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    Default Tanjiong at Muar, Malaysia

    Hi, I am new and wanted to pick up more tips and tricks on photography.
    Here I have a photo taken lately and hope to seek for advices.


    1. in what area is critique to be sought?

    exposure, composition, post process and anything which interest or disturb you.

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?

    I wanted to learn how to take a nice piece of landscape.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)

    I took this photo because I was attracted to the peace and calming sea which gave me a smoothing feeling.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture

    I like the way it was taken, not a lot of distracting details. Just the sea and the sky. But the tiny bird adds to a small detail to the overall photo.

    Please help by giving me as many advices as possible.

    Thanks a million.

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    Hi all pros out there,

    please give me advices..

    Thanks a million.

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    1. i cant tell it is tanjiong beach at muar.
    2. color is washed out
    3. doesn't point me to anything i.e. if i look at your picture there's no theme

    what i suggest
    1. most will wait for sunset or sunrise for more interesting development
    2. focus on the wildlife on the beach? if i use my magnifying glass, looks like a stork?

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    agree that can't tell this is tanjong at all, but decent photo... nothing very good or very bad about composition. bird is too small to make much difference. the dark-ish clouds could be an interesting photo, but must put horizon line lower, or if the calm water is your subject, put horizon higher... this one doesn't really have much punch.

    perhaps using a model to add scale/story would have been more interesting, or wait for a subject like a boat. or zoomed more at the bird. or taken a picture of the nearby run-down pier. basically you need a subject, unless you are really really good at landscape composition. read a few books, they will give you tips to give your landscape pictures purpose

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    Thanks for the advices.
    I think these points are really beneficial.
    Will take note the next time.

    Do take a look at my other photos at Flickr to give me more advices on how I could better composite my photos.. Thanks a lot.

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    nothing that catches my attention in this image.
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    Default Re: Tanjiong at Muar, Malaysia

    Why would you want to know where the place is?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627986
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=554629
    http://www.davidclapp.co.uk/image_gallery.php (World famous photographer)
    These are all fabulous pictures!Does this tells you where it's from?Why is the a need?I don't seem to know where are they from

    Your photo is abit great,beautiful clouds,I can see great details of the ground,there's a strong foreground, I don't like vignetting,and there seem to be a purple cast on my screen,You could try BNW because the clouds have great detail,and your foreground is dark,so there's a distinct difference between the background and the foreground

    It's like you can only shoot the Esplanade and CBD in Singapore because if you go to places like Labrador or Punggol I wouldnt know it's Singapore!
    Last edited by lamergod; 29th December 2009 at 10:20 PM.

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    At 1st glance I thought it is a black n white.... ha ha.
    The colour is not dramatic (will add point if it is)
    Composition is fine for me. If you manage to add human element into it will be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamergod View Post
    Why would you want to know where the place is?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627986
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=554629
    http://www.davidclapp.co.uk/image_gallery.php (World famous photographer)
    These are all fabulous pictures!Does this tells you where it's from?Why is the a need?I don't seem to know where are they from

    Your photo is abit great,beautiful clouds,I can see great details of the ground,there's a strong foreground, I don't like vignetting,and there seem to be a purple cast on my screen,You could try BNW because the clouds have great detail,and your foreground is dark,so there's a distinct difference between the background and the foreground

    It's like you can only shoot the Esplanade and CBD in Singapore because if you go to places like Labrador or Punggol I wouldnt know it's Singapore!
    lamergod - dont jump on other peoples comments. i made that comment with reference to his title - because it is entitled tanjiong beach.

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    Hi all pros,

    Thanks for the advices. I apologised for the title. I put this title purely because I took these photos there. I didn't really want to associate the outputs to the title.

    I will take extra note the next time. I do agreed that there is nothing much to attract attention on. Just that the reason I took this shoot as I was attracted by the calm & peaceful feeling it gave me.

    If you have time, do check out the other photos I took during the trip and give me more constructive feedbacks.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahqiang/4180530443/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahqiang/4180532485/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahqiang/4181297028/

    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokiemon View Post
    lamergod - dont jump on other peoples comments. i made that comment with reference to his title - because it is entitled tanjiong beach.
    The first link is entitled London

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    I quite like 29 and 36, though once again it seems that you are showing too much of the scene and not 'kicking' one aspect into prominence...

    For 29, it could have been stronger if you left out the foreground and concentrated on the submerged trees and the dark clouds. Once again, your horizon was in the center of the frame, but the foreground isn't very special at all... if you had moved the horizon to the bottom third, the picture would be much stronger.

    For 36, again you have the strong clouds, but i think the house in the background spoils the grey-green-blue dark and moody colourscheme. You could have changed the angle of the shot to cut the house out, or used portrait orientation instead to show off the very textural rocks in front, with the smooth and dark sky.

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    Like others have mentioned, the photo needs an anchor as my eyes keep moving, looking for something. The clouds do look nice, but if you could add that little extra something, it would have turned out nicer!

    Thanks for posting.

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    Attracted by the topic... because I'm from Muar Before I begin, it's supposed to be "Tanjung Emas"

    I have gone to the place so many times and as others had stated, you might need something to catch people's attention. I understand that you might try to bring out the calm feel but calm might "accidentally" result in dull as well.

    Sharing two of my quite recent shots, I can take it down if you are uncomfortable with it, just PM me yeah



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    Quote Originally Posted by szeping View Post
    Attracted by the topic... because I'm from Muar Before I begin, it's supposed to be "Tanjung Emas"

    I have gone to the place so many times and as others had stated, you might need something to catch people's attention. I understand that you might try to bring out the calm feel but calm might "accidentally" result in dull as well.

    Sharing two of my quite recent shots, I can take it down if you are uncomfortable with it, just PM me yeah



    Good stuff. At least now i know how tanjung beach looks like!!! this is what i meant by my earlier comments "i do not know this is tanjung beach".

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    szeping is your first pic a HDR ? also was there additional dodge and burn done? i love the effect
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    Quote Originally Posted by blurry80 View Post
    szeping is your first pic a HDR ? also was there additional dodge and burn done? i love the effect
    Hi blurry80, it's HDR. And we shall comment on TS's photo anyway

    Dave, after looking at the photo once again... IMHO, there's really no kicking elements inside. You may want to try sunset/sunrise (for Tanjung, it's sunset) to give a more dramatic sky for seascape shots next time. Or, add something at foreground.
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    Szeping - Thanks for your photos. It is really much nicer. I don't stay there, therefore didn't get a chance to see the sunset. (there was no sunset that day when I shot) I was more attracted by the calmness.

    Thanks all. I did learnt a lot from here. will take extra note whenever I shoot.

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    hehe... my mum's home town.. great place, great food, slow pace of life...
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    Refering to the topmost photo you put up for critique, that site has potential for a good landscape picture but your photo lacks the impact, dramatic lightning, colours which gives landscape life. Contrast is dull and flat, suggest you return again another time.

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