A slightly tweaked version (July 09) of my first time out with a first dslr. The original as is image is below for comparison, and the older comments refer to that one…


Taken before dawn (5am) in Puerto Morelos on the Yucatan penisula just south of Cancun Nov 2008 up and excited to try my new toy!

Nikon d60
Nikkor 18-200 lens
1.5 sec
focal length 55mm
pattern metering
aperture priority

Thanks so much for taking the time to look and all and any comments are much appreciated



untouched original:

July 2009 version:

and the simpler pano version..don’t know if it packs more of a punch… let me know what you think…


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Hi! I’m lucky enough to live in the beautiful Scottish Borders and love trying to capture a moment to savour…
Thanks so much for looking

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 5 years ago

    spectacular Maggie

    HELUAover 5 years ago

    It´s breathtaking…just wonderful !!!

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 5 years ago

    Hope you’re liking life with the new toy :) Very nice. Like the smooth water as it sheens over the slowish exposure and the silhouetted posts and bird work well against the nicely lit background

  • phew ! thanks chris stu and helua for that as i’d had an anxious 2 weeks snapping with fingers crossed and no chance to see that the camera could do – such a relief!

    ;))))))))) (happy sailor grins)

    – dinghysailor1

  • Teeze
    Teezeover 5 years ago

    Wow – Gorgeous. Nicely captured…Looks so peaceful.

  • emolena
    emolenaover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous photo ! nice and quiet view !

  • JohnEvans
    JohnEvansover 5 years ago

    It does not disappoint ding. Well done. I can`t add anything to Stuart`s critique, except to say more with your new toy please.

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    You’re talking to a rank amateur here – lol – but from the standpoint of one who just appreciates fine art, Maggie, I’d say you’ve captured in all its perfection a real masterpiece. Everything about it is pleasing to the eye – the scene, the composition, the color, light – it’s all too lovely for words.

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 5 years ago

    Stunning composition Maggie!!!!….It looks like you have already mastered that new camera!!!

  • hey thanks everyone but am roglmao here sharon – its only beginners luck teehee….. but you are soo kind!!

    – dinghysailor1

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...over 5 years ago

    you did great on this, and call it what you like, but looks like someone shot this knowing their Settings!!! doesnt matter what type of camera you’re using, the settings are all the same! the composition on this is perfect, great lighting, and love that play with SS on the water. and best part of isnt “touched up” :)

  • Thanks shipmate (happy sailor grins )!! I hoped you’d like it chris as wanted to bring something back for your lovely untouchables group ;))))))))))))))))))))))

    – dinghysailor1

  • Matt Sillence
    Matt Sillenceover 5 years ago

    wonderful Maggie, just loving the loneliness of the bird, also the stumps of wood leading my eye out to see..grand job..

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