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    Taken at Tanjong Beach Sentosa. Remind me of scene from Top Gun?(or some other related movies) where fighter planes returing from duty with the exception now that it is replaced with the Chinooks.

    Exposure : 1/3200s
    Aperture :f/4.8
    ISO : 200
    WB : Auto

    Would like comment on the composition and the above 4 values.

    Original photo without any changes other than resizing & cropping(even more).



    Original photo without any changes other than resizing & cropping.

    Original posted photo. This photo was LR +0.7ev.
    Last edited by cryder; 29th July 2007 at 05:36 PM.
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    nice...
    but did you capture the choppers flying closer towards you?
    think it will have a bigger impact..

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    Nice idea... but the choppers too small to have any impact.

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    waahhh.. very vietnam war like shot.. reminds me of Alcopyse Now.. haha... better if the choopers were nearer to you to create more drama especially if you also slow down ur shutter to capture the rotating blades..

    as for background, maybe an orange-ish sunset may work.. it will add to the 'drama' of the shot like there's a war going on somewhere behind...

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    Tighter crop with darker shillouette will be better in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grainpixel View Post
    nice...
    but did you capture the choppers flying closer towards you?
    think it will have a bigger impact..
    hmm, cant remember whether the choppers were flying towards or away from me

    Quote Originally Posted by Brand View Post
    waahhh.. very vietnam war like shot.. reminds me of Alcopyse Now.. haha... better if the choopers were nearer to you to create more drama especially if you also slow down ur shutter to capture the rotating blades..

    as for background, maybe an orange-ish sunset may work.. it will add to the 'drama' of the shot like there's a war going on somewhere behind...
    the original was actually darker. i upped the ev by 0.7.

    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Tighter crop with darker shillouette will be better in my opinion.
    ya this i think so. should it be like the updated photo?
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    The choppers still look a bit too small...

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    Why not just crop to just above the sun?

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    hi, points from me:
    1. sky has quite a promising blend of clouds. perhaps you can wait for more colours in the sky to improve the pic. i would prefer the sun to occupy 1/3 top left.
    2. the vegetation on the land sure remind me of jungle war ops. however, the 2 plots of vegetation do not seem to be in line, giving me a misconception of horizon tilt. a tighter crop or a pan to the right would probably reduce the "parallax error" and give more focus on the flying objects.
    3. the chinhooks are good subjects as they are primarily troop carriers. If you take a closer zoom, it could bring out the subject more strongly.
    4. i believe this is shot handheld? try to go for a f/stop with greater DOF (like f/8) as it looks OOF and a lower shutter speed. you may get something more dramatic on the clouds if that day was windy.

    keep going, i can feel what you're driving at so it's a gd attempt imho
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    Choppers too small.

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    From my first look, i didnt even notice there's chopper~
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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    Choppers too small.
    no choice, only 1 shot. but anyway have cropped even more.


    Quote Originally Posted by lastboltnut View Post
    Why not just crop to just above the sun?
    oh, cos thot that the 'smoke' at the top left look like 'smoke' left behind by an artillery shot or some other weapons firing.
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    I feel the mood is there but the helis are too small, if you can capture just the helis a bit bigger and forms a silhouette in front of the sun , it would be nice.

    But great catch anyway.

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    Kinda gives me the old Vietnam war feel. Nicely done, helis a little too small though. Guess you weren't able to do much while trying to frame the sun and the helis within your shot. Nice shot anyway
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    Nice image. I like it... almost feeling "evil in paradise". I said almost because it would have been more perfect if the helicopters were Apaches and not the Chinook... now its more like "Delivery in Paradise"... ha ha ha... reminds me of war movie posters. Nice one... might want to work on the post processing a little more though... but nevertheless, I like the image.

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    nice....reminds me of M*A*S*H

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    Choppers are too small to be noticeable for silhouette effects and neither the clouds nor the sun is dramatic enough. Sorry, din work for me. Try again!
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    I took the liberty of tweaking the image colours and contrast a little, since I am such big battle movie fan... please let me know if you find this offending and I will gladly take it off...



    Looking at the washed out sun, makes me feel as if some Decepticon just fired a weapon or something... LOL. (Sorry, I am still in Transformers fever)...
    Last edited by microcosm; 30th July 2007 at 07:43 PM.

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    Looks better after PP, but sadly cant do much to salvage the 'decepticoned' sun
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    would look even better with the choppers closer to you
    TiInk microcosm's pp is not bad.Pity bout the sun though

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