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Got my first SLR a couple of months ago and this is my first attempt at a landscape in low light.

The bathing pools are a popular subject for local photographers...there were 3 others there the night this was taken!

I want to learn, so comments welcome!

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 17-70
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bathing Pools
Username:SWMahy SWMahy
Uploaded:13 May 2008 - 10:00 PM
Tags:Bathing pools, Guernsey, Landscape / travel
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randomrubble
13 May 2008 - 10:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

while the handrail on the left gives a good lead in I'd have to say that there's probably not enough going on on that side of the image, for me, so I'd probably crop it a little. I think I'd also have moved forwards a little as the rails on the right act as a psychological barrier to the eye moving into the picture, to some extent countering the strong lead in on the left.

I'd also have been inclined to shoot an image like this in RAW and process with a daytlight white balance. I suspect it would give a cooler feel to the image which may have better reflected the sort of light this seems to have been taken in.

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Snapper
Snapper  93750 forum posts United States Minor Outlying Islands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2008 - 10:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I can see the attraction of this place in such conditions, but a shame you had to fight off the others! The first big choice here for me was the decision to include the handrails on the right as I'm not sure they add to the shot. My reason for saying that is the fact they are not grounded on the concrete at the bottom and they disappear off out of the edge of the RHS of the frame.

Besides that, I think you've done pretty well with the composition, particularly where you've left a strip of blue water between the reflected hill and the walkway, plus the handrail leading in from the bottom left corner gives a good strong diagonal. I think it could stand a slight increase in contrast.

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Spinal
Spinal  878 forum posts
14 May 2008 - 2:26 PM

Like randomrubble, I felt the left was a bit quiet. I also felt that the top could do with something; so I took out the top as well in the mods. (a sail boat would have been perfect to fill the left, as well as the sky !)

I've upped two mods; the first with just the crops, the second I've taken out 10% of the red and added 20% blue in an attempt to cool the temperatures down even more.

Keep up the good work!
Michele

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2008 - 8:10 PM

To all above... thanks for taking time to comment -- it's really helpful advice and it all makes good sense to me.

I like the mods, Spinal. It's amazing what difference even subtle crops can make.

I'm going to post another picture I took the same evening. I'd love to hear your views on this too!

Cheers

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Nickscape
Nickscape  8695 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2008 - 7:25 AM

The first distracting thing when looking at this is the two rails in the bottom corner, they are neither here nor there so either use them or remove them. The left seems a little empty - too much sea and sky so you need to work on the composition to include/exclude more emptyness and fill that area with interest such as the railings. Personally I would go back to this spot in better conditions, when there are clouds in the sky you can use a long shutter speed to blur their movement and add an extra area of interest to this, also may a little colour other than blue would make this more appealing. Think youve got the exposure spot on in this and is a good result, just a shame about the light.

Nick

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