closer to the subject, and I risked cutting the subject off. Maybe that would have been okay, but I'm a novice and like to get "fully complete" objects in my pictures where possible. Also considering the odd-ness of the coffin, and the rustiness of the motor, I figured if I didn't get the full object nobody would understand what they were looking at.

I tried my best to keep the water in the picture (filling the top 1/3 of the picture, using the rule-of-thirds). That probably accounts for the seemingly odd angle of the shot.

I walked around the subjects taking many shots... and in the end settled for just sticking the subject in the bottom corner of the picture.

What else could I have tried? Any tricks you'd recommend? I agree with closer/wider, but I felt constrained by the situation.
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Default You needed the SLR not a P&S.

When I suggested filling the frame more, I don't mean a tight shot. But if the engine occupies 15-20% of the image, that's very significant, yet leaves a lot of room for the environment in which you found it. Taking a tight shot is pointless, you could do that in a junkyard.

You will find if you're using an SLR and wide angle on these types of shots, you'll shoot from above and the camera will basically be pointed down at your object of interest. You'll get some extreme distortion on the corners of the frame, but that will be occupied by rock and sky. Landscape elements like this aren't very revealing of this type of distortion, so you get away with it.

Below is a bad example of what I'm taking about. If you get close enough, you get the detail from the object of interest (buttress root), but you still have the environment to put it into perspective. Using the person gives some sense of scale (how tall was that root) if you wish to add that. The distortion at the corners isn't much of an issue here.

<img src="http://rajashar.smugmug.com/photos/197566651_JYQnz-L.jpg">
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Default Wow, interesting info, thanks. I take it a special wide angle lens is needed?

I find the my 18-55mm lens gets a wider shot than my point-and-shoot does at its widest.
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Default And fairly crappy image quality to boot, im sure. The 18-55mm kit isnt a great lens...

...but i bet it would have helped here.
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Default most P&S cams are between 28mm and 35mm equivalent focal length on

a 35mm film camera (our baseline or satandard for comparing field of view).

Your SLR is 18mm x 1.6 (crop factor) = 28mm equivalent on a 35mm film camera.

So it's possible both are the same @28mm equiv. If you wanted to go wider, yes, a special lens that goes below 18mm on your SLR would be required. It does give you the capability to generate more interest in your compositions, as the perspectives are different from what your eye sees from day to day. Some people like it, some don't.
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