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Decided to use my Canon 60D w/ my EFS 18-135mm lens for the first time.

Got a few shots and picked this one to be my first edit in Adobe Lightroom.

Thought I'd share to you guys. Hope my skills pick up along the way as I get use to my camera and using Lightroom for edits. Hope you enjoy.... I'll just be posting up pics every now and then.




-- The Lonely Cypress Tree, 17 Mile Drive, Monterey, CA--




--Pink Flower, Monterey, CA -- (No macro lens yet...)
 

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Good start. I think focus could be adjusted to hone in on the flower head more thus giving it better detail. :)
 

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hey rtz what's your name?
welcome to the photography section :gap:
i like both of them, the horizon seems off on the first one but besides that i like it. the 2nd one you should've stopped down some more so the flower would've been sharper.
 

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My name's Johnny.

And yeah... My horizon is kind of off on the first one. Should've used the leveler on my camera.

2nd picture could be better. And I think it would help if I get myself a macro lens in the future.

Much more room for growth! Thanks for all your advices!
 

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^And I can do that by just changing the shutter speed to say... 1/1000 for example?

What would change in that picture if I used a longer exposure?

I assume I'd get a different effect on the water since that's the only element moving in the picture... right?
 

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johnny first you have to stop down your camera to like f22 and get the shutter as slow as you can . try taking that same picture around 6pm or when the sun is setting and you'll see how nice the water will turn out.
 

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nice pictures! and amazing scenery
 

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johnny first you have to stop down your camera to like f22 and get the shutter as slow as you can . try taking that same picture around 6pm or when the sun is setting and you'll see how nice the water will turn out.
This would probably require a tripod since any slight movement can make the picture blurry. But I think I know what you mean... I will definitely try this out.

Is this concept the same if I wanted to take a picture of the highway with the effect of getting the lights on the cars to appear like streaks?
 

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yeah you can get the same effect as well :gap:
johnny are you sure that's a 13mm and not an 18mm?
 

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^I stand corrected. It's a 18mm. If I had a 13mm, I think my macro shots would look better ^_^

Just working w/ what I have for now. Will upgrade my lens in the near future. Any recommendations?

I bought the 60D mainly because of its videography features. Had I wanted to do it for photography, I would've chosen a Nikon D7000 or anything Nikon for that matter...
 

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a 13mm wouldn't have made your lens any better for macro photography. you need a lens that has a macro ratio of 1:1. there are some lenses that are 1:2 which aren't that bad for macro work. what do you plan on shooting in the future?
 
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