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    Quote Originally Posted by olive_dabbler View Post
    Is that in the National Gallery Col? One of my favourite places in Edinburgh, been there twice this year already, but am terrible at remembering what I saw!
    Yes it is. I really like that one - you can tell just looking at those men that they are Scotsmen. It's usually down the stairs in the Scottish artists' collections... along with the likes of the Skating Meenister...


    I love this one as a masterclass in perspective...


    ... and I can spend an hour studying the draftsmanship of the Canalettos...


    Getting decent photos of paintings is quite an exercise in itself - getting lined-up square with them, when they are higher than you are tall, and trying to avoid reflections... which I couldn't manage with the skating meenister... or the cathedral one...

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    Just goes to show a thread like this can be very interesting and love the pictures.Hope others benefit from it,I know certainly do so more please as it is helping me a lot.thanks all.Who needs politics lol.

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    Had a play today,far from perfect may need to invest in an app a payable one.But wanted to practice playing around with light and apertures just to see how it effected pictures.From them it has elped understand how the 1/340 and other settings can change a picture.


    Here is only a couple.

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    Looking at the P900ís specs, it has a 4.3 to 357 mm lens, a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm, that can be zoomed further with what Nikon call a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom (i.e. 4000mm equivalent, thatís getting a little silly IMHO). Iíve never shot with anything longer that 300mm 35mm equivalent! Getting sharp images at those degrees of zoom handheld will be challenging even with image stabilisation and would need faster shutter speeds, so zooming with oneís feet and keeping the lens at more manageable focal lengths would help.
    Iain

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    Quote Originally Posted by olive_dabbler View Post
    Looking at the P900ís specs, it has a 4.3 to 357 mm lens, a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm, that can be zoomed further with what Nikon call a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom (i.e. 4000mm equivalent, thatís getting a little silly IMHO). Iíve never shot with anything longer that 300mm 35mm equivalent! Getting sharp images at those degrees of zoom handheld will be challenging even with image stabilisation and would need faster shutter speeds, so zooming with oneís feet and keeping the lens at more manageable focal lengths would help.
    I must admit, the only time I ever owned a super-zoom lens, a Tamron 18-270 mm (15x) I was underwhelmed by the image quality and quickly sold it on. These days the biggest zoom range I use is 4x. My longest lens is my 100-400 mm which, when I use it for bird shots, I often couple with a x1.4 teleconverter. That gives me 560 mm at f8 wide-open, which the camera still manages to autofocus with.

    Lots of good YouTube clips on zooming and using your feet. I picked this one as an example for no reason...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    I must admit, the only time I ever owned a super-zoom lens, a Tamron 18-270 mm (15x) I was underwhelmed by the image quality and quickly sold it on. These days the biggest zoom range I use is 4x. My longest lens is my 100-400 mm which, when I use it for bird shots, I often couple with a x1.4 teleconverter. That gives me 560 mm at f8 wide-open, which the camera still manages to autofocus with.

    Lots of good YouTube clips on zooming and using your feet. I picked this one as an example for no reason...



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    Good help that Col.Was messing around with zoom today and other things,not many pictures taken but the ones I did help my understanding a little bit better.
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    Good seeing how adjusting the light makes a difference and helps understand it more.Any ideas which river this is.Loads of fishy pools on it a lovely river and hardly fished and easy to walk on without clambering through tick infested hogweed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Good seeing how adjusting the light makes a difference and helps understand it more.Any ideas which river this is.Loads of fishy pools on it a lovely river and hardly fished and easy to walk on without clambering through tick infested hogweed.
    Don't know the river, I'm afraid. However, those shots are better than the ones of the dove. You've got them sharp on your point of focus. the next thing I would suggest is...

    What is your point of focus? It's one of the generalisms (trying to avoid words like 'rules' and 'musts') that a good photograph has a focal point... the place where you focused the camera that is the point that draws the eye of the viewer towards it and gets it into the frame, either to be held there, of drawn to other elements.

    In the top photo, you have a focal point: the rock in the top left quadrant. In the middle photo, the focus is on the leaves on the right hand side of the frame, and the eye is drawn to them. Not sure if they were the intended focal point though? The bottom photo has good front to back sharpness, but it's not clear what the focal point is, so the eye wanders about a bit looking for one.

    It's a classical tool of photography to place the focal point on an intersection of thirds - the rule of thirds. You place your focal point on one of the 4 cross points if you had drawn a noughts and crosses grid over your viewfinder. The rock in the top photo does this nicely, which is why the eye is drawn to it.

    A simple composition, with the focal point on an intersection of thirds...


    Nicely explained here...



    ... and one where I broke the rule to follow what he was saying about skies and slivers...




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    Tanks Col good learning points again.Your right about focus on a point,something I admit I didn't take into account and when I looked at them again I did notice on the 3rd picture that the focus was on the foliage on the right,I know the 2nd picture is slightly blurred as I was playing about with the focus etc and put it there to show how it made a change to the picture ,just for learning for myself.The top one I was quite happy with.

    Pleased Im seeing how focus and light is important and understanding it a little more.

    The river is the livet, a lovely underfished water but lovely pools and lots of fish in it.A season ticket is peanuts and so peaceful.

    The video is good and now I understand what the squares are for,I had noticed on other tube videos that they used them also.Helped a lot .Keep them coming Col.All interesting .
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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Tanks Col good learning points again.Your right about focus on a point,something I admit I didn't take into account and when I looked at them again I did notice on the 3rd picture that the focus was on the foliage on the right,I know the 2nd picture is slightly blurred as I was playing about with the focus etc and put it there to show how it made a change to the picture ,just for learning for myself.The top one I was quite happy with.

    Pleased Im seeing how focus and light is important and understanding it a little more.

    The river is the livet, a lovely underfished water but lovely pools and lots of fish in it.A season ticket is peanuts and so peaceful.

    The video is good and now I understand what the squares are for,I had noticed on other tube videos that they used them also.Helped a lot .Keep them coming Col.All interesting .
    Ah - never fished the Livet. I've fished the Avon, upstream of Ballindalloch.

    Sounds like you are learning fast with the photography. You'll soon pick it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    Ah - never fished the Livet. I've fished the Avon, upstream of Ballindalloch.

    Sounds like you are learning fast with the photography. You'll soon pick it up.

    Col
    Col well worth a visit to fish the livet lots of lovely pools on it it just shouts fish,has a few salmon and sea trout but brownies are great fun.Thanks again for all the tips they really do help ,hope to repay you if your ever up this way.I never forget those who help me.

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