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This is a capture of the old part of the Great Wall of China. What I tried to emphasise here was the sheer epic scale. Not of the wall but the landscape of which it lies. This was captured in the Liaoning province. By the way....the viewing post in the foreground is completely out of bounds!!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Sep 2013 - 7:40 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Precarious View.
Username:Tigger14 Tigger14
Uploaded:23 Feb 2014 - 5:58 AM
Tags:China, General, Landscape / travel, Mountain range
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61491 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 7:39 AM

This certainly is an epic landscape and you have captured it very well.

The light rays are evident coming through the brooding sky and the light and shadows over the landscape give shape and interest. Colours are captivating.

From a critique perspective and looking for possible opportunity to improve this....

The out of bounds viewing post is good for foreground interest but does dominate the frame here. I don't know if it was possible to, not being there, for you to move to your right to change the taking angle slightly? Using the viewing post as foreground interest in the bottom left of the frame and seeing a little more of the Great Wall behind it, meandering diagonally across the frame to the fortress in the centre with the ridge continuing that line across the frame to the grand landscape beyond.

Looking at your EXIF detail I would ask you to consider the settings you use. Why ISO 320? Just for a little better quality in the image (although it would be marginal) and looking at the conditions and exposure, I would come down to ISO 100. This would have given 1/60s at f11 which I imagine would be plenty enough DoF at 24mm and 1/60s fast enough again at 24mm to handhold. My point being was the ISO set for this particular moment. If so it seems an odd choice but my assumption would be it was left there from a previous shot. Consider all your settings to get the best out of every photo - after all that's one reason why we spend the money we do on our kit because it allows us those choices.

Other than that this is an appealing landscape and I imagine you would be very pleased with it. You should be. Lighting is perfect and you have captured that very well.

Hope that helps.

Regards
Paul

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mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 7:45 AM

A fine image of a very stunning landscape. Nice work.

Dave

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 8:15 AM

Pretty good. A fine composition but the colour may be a bit wrong. I'm not sure if it's colour or contrast, or a bit of each. The background is very blue, but that will be the mist. You could warm that up a bit, but i would crop the top to below the very bright left corner. That seems to help. It is the brightest part of the image and should thus never be on an edge.

Would just run the burning in tool over the viewing point to darken the ground a bit.

Paul

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 9:06 AM

Nice piece of landscape photography with a difference, have no problem with the slight color cast but do think that Paul,s crop balances the photo better.
Yes funny ISO but I am sure you must have had a good reason.
Mike.

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2014 - 5:59 AM

Stunning location and light and given you can't stand on that viewpoint at least you've let the wall tower show well and have lots of layered depth. Very valid points in the above comments and really interesting to see how Paul's small crop makes such an improvement to the crop, even if I'm less keen on darkening the sky.

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