View from the Train Platform (Thoughts and Criticism Appreciated)

2 months 2 weeks ago #650104 by Danni_Shiv


I may be going on a long road trip soon, and I wanted to secure a wide angle lens before I leave (otherwise I'll be shooting landscapes with a 50mm, which isn't the worst, but I would prefer options). Before taking the plunge and purchasing a nice wide angle for my 800, I wanted to test my Nikon D3300's kit lens (an 18-55mm dx lens) to see just how sharp and clean I could get the photos (using the 3300, of course, which, with a great lens, is a great camera).

Unfortunately, a kit lens is not exactly a "great lens".

Since these kit lenses are pretty notorious for producing sub par photos, I wasn't expecting much. This photo is one of the results. Shot with the shortest focal length at f 8, though 5.6 might have been better. I don't know if I'm pleased with it or not. I think it's an alright picture. I've seen people do some truly stunning things with kit lenses, so maybe with a little more fiddling I can get it right.

Wanted to mention I edited the photo so it would be that dark. Not sure if it actually adds to it in any way. I think the overall impression it gives off might be that of afternoon, but this was actually shot in the broad daylight of the morning. It also seems a bit slanted, but I'm not sure if my eyes are deceiving me, since I swear I corrected that while editing.


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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #650132 by Nikon Shooter

Danni_Shiv wrote: Unfortunately, a kit lens is not exactly a "great lens".



This capture could NEVER be helped by a better lens. 
The sky is well exposed and that's is about it. No main
subject, no attention grabber, and story telling… all of
these points are NOT lens dependant.

Technically recievable but, as a means of communication, 
seemingly falling very short. Keep at it! :)

Light is free… capturing it is not!

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2 months 2 weeks ago #650179 by Sarit Kevesh
I agree with NS. The composition of the shot has to improve by having a better point of interest. 


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2 months 2 weeks ago #650309 by Kelly Emery
Lights are good but the dark tones are too dark leaving the details charred. 


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2 months 1 week ago #650441 by Hannah Williams
The sky is a bit overexposed. But it's a nice view from there: overlooking the city. 


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