My first step to interchangeable lens camera

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by shenpua, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    My first step to interchangeable lens camera - Updated on 10/8/13

    I'm newbie to photography and this is my first interchangeable lens camera,
    It will be great if any one can give me some advice to improve the photo I took.

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    sun set. Lens 1650mm, ISO 100, F22, SS 1/200, ECV - 0.0 EV

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    Moon. Lens 55210mm, ISO 100, F7.1, SS 1/80, ECV - 0.0 EV
     
  2. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Hi and welcome to the forums. The first shot is OK for me, the sky is great and much more interesting than the foreground. Perhaps you could have taken two shots and exposed one for the sky and one for the foreground and then combined them together ? The second shot ( I do moon shots myself - lots ) is fine, perhaps lacking a little detail. Your ISO is good and low, although I would recommend raising it to 400 or 800 so you can increase your shutter speed - 1/80 is enough to blur due to the movement of the moon / earth. You really need to be at 1/160 ish to avoid motion blur. I would also set the camera to black & white if you don't already do that and spot meter the moon surface.
     
  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Welcome to the forum and the NEX. Nothing to complain about on that first shot. I might play with the shadows to emphasize the structure in the center or to kill to foreground completely. :)
     
  4. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Kuala Lumpur - From the view of lens

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    ISO 800, F16, SS 1/200

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    ISO 800, F16, SS 1/160

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    ISO 800, F16, SS 1/200

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    ISO 800, F5.6, SS 1/500

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    ISO 800, F5.0, SS 1/100, Partial Color Red

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    ISO 1600, F22.0, SS 1/160, B&W

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    ISO 800, F10.0, SS 1/1600

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    ISO 100, F22.0, SS 1/640

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    ISO 400, F18.0, SS 1/80,

    Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
     
  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Some very nice photos here!!! ;)
     
  6. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Agreed, nice shots indeed. Can I ask what mode you are shooting in, as some of exposures are a little odd. You are using very small apertures with low shutter speeds, where as I would go with wider apertures ( say f/8 or at most f/11 ) for those relatively flat subjects. I think most would agree that using the lens at f/16 and beyond is not its best setting for sharpness.
     
  7. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Thanks for the suggestion regarding the aperture size, will take note of that.
    Most of the shots are took in manual mode. I found many of my shots in P mode have a problem of over-exposure, haven't get used to the camera yet. I also try to avoid using intelligent mode so that I can have better control on the camera. I try not to use this camera like using a normal compact camera that I have previously. :D
    Just playing around with different aperture and shutter speed to get the different. I try use small aperture to capture the light ray from the sun and create some old and dreamy effect in some of the picts. I only notice that I have lost the sharpness when I view them on PC. haha. Camera LCD screen is too small to view the details. Of course, those picts are directly from camera before PS. Need to learn PS later as well.

    Will upload more photos soon, hopes to get more comments from you guys. Thanks.
     
  8. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Street and Chinese Temple in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    ISO100, F3.5, SS1/400

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    ISO100, F4.0, SS1/25, HCBW

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    ISO100, F5.6, SS1/30, Partial Color (Red)

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    ISO100, F29, SS1/25, HCBW

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    ISO800, F5.6, SS1/250, HCBW

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    ISO800, F3.5, SS1/100

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    ISO800, F5.6, SS1/125, HCBW

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    ISO800, F3.5, SS1/250


    *Sorry that I don'w know how to rotate the photos, some photos are vertical view from my computer but become horizontal when uploaded.
     
  9. markoneswift

    markoneswift TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 17, 2012
    Hi again, you look as if you have some really interesting subjects to take images of - really great to see all the colour and detail there. I think one of the issues you may have is that you are using a low ISO in most shots and this is forcing a very low shutter speed ( such as the HCBW shot ). There you have ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/25 which is fine if you're on a tripod but to hand hold you are going to get camera shake. Try manually increasing the ISO, the NEX is fine up to ISO 1600 ( and above, if you need it ). Also, I'm not sure what white balance you're using ( AWB ? ) or whether it's intentional, but a lot of your images have a blue-ish cast to them. Maybe try using Shade or Cloudy instead of Auto or take a custom reading from a grey object in the scene.
     
  10. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    These are picts taken on the same day, so can't really do any adjustment and trial on the ISO yet until following weekend. :)
    I did used AWB on all those shot, I can notice the blue-ish as well once you mention that.... how can I take custom reading from a grey object and reference for the WB adjustment? Is it something call the metering?

    Will upload another bath of photos taken on the same day.... in an Indian temple.
     
  11. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Indian Temple, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Indian Temple, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    ISO200, F4.5, SS1/25

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    ISO100, F3.5, SS1/20

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    ISO100, F4.0, SS1/20

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    ISO100, F3.5, SS1/100

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    ISO1600, F3.5, SS1/1250

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    ISO1600, F5.6, SS1/250

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    ISO1600, F5.6, SS1/500, Partial Color (Yellow)

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    ISO3200, F6.3, SS1/60


    The ISO is too high for the last 4 shots, I can notice the grain size on the shots. I think I should control the ISO at 800 or below next time.
     
  12. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Doesn't look like newb photography at all IMO :D
    I'd say you have an eye for photography and besides the some upside down photos, I really like your work - nice composition :thumbup:
     
  13. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    NickCyprus, thanks for liking my photos. But the credit should go to some experience photographers that show me how to take those nice composition photos to me. I'm actually joining them for the street photography section to learn from them. They have really sharp observation on most of the view and creative angle of shot. Most of the ideas are coming from them, I just follow whatever they took and learn...hehe!
    I hope I can have my own creative composition shot that people like one day....:biggrin:
     
  14. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yes, I especially like the 2nd photo. But if I may make a suggestion: try keeping your camera more level, and rotate the final images before posting them here so that we don't have to tilt our heads 90° to view them. Now my neck hurts! ;)
     
  15. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    DSC00841.
    iso100, f22.0, ss30

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    iso100, f22.0, ss30

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    iso100, f14.0, ss13

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    iso100, f14.0, ss13

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    iso100, f11.0, ss10

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    iso1600, f8.0, ss1/3

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    iso200, f3.5, ss1/1.3

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    iso800, f3.5, ss1/30

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    iso1600, f3.5, ss1/40

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    iso400, f5.0, ss1/10
     
  16. Mathieu Decodts

    Mathieu Decodts TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 5, 2013
    I really like the last one here nice textures and hue, lovely composition. I wish I lived somewhere so visually interesting!
     
  17. shenpua

    shenpua TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2013
    You are always welcome to visit Malaysia... :D
     
  18. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Still very nice work!!! From the last set you posted, #1 is my favourite :thumbup:

    Thanks for sharing ;)
     
  19. shenpua

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Royal Park, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

    Royal Park in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan (State of Nine), Malaysia.

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    ISO 100, F6.3, SS 1/250

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    ISO 100, F4.5, SS 1/250

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    ISO 100, F22, SS 1/6

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    ISO 100, F5.6, SS 1/160

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    ISO 100, F5.6, SS 1/160

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    ISO 100, F5.6, SS 1/640

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    ISO 100, F32, SS 1/50

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    ISO 100, F5.0, SS 1/60

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    ISO 400, F6.3, SS 1/400

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    ISO 100, F3.5, SS 1/3200, HDR 6.0EV
    *Maybe I should decrease the aperture size instead of shutter speed...