New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

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New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  alex e on Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:49 am

A few images from our display
Yamadori Hawthorn



Yamadori Larch



Yamadori Hawthorn


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Get a better camera

Post  Tony on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:41 pm

Hi Alex... PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE.. get a better camera pale you can buy a good camera for less than a good night out.

Your trees are great the photos are pants


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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  alex e on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:45 pm

tony wrote:Hi Alex... PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE..PLEASE.. get a better camera pale you can buy a good camera for less than a good night out.

Your trees are great the photos are pants

Hi Tony this is my new camera shots ,a bit disappointed myself but will get it right eventually! Sad
but only because you said please I think Laughing

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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  Jan Olav on Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:19 pm

Helps a little bit perhaps. Nice trees, crappy camera! I´m with Tony here, get a new one. Laughing




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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:23 pm

When I was in the United States Marine Corps we did a lot of shooting at targets. The setting of the sights was called the "dope." The saying was. that you missed, "not because of the dope on the rifle, but because of the dope behind the rifle."

I think part of the photo problem is too much flash. Get a tripod and take longer exposures without flash, also step back and use the lens to get closer.

Just a suggestion or two.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:53 pm

Also make sure you set a custom white balance to get the right color temperature. This is a critical step for a digital camera.

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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  Paul B [Swindon] on Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:44 pm

Alex

It's a shame about the sodium lights in the hall, but all the tree looked great to the eye. Rob is rigt if you have one of those expensive digital cameras or a strange flash unit like Mark Cooper. You need a good bit of white card to set the balance while in the hall.

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Post  alex e on Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:04 pm

Thanks everyone for the tips Wink

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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  Dave Martin on Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:10 pm

Sorry, but I have to say that there is a lot of camera shake in the first one.
And all of them appear to be poorly focused. It's a matter of practising to get things right.
Whilst its nice to have expensive equipment do not be too quick to blame the camera. You don't need top of the range gear to get good results.

As regards Mark Cooper's flash diffuser I have one made from the bottom of a Shell windscreen washer container the results of which he has seen and are comparable in quality to Marks.


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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:37 pm

Dave Martin wrote:Sorry, but I have to say that there is a lot of camera shake in the first one.
And all of them appear to be poorly focused. It's a matter of practising to get things right.
Whilst its nice to have expensive equipment do not be too quick to blame the camera. You don't need top of the range gear to get good results.

As regards Mark Cooper's flash diffuser I have one made from the bottom of a Shell windscreen washer container the results of which he has seen and are comparable in quality to Marks.


I have found that a tripod, aperture priority with a large F-stop and ambient light with the correct white balance will give the best shot. A reflector or small light to get some light under the foliage also can help. I don't like using a flash, especially the camera mounted flash.

I'm doing a seminar at the BCI/ABS convention in Louisville, KY in June about how to simply take decent digital photos of a bonsai tree. A bit far for the UK group, but you are all welcome to attend.

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Re: New Dawn images "Swindon 2011"

Post  Dave Martin on Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:56 pm

Couldn't agree more regarding the use of a tripod or at least a monopod, but a tripod is better, although it gets in the way of other visitors to a show.

But my pet hates are
1. Not looking through the view finder or at the LCD screen to see what the background is (as in portraits of people with trees growing out of their heads).
2. "Titanic syndrome shots", where the subject isn't level, but appears to be sliding off the table! Laughing

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