Out in wilds of the Amazon

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by destrkta, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. destrkta

    destrkta Member

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    So started getting a chance to go through my photos from my trip to SA last year, here are some snaps takens during my 3 days stay in the Amazon.

    PP may still be a touch off so C&C appreciated. So now for the photos

    1. Arrival at the lodge
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    Amazon Rainforest-38 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    2. Sunset across the water
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    Amazon Rainforest-37 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    3. Riverbank across the Amazon
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    Amazon Rainforest-36 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    4. Swimming with Piranha's
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    Amazon Rainforest-34 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    5. Storm setting in
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    Amazon Rainforest-32 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    6. Peekaboo
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    Amazon Rainforest-29 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    7. Turkey Bird
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    Amazon Rainforest-27 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    8. In search of the Anaconda
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    Amazon Rainforest-25 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    9. White Caiman Alert
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    Amazon Rainforest-22 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    10. What are you looking at ?
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    Amazon Rainforest-20 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    11. I think I can make this jump
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    Amazon Rainforest-19 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    12. Hanging by a tail
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    Amazon Rainforest-18 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    13. Choice
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    Amazon Rainforest-17 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    14. My precious
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    Amazon Rainforest-16 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    15. Is anyone watching ?
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    Amazon Rainforest-14 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    16. Interesting Flora, it seemed to interest some girls I wonder why
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    Amazon Rainforest-11 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    17. Entrance to Monkey Island (should of been prior to the monkeys...)
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    Amazon Rainforest-10 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    18. Amazonian Fruits of plunder
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    Puerto Maldonado-6 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr

    19. Wonder if this thing flies
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    Puerto Maldonado-1 by Dynamic Photography, on Flickr
     
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    destrkta

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    No comments at all ? :(
     
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    #1 looks a little washed out
    #2 looks quite underexposed apart from some reflection ( it doesnt scream sunset to me )

    #4 is my pick because it has something of interest

    Quite a few of the shots lack a real point of interest although I'm sure they mean a lot to you having been there

    #14 and #15 ( Monket shots ) looks like an interesting subject but you have a lot of clear space above the monkeys head and have chopped his tail. If they had been reframed prior to the shutter going off they would be great
     
  4. Speaker4TheDead

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    15 is probably my favorite, the rest doesn't really do it for me.. sorry.
    The wildlife shots seem too loosely cropped.

    As you said.. pp not done fully? the panos and landscapes seems off.. bit too dark here and there.

    The piranha shot seems have too much contrast.

    Colours seem dull in general.
    Might be my screen but can only comment on what I see.

    Cheers
     
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    Thanks guys, only way I'm going to get better is others opinion and learning.

    In the pp I tried to drop the green to bring out the monkey's, pp and getting colors right seems to be a major issue. Maybe need a new monitor...
     
  6. Dave2972

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    It looks to me that you left the auto exposure on "average" rather than "spot" for quite a few of your shots and they tend to be under-exposed for most of them. Or at least the crops you have presented.

    You have a few tricky shots, e.g. "turkey bird" that could have used some fill flash and a prayer that the bird did not fly of during the shot.

    Shot "18. Amazonian Fruits of plunder" is another that fill-flash should have been used with. The clothes shop on the right-hand side of the shot is over exposed but the fruit on the left-hand side is under-exposed.

    Your croppings are all over the place and about the only ones that presented as centred on a point of the photo was the monkey's head in shot 6, the tip of the seed pod in shot 16 and the monkey in shot 11.

    The rest of the crops look a bit random as you have not considered "thirds". In pic 12, you should have cropped more off the bottom and less off the top so the vertical height of the monkey should have filled the top two-thirds of the shot, with a bit of space around it, and kept the centred vertical line down through the photo between the monkey's eyes. That may be a bit off for the thirds in all directions but it will work. I would be very interested in seeing a post of a re-crop of that pic with my suggestion.

    Anyway, have fun with your camera and experiment and take lots of shots. Mostly, it gets down to taking a lot of shots at different settings and then picking out the best one at the end to present.

    For example, if you are shooting a fairly static scene and your camera has "bracketing" mode you could shoot the shot and wait for it to take the series of photos and then pick the best one out later, a tripod is good for that kind of shot sequence.

    Still, an Amazon shoot is something I am interested in doing but not if I have to swim in piranha infested waters. I have swam with sharks but I'll give piranhas a miss. I have swam over stone-fish and while my body was less than 30cm above them they did not get alarmed and raise their spines. All I had on was swim-shorts, goggles, snorkel and flippers and I kept calm while I swam directly over the top of the fish. I would like to see some piranhas in a fish tank or bits of them on the end of my fork, apparently they taste nice when cooked, but not in the wild unless I am quite a reasonable distance from the water that they are in.
     

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