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Spotted as we sailed into Varanasi.

I've tried setting the black and white points on this one and would appreciate any constructive comments.

I've uploaded the original.

Thanks for looking

Elaine Grin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Feb 2013 - 8:23 AM
Focal Length:98mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Alone on the Ghats
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:15 May 2013 - 1:32 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2795 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 2:46 PM

And it worked!



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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 2:59 PM

Spot on. I assume v1 is the adjusted version and it is very good. V2 is terribly flat. Are you getting your RAW conversions correct? Otherwise there is something very wrong when you shoot. Why do you use ISO800. High ISO is asking for flatter results but it is difficult to explain just how flat this is.

The original should be pretty close to correct needing just a bit of correction in such good lighting. It's OK understanding correction, but even better if you don't need to do much.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 3:14 PM

I'm assuming that you had left the camera set to ISO 800 after taking another shot in rather poorer light? I do that quite regularly... Blush With a lower ISO you would still have got away with a considerably slower shutter speed, even at nearly 100mm, and the quality of the original would have been better, but you have coped well. I have a hit-and-miss record with the black and white droppers, when they work they really nail the contrast. Sometimes they don't for me though... Blush Blush
I like the randomness of this, a quirky little observation that makes good use of the lines of the building. There's what looks like the tail end of a dog disappearing out of frame on the right. A second or two earlier would have given you the complete animal, which would have been a nice finishing touch, as it is I think I'd clone that out. I'd also like to try cropping a bit off the left - here the lady is very close to being central without actually being exactly so, and that always looks a bit unbalanced. I'd like either central placement or well over to one side.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 May 2013 - 3:17 PM

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41177 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 4:26 PM

You could have come down on the ISO and used a larger aperture if you had wanted to, just to improve the overall quality, though it doesn't detract from a nicely observed scene. I added a mod to get rid of the blue material, and to tidy up a few intrusions. I think it helps isolate the figure and the doorway more easily. I also adjusted the contrast slightly too.

Otherwise, a good shot, IMHO.

Nick

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cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 6:13 PM

ISO - tell me !!!!!!

Excellent recovery Smile Smile Smile Smile

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
16 May 2013 - 2:03 PM

Hi All,

Paul - I used ISO 800 a lot in India (unecessarily - now I know), hoping to avoid camera shake

Moira - I know what you mean about setting the b & w point - I've been practicing and got some bizarre results at times. Thanks for your mod - I like the square crop.

Nick - Thanks for the mod - it's does look cleaner with the blue material cloned out. Glad you like the shot.

Jeff -
Quote: ISO - tell me !!!!!!

- Nightmare innit Tongue

Thanks everyone for your help and advice.

Elaine GrinGrin

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