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December 28, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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2/1 second
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May 4, 2011, 10:12:31 PM
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Twilight II by Thomas-Koidhis Twilight II by Thomas-Koidhis
During another trip to Grosbeak Lake, Alberta, after the sun had gone down most of the clouds dissolved and left behind this bare sky. I think we nature photographers and appreciators really love our atmosphere and all of its many forms but I think we can agree that there are times when a lack of atmosphere is still quite beautiful. This photo isn't the best example of that but I really did love the forms of cracked mud here.

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vanguard1992 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I really appreciate this picture, it makes me want to pack my things up and travel travel travel :)
I also have a question, if you can reply and it isn't a professional secret: how do you get those fabulous colours, that definition of details? I'm a beginner, even don't know where to start from...

P.S.: this picture reminds me of Terje Sorgjerd's landscapes
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I know just what you mean. :) Not knowing where to start...It is important to start, for one! The colors, definition, detail - those are really attributes of image quality in my mind, and image accuracy. When I started photography I went through sort of an "hdr-phase" and as my technique and photographic experience "matured" I guess you could say, I aimed to get the colors as accurate and natural as possible next to the visual experience while there. Even though it is a big learning process, once you learn that, in terms of image quality at least, there are only a few main targets you have to hit - relatively "correct" brightness in the image; proper color or white balance; and accurate focus and sharpness - you'll find putting them all together to get a satisfying finished result (often with the use of post processing to tweak colors or brightness) gets quickly easier with practice.

For the battle of brightness, simply find a simple book on photography, either a beginners one or an introduction to the variables of manual exposure, where you'll learn to manipulate sensor sensitivity, wideness of your lens opening, and your shutter speed and how they relate to each other.

The color battle is perhaps a little more abstract, and some reading on color theory and white balance (can be done completely with online Google searches) should set you in the right direction.

As for detail and sharpness, it will help to learn the first two first. This is because your shutter speed and the width of your lens opening (known generally as aperture) have an effect on your depth of field (how wide the range of sharpness is for a particular lens at a particular setting) and sharpness. Eventually you will want to learn about a term called "Hyperfocal distance" if you are interested in getting the sharpest landscapes you can if you want to do this sort of photography. Aside from those things, your most important tool will be a tripod - the sturdier the better.

From there it is a mostly personal learning journey, I find. I hope some part of that helped! Also, there are few "professional" secrets, and I am sure not a professional, at least in terms of revenue =P however, I don't believe in trade secrets much anymore...I never feel as if I am competing with a rat race of photographers - I'm pretty much an open book when it comes to giving whatever photo advice I can!

vanguard1992 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow!!! You gave me a lot of useful advice, really :)
I think I will start to read and read and practice as soon as possible, and also ask my father who's really good at taking photos :) by the way, your reply has really helped me!!
Along with my practice, I'll let you know if things get better, and also will ask for your opinion, if you want :P Thanks!!
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
For sure :) Ask any time. I will try to get back to you in a timely way.
Burning-Liquid Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   Photographer
Great exposure man, And awesome location. Well done!
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thanks brother! Glad you think so. :D
jambe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
All these photos are fabulous. I like this one especially — lots of different textures going on.
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I'm glad you're enjoying them, man...thanks!!
COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Splendid and not everything beautiful is so colorful..
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
:) Thank you
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