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Re: [OM] santa monica, ca

Subject: Re: [OM] santa monica, ca
From: Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:07:26 +0000
Hi Nico

Thanks for your photos.  We aren't getting many sunsets, or sunrises  
at the moment: a ridge of high pressure is sitting over the UK making  
the air too stable for anything interesting, but for frost.

I like sunsets and yours are lovely.  But I wouldn't compose photos  
like 0345 or 0347 as the sun is unclear and dominates the image.  I  
find 0356 better as there are the cars' roofs to balance the photo a  
little, but the sun still blows out the surroundings.  0427 is very  
nicely composed, in my view; the Christmas lights balance the  
silhouette of the chap apparently gazing at the horizon.  The  
aircraft's contrail could be a distraction, but I think that it adds  
to the image.

0433 and 0470 are great, especially as the latter seems to have kids  
enjoying the sea.  0502 would be great but for the distraction of the  
highlights down the right-hand side.

Now, some of us have a bit of a "thing" about Flickr.  It's difficult  
to navigate, counter-intuitive, I'd say, and the first sight of the  
images tends to be a small one.  But CoolIris (was PicLens) normally  
mitigates the size and navigation problem by giving you a wall of  
images to view against a dark background.  I say "normally" because  
you haven't uploaded files large enough to view with CoolIris.  If you  
try installing CoolIris (it works on the Mac in Safari and Firefox)  
you will see the effect; you could always uninstall it if you wanted.

Finally, I had not noticed the horizons, but iPhoto has a "straighten"  
control with a grid to assist you.

And all best wishes to you and yours too, thank you :-)


On 31 Dec 2008, at 08:33, Nicoletta Da Ros wrote:

> hello all,
> i just uploaded a few photos i took a couple of days ago in santa
> monica, ca, at the pier. here you can find the set:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolegaia/sets/72157611934198706/
> i somehow managed to beat rush-hour traffic and make it there in time
> for sunset.
> i am aware that i am quite new at this, and in no way my photos are
> as beautiful as yours, you have way more experience than i do (i just
> got olivia a year ago - E-510). but precisely because of this, i
> would love it if you could let me know what you think; your input
> (positive as well as negative) is much appreciated.
> thanks to you all, and my best wishes for the new year to you and
> your loved ones.

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