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Kim Siemers submitted this image taken with a Canon Rebel XSi, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 100. This is a new camera for Kim and she was shooting on aperture priority. This is a nice start but needs a little work. The positives here are the grass anchoring the left corner and the diagonal walkway out to the boat. The negatives are the post creeping in on the right side of the frame and the messy top of the image.

Kim Siemers submitted this image taken with a Canon Rebel XSi, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 100. This is a new camera for Kim and she was shooting on aperture priority. This is a nice start but needs a little work. The positives here are the grass anchoring the left corner and the diagonal walkway out to the boat.  The placement of the boat is also a positive.  The negatives are the post creeping in on the right side of the frame and the messy top of the image. Consider cropping this frame tighter to alleviate the tree branch peeking into the frame top right and on the left of the frame and the post on the right of the frame.  What you will have left is an endless body of water along with the grass and the boat along the dock cleaning the image up and bringing attention back to the scene. The next problem is the exposure. This can be tricky in situations like this, having set the camera to aperture priority, the exposure is set for the whole frame. With all of the light hitting the water, the camera underexposes the boat, which has some detail that would add to the image.  To compensate for this, either adjust the exposure to overexpose the scene possibly blowing out the highlights in the water, or pop a little flash in to light up the foreground, lastly you could take multiple exposures and combine them in post processing allowing for a good exposure of the water, the boat and the foreground.  Of course there will be the people that suggest the boat be a silhouette in this picture which would be fine but the detail in the image would add some nice contrast and interest to this image.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets three stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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