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1700+ shots to go through and its really hard................

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Posted 26-09-09 at 12:13 PM by Stephen

................ to pick out the ones you want to use in a presentation. Its only for family and friends to look at but if there are too many anyone would get bored eventually, so I like to keep it down to a slideshow that lasts between 25 & 30 mins.

Here is a case in point. The shot was taken on Maligne Lake at Spirit Island. Its similar to one I showed before in my blog. The location is a classic Canadian Rockies photo location, the sort of thing you see on postcards and chocolate boxes etc. There is no road to this point, you have get there by boat as we did.



You then get off the boat and walk the short trek up the path to the viewpoint/overlook. To make the most of the visit as conditions are pretty good weatherwise, you feel obliged to take a shed load of photos, well it would be rude not to The thing is though that your shots are pretty much the same as the many thousands of people who have been there before. You try to look for something different so take a load more shots between the boat and the viewpoint. Its no good though, its all been done before, so you just have to accept it and do the best you can, I ain't gonna be buying postcards anyway

So the problem comes when you are back home, of choosing a couple or three definitive shots to include in the slide-show. Its fairly easy to sift out the no hopers, the ones that are obviously too overexposed, have excessive flare, or for other reasons are duffers Oh by the way, you may have noticed the sun was in the wrong direction, so I'm not happy about that. You can't do anything about that though, esp when you have to be back on the boat in 15mins and the sun isn't going to move significantly in that time. So once again you do your best, underexpose a bit to allow for the brightness of the sky, hoping to lift the shadows later. Oh dear, the trials of holiday photography

Anyway, I'm still no nearer choosing which shots I'm going to use, there are just too many decent shots of this stunningly beautiful place, so I just may end up having to bore everyone with more photos Here's another taken from nearby, with a different camera, perhaps you can see how difficult it might be to choose between them.

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    Pol's Avatar
    What a joy when you can't decide, eh ... LOL If I have to whittle things down I usually ask David which one(s) to use.

    If I was forced to choose just the one between the two you've posted here, I'd choose the top one. My main reason would be simply because it shows slightly more of the overall view of the scene. It's also just a tad more moody than the second one.

    Mind you - I'd definitely have both printed. I have Photobox 7x5 prints for almost all but my grottiest pics. That's what I'd be doing if I'd just come back from a trip like yours.
    Posted 26-09-09 at 12:53 PM by Pol Pol is offline
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    A few years ago I had a similar problem when my wife returned from a trip like yours across Canada. Short list, short list and short list again was the only way we managed to whittle them down to DVD slideshow. Took forever and still some times look back at the project and wonder if we got it right. Good luck to you. I'm currently sorting through 200 + wedding shots trying to select whats best to put in an album.
    Posted 26-09-09 at 08:51 PM by Rodbender Rodbender is online now
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    Hi

    What a great "problem" to have through. Very jealous. Did you enjoy the E P1?

    Josh
    Posted 27-09-09 at 09:09 AM by Josh Bear Josh Bear is offline
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    Hi

    What a great "problem" to have through. Very jealous. Did you enjoy the E P1?

    Josh
    I did enjoy using it Josh, and I suspect for much the same reasons as you like using it. I just wish the kit lens was a little wider.
    Posted 27-09-09 at 10:34 AM by Stephen Stephen is offline
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    A different view

    [quote=Pol;bt357]What a joy when you can't decide, eh ... LOL If I have to whittle things down I usually ask David which one(s) to use.

    If I was forced to choose just the one between the two you've posted here, I'd choose the top one. My main reason would be simply because it shows slightly more of the overall view of the scene. It's also just a tad more moody than the second one.

    Mind you - I'd definitely have [I]both [/I]printed. I have Photobox 7x5 prints for almost all but my grottiest pics. That's what I'd be doing if I'd just come back from a trip like yours.[/quote]

    I think I would probably go for the lower one, as whilst the overall exposure is not as good as top one, and the mountains look a little more dramatic on the top one, I do feel that it makes more of the water beyond the island, and as such conveys a truer perspective of the overall scene. Let's be fair though, they are both gaspers, and if I was American, I would think they were AWESOME, and probably say "OMG" !
    Posted 03-10-09 at 09:24 AM by p418unw
 

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