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    Caitlin Compton

    My family and I recently went on a trip to Lakes Entrance for a week. I was excited to get a chance to do some landscape photography!

    Photo #1 – ‘Contemplation’
    This one was taken at sunset. I didn’t have time to scout around for ‘the perfect’ composition – my dad and I arrived on the beach right as the sun was setting. I immediately spotted this sand mound with the reeds growing in it and decided it’d make the best foreground elements and hastily set up my tripod! By itself it wasn’t very compelling, but then my Dad went and sat there to watch the sunset. I was like perfect -“Please, don’t move!” πŸ™‚ When I looked at it later, I thought it was neat how the reeds made a sorta circular leading line up to my Dad, as well as the footprints in the sand. The horizon is in the middle. I’m not sure of the placement? Any thoughts on the post processing, composition etc?

    ISO – 100
    Aperture – f/14
    Shutter Speed – 0.3
    Focal Length – 17mm

    Photo #2
    This was a beautiful rock formation that my family came across on our travels at a place called Buchan. My goal with this was to capture the beauty and grandeur of the formation as well as the texture and colours. I’m not sure if I achieved that or not. I got down as low as possible (which meant lying in the damp grass! πŸ˜‰ ) and tried to place the grey rock in between a gap in the grass as some sort of foreground element. Even though the rocks make an arrow which almost leads you out of the picture, I was hoping that the grey/whitish rock on the river edge was strong enough to pull the viewer back in and around again. I’m not sure though? Does the editing look too contrasty?

    ISO 100
    Aperture f/7.1
    Shutter Speed 1/80 sec
    Focal Length 18mm

    Photo #3
    This one was taken on the 90 mile beach right near near were we were staying. My whole family rugged up and trudged outside for the 5am sunrise. And it was so worth it – it was stunning! πŸ™‚ It was very hard to find an interesting composition, as again I didn’t have scouting time before it happened and it was basically just sand, the water and the sky. I took a LOT of pictures, but I really liked the textures and shapes in this one! Still, I’m not sure if it’s quite right somehow. Interested to hear some critique from fresh eyes. πŸ˜‰

    ISO 100
    Shutter Speed 1/50 sec
    Aperture f/4.5
    Focal Length 32mm


    James Staddon

    I really enjoyed looking at these pictures and reading your little stories behind them! If you can wait till the webinar next Tuesday, I’ll pull ’em up then! Sounds (and looks) like you had a great holiday. Wow, the whole family up and out the door for a 5am sunrise? That is so fun!


    Caitlin Compton

    If you can wait till the webinar next Tuesday, I’ll pull ’em up then!

    Looking forward to it, @jamesstaddon! πŸ™‚

    Here are the original, unedited versions, too. I meant to post them with the others, but forgot!


    James Staddon

    In case you missed the webinar or want to watch the critique of your photos again, here’s a replay link!

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