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Photographer's Note

Photography for Beginners (PfB) is a new Theme that I will create for a series that I wish to present on this site, starting with this one today. The idea came to mind while I was trekking the mountain today, exploring a new waterfall and a new route. For my past 200 posts and viewing all the galleries here, including receiving and giving critiques, doing workshops, I am convinced that I have picked up improvements to my digital photography and outlook on the environment. There are many members that I have to express my appreciation for the tips and pointers shown to me during this period, but rather than naming them, I now choose to start something which will hopefully be of some use to newcomers.

I hope that other more experienced photographers will give constructive critiques and add more pointers through such process, to add meaning to the series. It is fine if you give some encouragement or praise to boost my ego (we may need it from time to time when we are losing steam on photography interest?), but more importantly, your critiques which help myself and others can become of more value.

Themes on this site can be into many unlimited areas.

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For this photo, I had a polarizer filter to bring color saturation but which may cut out the light by lowering the shutter speed a few stops. So it is useful to use a tripod for a good shutter speed.

My ISO200 was to enable a faster shutter.

For framing the composition, the kit lens 18-135mm was stretched to 135mm limit so that I could avoid the concrete wharf at the right side. The vertical composition too was to avoid unnecessary distraction as the boat was moored to the concrete wharf. I tried to capture the little boy showing part of the boat - the boat where he lived as his home.

The late afternoon sun was good and bright for a nice contrast of color, and the fishing boat was always a good subject for this purpose. I included the partially torn Malaysian flag, and the wooden post at the right would be my limit of frame.

What was my motive for this shot? The boat? Or the boy? My 1st choice was of course the boat, then the boy came walking out, saw me and tried to hide. But before he disappeared, I whistled, and caught some of his attention, shot a few frames before he was gone.

For me, this may not be a great shot. But it showed the kind of boat at the Kuching Waterfront with blue water of Sarawak River, and thrown in the light+shadow on the boat. In Malaysia, most towns are located near to riverbanks, so you will find such a place a good practice for photography at early morning or late afternoon.

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Ok, a bit of information about computer software to EDIT your photos before you post on this site (remember the max 800pixel and min 250pixel upto 300kb filesize for posting and workshop as well).

Free software you can download to EDIT photos
Irfanview
PhotoFiltre
Paint.Net
Gimp
Raw Therapee

...among many others

Thanks folks, that is all for today. Cheers, bill

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