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19-09-12, 10:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Hi, as Mark pointed out, it looks a little on the soft/blurry side. for a wide landscape like that you may find you get better sharpness by using something more like f16-f18.
The temptation in that scene would be to focus on the lighthouse, but you can get a lot more of the scene sharp by using hyper focal distance when shooting a wide landscape like that. As a simple way of thinking of it, a lens focuses on one point and in front and behind that point it slowly starts to get blurry. By focussing on the lighthouse, all the area behind it is wasted sharpness. Id choose a point about 1/3rd of the way up from the bottom of the image and focus there. That way you'll get maximum sharpness throughout. the horizon line would still be sharp, but you'd have much more detail in the foreground.
Also for an exposure of that length, a tripod is a must, or at the very least the camera should be on a solid surface.
I'd also think about investing in a remote shutter release, which can be picked up for a few pounds on ebay and go a long way towards eliminating camera shake.
The colours and composition are nice, the sharpness would really transform the shot though, especially with the lovely reflections
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