Some pictures from Tobermory in Ontario Canada

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Some pictures from Tobermory in Ontario Canada

Postby Cottonmouth » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:57 pm

My wife and I just took a couple days off and went to a B&B near Tobermory up on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. It was not a peak tourist season, but it did allow me to get some nice shots.

Not sure what these flowers are but they grew in patches in random places, The only bit of colour this time of year.
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My lovely wife.
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Typical Bruce shoreline.
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Light House at Cabot Head.
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Shoreline at Cape Chin.
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Canadian Coastguard in Tobermory
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Here is a shot of part of the Lion's Head marina with the Niagara Escarpment bluffs in the background.
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Duck fly-by at Lion's Head
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The next few shots are of a Snowy Owl we spotted in a field bythe road we were driving. They are rare and I have not seen one in nearly 20 years.
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We also spotted a Buffalo begging for a pic.
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Here is a couple of shots of Fergus from our drive home.
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Let me know how you like the pics :wink:
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Postby Q u e n t i n » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:08 pm

My pic of the lot is the Shorline at Cape Chin. I like how the two seaguls are looking in different directions and how the background is subtely out of focus.

For the rest, you need to work on exposition. For example your sky is always far too white in my opinion.

Thanks for sharing!
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Postby Cottonmouth » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:10 pm

I am still learning how to use the D80. The sky was mostly overcast the whole time we were there. But the cloud cover was very thin, so it always appeared very bright.

Anyone have any tips for me to reduce the "over-exposure" issues?

I think my next purchase will be a polarizing filter to help make the skies a little more blue.
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Postby Q u e n t i n » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:18 pm

Well it's basically comes down to the exposure compensation. On the D80 it goes from -3 (darkest) to +3 (brightest).
Here check this Cameral Labs tutorial out, I'm sure you'll find it to be useful.

And keep on shooting, the D80 is a great piece of gear!

EDIT: the D80 goes from -5 to +5, my mistake
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Postby Cottonmouth » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:38 pm

Excellent! I will give it a try next time I am shooting!

Thanks for the tip! :D
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Postby cameraguy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:11 pm

i kinda like the flying duck, for the reflection, but it is out of focus. good try though
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Postby Cottonmouth » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:45 pm

cameraguy wrote:i kinda like the flying duck, for the reflection, but it is out of focus. good try though


Ya... I know. It was a spur-of-the-moment shot. I had to do a real quick focus and then match the speed of the duck in flight. Then of course I cropped the pic a bit to frame it better. So... ya... Unfortunately the pic didn't turn out as sharp as I would have liked.

What sort of setting should I use to capture a bird in flight? The other owl ones were not so crisp.
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Postby cameraguy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:50 pm

i'm not really the person to ask about settings but i think you would use a faster shutter speed to freeze the motion.
for a spur-of-the-moment shot it is good
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Postby Gordon Laing » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:28 pm

As cameraguy says, if you wnat to freeze the action, you need a fast shutter speed, and if there isn't enough light, you'll need to increase your ISO sensitivity.

Alternatively you could use a slower shutter speed, but follow the moving subject as you take the photo - so the subject will be reasonably sharp, but the background will be blurred, giving an impression of motion.

See this tutorial.
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Postby jka » Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:59 am

Hi Cottonmouth......D80 likes to overexpose, giving you the washed out white sky. I set the exposure comp. at -.7, leave it there, and shoot in Aperature mode most of the time. After you take your shot take preveiw it in the camera, anything "flashing" in the pic. is overexposed, you can play around with the exposure until your happy.

If your shooting backlit subjects you'll have to set a positve E/V to get the subjects properly exposed. Anything moving fast requires a fast shutter if you want to freeze it, how fast you set you shutter depends on how much light is avalable. If your in apperature mode a large apperature setting lets in more light and will give you a fast shutter.

I also set the sharpness value to high.

Hope this helps...D80 is a great camera once you get it set properly.

Your shots of Tobermory make me want to go there again, we used to camp alot up that way, can't beat the Bruce Penisnsula..... :)

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Postby kpr » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:13 am

Great shots cottonmouth.
Coast Gaurd lifeboatman myself...guess which pic is my fav?...lol
Noooo not the boat!!!
Been chasing a Snowy Owl UNsuccessfully all winter here...grrr!...that one!

Dunno how the Nikon will handle it but my in flight shots are mostly done..
Aperature priority ISO 400 and keep the f/# as low as you can..
Might work :wink:
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Postby Cottonmouth » Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:04 pm

Thanks for all the great tips guys. The D80 is my first DSLR. My last camera was a Sony DSC-P30 1.3 mega-pixel.

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I still keep it in my camera bag because it still takes great pictures and I am also still a little attached to it. :)
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Postby cameraguy » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:57 pm

i remember the p30. i think i might of had one...
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