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    I like the images where you've gone in closer and used paths as leading lines, nice compositions and adds some depth to the images. One quick thought, if your camera has a flip LCD, it would be easy to get low to the ground on the cobble pathway, stop the aperture right down to around f/20 (might need a tripod) and focus about two-thirds into the scene - this entails using what is known as the hyperfocal distance to get as much of the image in focus as possible - alternatively, there's a smartphone app called Simple DOF, that will tell you which parts of an image will be in focus for different lens settings or if your camera is mirrorless, it may have a capability known as focus peaking - which can do the same for you. The challenge I find with heritage sites is being able to show them in some form of landscape context, not always easy as some are surrounded by housing estates, but if you can then they can make for dramatic images. Mist, wet and rain also tend to give more atmosphere and more interesting skies photographically, which has the added advantage of reducing the number of tourists at more popular sites!

    Just a couple of suggestions that might help, you could try a neutral density grad (in software if you have the raw file) to darken the sky a little and pull back some of the sky highlights that have blown in places in the first image. Incidentally, the red sandstone that pervades many Scottish historical buildings works great in close up using the interaction between light and stone to create interesting compositions, especially (IMHO) in Black and White. - try breaking the rules and underexposing or exposing for a particular pool of light. There's a wonderfully wonky window in your fifth image along with a crack that would make for a great detail shot with the crack giving a strong diagonal.

    Having such an intriguing building on your doorstep makes for a great subject to explore in all sorts of light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Good input from Iain above. On the subject of skies, here is how much detail you still have in the sky...


    You'll need to ignore the fact I have destroyed your image by introducing noise and JPEG artefacts - that is why you really need to do this work on the RAW file. I have also over-cooked the whole thing - just to stress how far you can take it if you want to.

    I am a big fan of 'holding onto' the sky and avoiding bland, white skies in images - the result of over-exposing the sky in order not to underexpose the land. So much can be saved and brought back in a RAW processor, providing you have not run off the right hand end of the histogram.

    I don't think it is too early in your new hobby to be thinking about doing HDR blends to keep hold of detail in the sky. This is 2 shots at -1 EV and +1 EV, blended in ACR...


    However, it's not essential to use 2 exposures. This shot is a single frame, with a bit of work in ACR to get the detail out the sky...


    I like a good sky, me.

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    Thankyou both,all good tips and to learn.Im only using picasa at the minute as its free but limited with enhancing pictures.

    Still learning all the set ups on camera,but Ill get there.Must admit ,enjoying playing around with pictures ,its a great pastime.Once I have the basics I will move onto trying to catch moving objects ,that should be fun.

    But appreciate you taking time to reply and for your help both .

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Thankyou both,all good tips and to learn.Im only using picasa at the minute as its free but limited with enhancing pictures...
    Did you take a look at Darktable or Raw Therapee (links in post #17)?

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    Yes Col,darktable looks the better so I will probably go for that one and see how I get on with it.I can play about with the images above and see how they come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Once I have the basics I will move onto trying to catch moving objects ,that should be fun...
    Birds and insects make good targets for moving objects. It's the realm of 'shutter priority'. You dictate the shutter speed, depending on how fast the moving object is and whether you want to freeze it or you want to introduce motion blur into part or all of it. I enjoy trying to get motion blur into part of it. For example, one from last week...


    I set 1/60 sec, which is enough to blur rod and line without blurring the angler or introducing camera shake at the focal length used (24 mm).

    On the other had, if you want to freeze a moving object, you might need 1/1000 sec or faster. Here is a hover fly at 1/750 sec...


    Still loads of blur in its wings, but it looks good like that.

    1/350 sec will keep a bird's body sharp, while introducing a pleasing amount of blur in the moving wings...


    I find if you do leaping salmon shots, you really have to speed-up everything. This was 1/1250 sec...


    I find if I try to be clever with slower speeds, it just doesn't work - it just gives mush. But it's good fun to experiment.

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    Like those Col,lots to learn before I get to that standard.Got darktable ,thats another big learning curve understanding it all.

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    Here's another example of where shutter speed is critical...

    If you shoot a helicopter with too fast a shutter speed (anything faster than about 1/250 sec), it freezes the rotor blades, and it just looks like an Airfix model hanging from the ceiling...

    Slow it down... this is 1/90 sec...


    ... and this is 1/30 sec...




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    Its only a Nikon Col lol.Watching a lot of youtube at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Its only a Nikon Col
    I think you are the first Nikon owner I have ever known to be humble about owning a Nikon!

    ... but your Nikon will definitely allow you to shoot in shutter priority...
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