Chris, Yes it was taken with the kit lens, I find this lens to lack definition at all length, at I am eager to change it. It was taken with a polariser filter too... The intensity od the blue in the sky was a bit soften by the warming filter that I applied in photoshop.
Hi Tophee. I notice you took this using shutter priority at 1/40sec. I wonder if you tried a handheld shot, because I note you set iso 400. At this speed you will be lucky not to get camera shake. All my handheld shots are 1/80 at very minimum. You dont need to use f20 to take a good landscape, so make sure the shutter speed is fast enough.
You may have used a tripod of course, but if you did why choose iso 400. As a rule the higher the iso the more noise in the picture (digital cameras are getting better all the time but its still noticable at 400 and above). Tripods ( or a bean bag resting on a post) allow you to keep the iso level low and use a long exposure, which will give best results. Also think about focus. If you used autofocus here the camera will set infinity as the focus point. Better to use manual focus and set it where you want it.
Sorry, I've written a mini novel, hope it helps.
I have the same camera and take all my landscape shots hand held (lazy more than anything else) I always use AV and for landscapes F8 is fine, or even F4 if the light is too low. As long as you can get 1/125 or more you should be fine. As for post editing I tend to use the same procedure for my landscapes but I do use a ps and psp combo. In ps I play with the levels (or if ur in a rush auto levels) then the Shadow/Highlight with 10% Shadows and 50% Highlights. Sometimes selective colour to tweak the sky or grass. Save that then open it in psp and then use its noise reduction facility on the sky and sometimes if it needs that je ne sais quois - I will use the clarify set to 3. Obviously thats just my preferences and there are a limitless amount of other ways and means.Richard Crowe Visit My Website