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Notre Dame

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This is a detail of the front, Notre Dame. They have built a big platform in front of the church, which give photos a completely new perspective. I'm working a little with editing.

Thanks for looking! Critique and comments very welcome!

Renée

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Feb 2013 - 5:55 PM
Focal Length:110.4mm
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Notre Dame
Username:Saradadevi Saradadevi
Uploaded:17 Feb 2013 - 11:28 AM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 - 11:48 AM

Wonderful carving beautifully captured.

P.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:52 AM

Fantastic image very well captured.

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 12:57 PM

This kind of photography seems to be a little out of favour at the moment which is a great pity as it is important to record this type of subject for future generations. Who knows if they will still be around in years to come. Your image is well composed and taken in good light for this type of picture. Andy

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 1:36 PM

Thank you Phil and Mrsbass! Smile

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 1:41 PM

Thank you Andy! Oh yes, hope they'll still be around for a looong time! It's such a pleasure, just walking around in your fantastic European cities! We've got great things in South America too (that's where I come from), but the world would be missing a lot without your cities Smile
Renée

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a nice image and I think with some adjustment it can be made a bit more interesting. As this is the critique gallery I will give you my opinion on what can be done, I have loaded a mod to demonstrate.

For me you have some of the carving on the right which contributes little to the image as I assume the subject are the 4 carved figures in the fore ground so I have cropped slightly tighter to remove the excess portion. This crop also places the decapitated head at about the lower third of the image making it more pleasing and falling into the rule of thirds guidelines.

I have also used a levels adjustment to straighten the shadows and highlights to increase the contrast and bring out more of the carved detail and finally I have given the saturation a very small increase to add some glow to the stone work.

Overall a very nice image and I hope you find my adjustments helpful and effective.

Eric Grin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2795 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 2:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a nicely detailed shot Renee. Its great you had the opportunity.

Its fine as it is. If you want, its a little underexposed, about a full stop, so you can brighten it and you can sharpen it a little more when uploading.

Ive uploaded a mod with exposure corrected, and applied a little sharpening. Ive tilted it a little counter clock-wise, I cant tell if its straight as theres no reference, I just had the impression they were leaning over a little to the right.



Regards


Willie

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 4:00 PM

Hi Eric, Thank you! Smile Smile Smile

Thank you for taking the time for preparing another version and commenting so thoroughly. I had heard of the rule of thirds but not really knew what it's about, so now I'll be working on it! Also your adjustments of highlights, shadows and saturation make the picture a lot more interesting!

I'm definitely learning a lot with you people Smile Smile Smile

Regards, Renée

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 5:13 PM

Hi Willie!

Thank you so much for taking the time to upload modifications and for your advice, I had sharpened and tilted it, but clearly not enough! Need to work a lot on editing.

As I told Eric before, I'm really glad to be here and to learn so much from you Smile

Regards! Renée

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 6:11 PM

Fine architectural record. Slight under exposure actually makes the gold of the stone richer, so I would leave it as is. Sharp and composed as well as such things can be. Assume you used a tripod or some support looking at the EXIF.

Paul

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 6:52 PM

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your comments Smile

No, I have not tripod, but there was a rail where I could support my elbows Smile

Regards! Renée

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 7:49 PM

You've had some good advice above, Renee, so I just wanted to say that the tilt was obvious as soon as I saw your picture, and so I have done a modification with no other editing except for using Perspective Correction to straighten the verticals and help the figures to stand up straight.
Pamela.

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Saradadevi
17 Feb 2013 - 8:16 PM

Hi Pamela!

Thank you too! Yes, I really appreciate the great advice I've got!

Regards! Renée

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iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 1:01 PM

Good one. Nobody photoshopped his head back on.
Ian

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 3:17 PM

Some good advice and mods already provided so I thought I would try something slightly different and offer a more contrasty mod that brings out the texture. This won't be to everyone's taste but does offer an alternative.
With a bit of straightening your original is really good with some lovely lighting.
Phil

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Saradadevi
18 Feb 2013 - 8:02 PM


Quote: Nobody photoshopped his head back on.
Ian

Nor beheaded the other three ... Smile Smile Smile

Thanks Ian,

Renée

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Saradadevi
18 Feb 2013 - 8:09 PM

Hi Phil! I find your version quite interesting, it's amazing how their faces look harder.

Thank you for your comments too Smile

Renée

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