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Added by Bonnie W
on Aug 22, 2010.


  • Bonnie W

    Two questions. This is looking west from Olympic Village. The geese were barely moving but they were a bit blurred in every shot so I switched to 'night portrait' mode where the flash comes on for an instant but the background continues with its long exposure. It accomplished freezing the movements of the geese. At first I was pleased with it but now when I look at the blurred geese pics I think they are better because they are more realistic. I would like comments on whether or not you feel the flashed birds creates a better effect than the blurred birds, or is it just a matter of preferennce. You can view the blurred birds in the August folder, pic#25. Of course with such a small subject it may be difficult to tell. Secondly, the city reflection is broken by a walkway across the water, which I think makes the brain work instead of relax, the two bodies of water do not seem related. Similar shots taken earlier in the evening where the walkway is more visible look better to me. Is this walkway causing as much problem here as I think it is?

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  • Russ K.

    I think it's all a matter of personal preference. What I like is that you experimented with different looks on the geese, giving you choices to work with and think about. I'd use my own personal compass at this point and decide without external input. On the walkway/reflection issue, I'm also happy that you've experimented. The question to be answered is: "what's more important, the reflections or the walkway?" You must pick, and then do something with the choice. cheers, Russ

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  • Bonnie W

    Thanks Russ for your empowering comments I have interpreted as 'an artist shows what he wants to show.' I compared the two once again. This one is still & glassy and a bit darker due to the night coming on so quickly (and taken from a slightly different angle so that more reflection is showing). The flashed geese therefore look fine in this photo. Whereas the other photo is softer in general, reflections and all, so the soft look of the blurred geese look fine in it. I like your question of what is more important. I don't care for the middle reflection once the walkway gets so dark so I should lower my camera to exclude it, or slice the photo horizontally to make two separate photos. Thanks heaps, I'm off to Olympic Village to try this shot again.

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  • Russ K.

    Good on ya - show us what you come up with :-) cheers, Russ

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  • Debojit

    The question to ask is how important are the geese in this image, when I look at this picture, the first thing I will notice are the buildings and Cambie bridge. If I were to inspect closely, I would notice the birds. A bit later in the evening and a longer exposure would probably get rid of the birds and bring out the colors in the sky better. I might also try taking the shot from the walkway such that there is no interference in the reflections. That's just my opinion though.

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  • Bonnie W

    And good opinion it is! I suppose I wanted to show how the city tries to overpower nature, show how the birds are getting on with their life in spite of it. This shot is really about the birds for me although they are such a small part of the photo... like you I first see the cityscape and yet the birds draw my eye and, I think, provide a bit of balance. I like your idea about longer exposure to get rid of movement in the composition. Never occurred to me to do that, but now it is in my mind, so thanks for that and thanks for your opinions. They all help.

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