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Quick snaps from Greece
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Author:  Adrian [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:03 am ]
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No sunbathing today but the clouds are pretty



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Spring blossom



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Another sign of spring



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And another on our walk



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Lichen on a rock



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Moss under a tree



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Spurge on the mountainside


We had a very nice walk :D

Author:  Scarlet [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:39 am ]
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Wow :shock: thank you!

Author:  Adrian [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:10 am ]
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Scarlet wrote:
Wow :shock: thank you!


Hi!!!!!!!!!

Thank you. Are you back from France now? We are missing your poetry here.

Author:  mutepointe [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:55 am ]
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my favorites were the blue flowers, the lichen, and the moss.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:01 am ]
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Great pictues ... the blue were my favorite as well... did you hand hold these shots or use a tripod/monopod?

I haven't tried the micro/macro feature of my camera yet but want to now .. just need something alive .. we are still in winter mode but expect things to start blooming soon.

Keep them coming.

Author:  Revles [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:29 am ]
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it's all just too much for me :lol: but what about some details of the camera...make etc and do you have interchangeable lenses etc.......these photos are really good......perhaps a bit of you expertise explained might help the lesser beings amongst us to achieve such quality...Les.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:07 am ]
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Nice pix!

Author:  Kathy [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 12:52 pm ]
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing them. We are having extra cold weather and snow this week. I can't wait for spring here!

Kathy :)

Author:  ConnieS [ Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:22 pm ]
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Spring blossom is my favorite! Like a ballerina.

These are beautiful!!

Author:  Kristos [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:12 am ]
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Nice! :D

For some reason, my shots of puffy clouds never come out good...

Author:  Randy [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:49 am ]
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beautiful country you have their . . . springs getting closer to blooming here in zona land - but not quite yet........God must be some planner!

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:48 am ]
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As long as Adrian keeps the fotos coming, I should never be wanting for new screen backgrounds. 8)

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:26 pm ]
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Revles wrote:
it's all just too much for me :lol: but what about some details of the camera...make etc and do you have interchangeable lenses etc.......these photos are really good......perhaps a bit of you expertise explained might help the lesser beings amongst us to achieve such quality...Les.


Apart from the clouds all the fotos were taken with a Fuji cheapie digital.

The lichen and moss are a bit out of focus but we were in a rush as we high in the mountain and needed to get down before sunset. So those were quick snaps in a hurry - hence the title of the thread.

Expertise? I don't really have much. I take lots of fotos as I am trying to use photography to give me a legitimate reason to spend a lot of time in the Muslim communities.

A few tips:

Nice photos have very little to do with the quality of your camera. The impact of your image depends mostly on how you frame it.

Placing the subject right in the centre of your frame is very strong and sometimes is OK but more usually if the subject is off centre there will be a better sense of balance.

Never go anywhere without your camera. In the film days a photographer always carried a compact film camera. These days they all carry digital compacts.

In composition it is good to forget rules and just let your eye be the judge of what is most pleasing.

Always use the highest settings. It is cheap and easy to store photos these days.

If your fotos are mediocre then you are probably not close enough to the subject. Look at Jim's fotos when he takes full frame pix of the cows etc.

If you have a boring white sky - don't include it in the picture unless you have to.

Take lots of fotos. If you have a digital then never take one picture if you can take 10 of your subject. I expect up to 20% of my photos to be sub standard if I have a bad day. But with a digital who really cares how many you have to delete when you get home?

Take photos from every angle and position. Notice how dramatic Jim's foto of the cow was when he took it from a low angle. Try taking pictures from a very very low position!

Look for lines in the frame that draw the eye in. Diagonals are very strong. Look at some good photos and be aware at what the eye looks at first and then how the eye is drawn around the picture. Do the same with paintings.

This time of year the best light is the warm light of dawn and dusk.

Keep the picture clean. Try to not have lots of distracting things in the photo.

Look at fotos in newspapers, magazines and books and try to work out why they work (or don't work). Cut some out and stick them in a scrap book for future ideas and reference.

Steal ideas! I loved Connie's snowflake foto so I was ready with my flash when we had snow. (It's a great idea Connie and it works.)

Avoid camera shake. Stand with feet about shoulder width apart. Taking the shot is just like taking an aimed shot with a weapon, try to be as still as you can, take a last breath and breathe out a little and then stop breathing and gently squeeze the shutter button. That soon becomes a habit and you won't even think about it and no more blurry shots.

Apart from taking a picture of a couple then nearly always an odd number of subjects will look more pleasing to the eye than an even number.

Finally - there are no hard and fast rules!

Well, that's a few ideas from an amateur.

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