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This is our major construction project at Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield. Taken from the top of the digester tanks we have built and comprised of 7 portrait shots stitched together. Adaptive wide angle filter in CS6 used to remove some of the distortion. When we have finished here I need to produce an as-built shot, probably from this exact vantage point, so I am looking for any thoughts that may help to improve that final photo.
Thanks,
Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Sep 2013 - 11:25 AM
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Blackburn Meadows
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:22 Sep 2013 - 5:23 PM
Tags:Blackburn Meadows WwTW, Construction, Industry, Landscape / travel, Waste water treatment, Water Industry, Yorkshire water
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2013 - 5:59 PM

Seems Ok to me in general quite impressive and well done. Might just benefit from lifting brightness a touch. There is going to be distortion in such an image and if you want it distortion free you have to go much further back and shoot at a mid range focal length as you know.

I have been involved in this kind of shoot several times in my steelworks life. The thing that got me keen onphotography was, as a 17 year old trainee Metallurgist, helping the works photographer shoot a series of record shots each month of a major project from set points to record progress. The camera was an MPP 5x4.

He could see I was interested and I finished up doing it each month as it bored him. Did it on a number of projects over the years.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2867 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2013 - 6:43 PM

This looks good Phil. That adaptive wide angle tool is really impressive. If the as-built is used simply as a photo, something like this will works, - or a few of them from different angles, - but it wont be architecturally accurate, - the as-built plans being the reference. I can see this on opening day mounted in a series of shots that welcome the local big-wigs.


Willie

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2013 - 7:00 PM

Hi Paul, that's a great story of how you got into photography. I am being asked by our company to photograph all our sites in Yorkshire and hopefully I can expand on this. Sadly I couldn't get any further back as the tank I was stood completely blocks the view. I was struggling to fit everything in even at 10mm.

Willie, I am very impressed with the adaptive wide angle tool, before using it this looked like it was taken with a fisheye. I do take a variety of shots but this one captures almost the entire project in one.

Thanks,

Phil

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 3:29 PM

Having documented a (somewhat smaller) building development from start to finish I took particular interest in this project when you first mentioned it and went back to Steel Fixer and Under Construction for a reminder. I think you are doing this superbly well - the image is comprehensive, informative, but also works as a very engaging composition. It takes us into the development, leads us around it - that's the curves and diagonals playing against the careful verticals. Just what is needed. A 'finished product' image composed and processed similarly will give the satisfaction of completion. I hope they appreciate what they are getting.
Moira

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 472 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 3:43 PM

Thanks, Moira, I really appreciate your positive comments and love the fact that you took another look at my previous images. I think I should upload a few more!
Phil

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