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Maui - First Photo Post
May 24, 2014

I've been lurking around here after owning an E-M5 for about 18 months or so. It's my first ILC so I've been doing a lot of reading and learning.

I finally worked up the stones to post some of my photos in the hopes that it will help me progress in my photographic adventure. C&C on both composition and PP welcome and encouraged, but take it easy on me, I'm still a newbie!

These were all taken on a Thanksgiving vacation to Maui.

All taken with the E-M5 and Oly 14-54mm II or Pan 45-150mm in RAW and PP in LR.

1 - White Hibiscus

2 - Thanksgiving Sunset

3 - Native Bird Silhouette

4 - Rowing

5 - Sunset Sail

6 - Cliff Diver

7 - Sunset at 10k feet

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In reply to javyNJ, May 24, 2014

These are nice, but it's hard to judge from mostly sunset photos, which are just too darned easy. So is the flower. The diver is cool, though.

I'm a bit surprised, given your liking for scenics, that you didn't shoot any wider than about 54mm.

Keep taking photos!

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In reply to javyNJ, May 24, 2014

My favorite is #4 Rowing. I'd call this photo "Silver Light" It is perfect for my eyes.

Also I haven't found anything that deserves bashing - all of your shots are well done, but #4 is very special

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In reply to Jim Salvas, May 24, 2014

The more I shoot the more I find myself gravitating towards narrower fov, whether its landscapes or portraits.

I admit, taking pictures of anything in Maui is just darned easy Jim. The colors are just so vibrant and everywhere you look there's something gorgeous to point a camera at. Still, baby steps, right?

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Please understand, I'm not denigrating your work here.

I frequently shoot sunsets and sunrises, mainly for the memories of the places I've been.

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In reply to s_grins, May 24, 2014

Thanks S. I sat and watched that picture come together for a while hoping that the paddleboarder and the canoe would cross the light at the same time...

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I really enjoyed 6 and 7! Great catch on the diver. The clouds are great on the sunset shot!

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In my opinion, overall pretty good. I wanted to provide some feedback as constructive criticism that might be helpful so while there are no right answers, I might have made a few changes:

1. A bit higher exposure if you don't blow the highlights

2. I would prefer the horizon a little higher up

3, 4, 5 look good

6. This might be stronger with a tighter crop

7. Very nice as-is

As they say, there is no accounting for taste so this is just my two cents!

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Very nice photos.  The diver off the cliff is a great capture.

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Nice shots! I was in Maui in December and took sunrise photos on Haleakala, but I really like your sunset photo. The cliff diver photo is great, but I find the vertical arrow and its angled support to be distracting. I would clone those out, personally. And it looks like perhaps it should be rotated counterclockwise slightly, to get the waterline against the distant land mass horizontal?

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Thanks for the detailed response! I'll definitely go back and see how your suggestions change things...

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In reply to brentbrent, May 25, 2014

We planned on going at sunrise but getting up that early on vacation was just not happening.
You're right about the diver, the horizon does look a little off. I'll definitely make that change! As for the arrow, that's actually a torch. I cloned out some other extraneous stuff from that cliff already and thought it looked OK, but if its not clear what it is then its probably not adding anything. Thanks!

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javyNJ wrote:

We planned on going at sunrise but getting up that early on vacation was just not happening.
You're right about the diver, the horizon does look a little off. I'll definitely make that change!

A friend told us to do the sunrise trip the first morning after arrival, while still on mainland time. Worked pretty well. Here's what you missed:

Looking again, I can see a faint flame from the torch in your diver photo. Your call, of course, but I'd prefer the image without it. My eye just keeps getting drawn to that. The colors in that image are lovely, kudos for not overdoing it in PP (which I tend to do).

Brent

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I don't pretend to be an expert, but I'm happy to try to provide a little help.

I would put these at the high end of "vacation snaps." All nice; nothing really worth printing or putting on the wall. I don't have any technical issues (thought that would be worth thinking about for the most special of your shots). As I think others also suggested, more rare moments and configurations stand out. The diver and paddle-board/canoe are the best in that regard.

If I had one piece of advice, it would be look for something special, moments or compositions. I would love to have a vacation portfolio like yours, but "special shots" go a bit beyond.

Here's a link to a short set of pix we took on Maui in 2012 (about a month before I converted to m 4/3). They are, like yours "nice vacation snaps," but a few arguably transcend that about an inch. We did print and hang some of the Haleakala shots. Moody with the fog. I also like the composition on some of the beach shots, with a critical wave moment, and the bamboo forest was just cool. I think you have to work for great shots. On our last trip to North Shore Oahu, we spent 3 days shooting waves. I got 3 that I liked enough to print.

Maui 2012

Well, heck, here are a few favorites. As I say, nothing that special, but they were shots that were carefully composed and sometime I had to wait quite a bit for the right moment. Worth it.

We had to wait a couple of hours to get the fog the way we wanted it.

Earlier than above. I'm a sucker for winding paths.

This is all about the geometry.

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I like the cliff diver!

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Cheers, geoff

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Jim Salvas wrote:

These are nice, but it's hard to judge from mostly sunset photos, which are just too darned easy.

In Hawaii they are

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Welcome to MFT Forum.

Most of the pics are very nice.

But to my eyes, a few horizons don't look level. Did you use the in-camera level function?

Also, did you shoot any scenics in daylight?

Thanks for sharing, and hope to see more of your photos here.

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Jim Salvas wrote:

These are nice, but it's hard to judge from mostly sunset photos, which are just too darned easy. So is the flower. The diver is cool, though.

I'm a bit surprised, given your liking for scenics, that you didn't shoot any wider than about 54mm.

Keep taking photos!

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Shooting sunsets are easy because you can shoot everyday if you want. But getting a really good shot is really hard. So many variables need to be in line before you can get a good shot. I have about 400 shots of sunsets from Magic Island in Hawaii and only 2 of them are OK in my estimation. The biggest "problem" is cloud formation. Too much or too little clouds and you get "snap shot" photos.

The best is a sky full of individual cumulus clouds spread over most of the sky. Then at one point during sunset, the clouds light up from the horizon to over your head. I missed such a sight by one day several years ago. The day after shooting a Magic Island, the evening local news showed the amazing sunset. At least I saw is in on TV from my sister's apartment. As the saying goes: f/8 and be there! I wasn't there

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Len_Gee wrote:

Welcome to MFT Forum.

Most of the pics are very nice.

But to my eyes, a few horizons don't look level. Did you use the in-camera level function?

You're right, the horizons are slightly off. I'll have to tweak that. Thanks

Also, did you shoot any scenics in daylight?

Here are few daylight photos. Frankly I find most scenes in 'normal light' to be underwhelming to my eye.

7 - Miniature Landscape

8 - Winding Road

9 - Hold the Line

10 - Endless Valley

Thanks for sharing, and hope to see more of your photos here.

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