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Blackfriars bridge and St pauls taken from the pier on the south side of river thames.
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Awesome image. Excellent night shoot.
It's an interesting shot with a great deal to look at and identify. And you've captured the colours excellently.
I think your shot would have more impact by cropping some of the foreground away, say to just below the waterline of the boat on the left.
You would till retain the reflections, whilst concentrating the eye onto the subject by bringing the bridge-line onto approx 1/3rd.
It is a shot from a different perspective; and that, I think, is its strength.
Its a really nice shot Jim, - good exposure, lights well controlled, no vibration, nicely sharp.
Composition is one are for a suggestion as Jim mentioned above, and thought its fine as it is, there no harm in looking at alternatives.
One small point, - youve used an 18mm lens, and that introduces a small amount of barrel distortion, that has vertical close to the sides slightly curved. This can be corrected in Photoshop CS, - but it is quite small. If you have LR4, you can click the lens Correction box.
So two suggestions in the mods, - one is to add height to place the bridge on a third; the second, my preference is to crop off the river side at the bottom, - similar to Jims suggestion, This also places the bridge on a third, and makes it a panoramic shot, which suits this very well.
One tip. - try night shots just after the sun goes down, when theres still a little light in the sky, - they will look much better. Ive attempted to add in some dark blue in the sky in one mod to show what it might look like.
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Hope this is helpful,
I agree with the above regarding exposure , sharpness , well captured lights ...
Usually I look at a photo for more than a minute to identify things that are not of my liking.
Here what seems to be out of place IMHO is the dark figure of the boat to the left. I think that it would be better if it was either fully in the frame , or more lower in the frame , or missing altogether.This cannot be rectified in cropping because you loose the wide view of the beautiful lights that make the picture.
In situations like this I shoot various versions from different points of view so as to be able to choose at the ease of my PC.
Of course I can be wrong
I actually didn't intend to post the shot into the critique section but pretty glad I did now and thank's for the suggestions, your right about the barge how it could have been fully in the frame or not there at all Charles.
Quote: One small point, - youve used an 18mm lens, and that introduces a small amount of barrel distortion, that has vertical close to the sides slightly curved. This can be corrected in Photoshop CS, - but it is quite small. If you have LR4, you can click the lens Correction box.
It's something I nearly always forget to do
Your panoramic Mod looks great Will and thank you all for commenting.
All the above comments apply, but for me, an easier way to rectify the clutter in the foreground is to shoot from where the first street light is on the right of frame. That would eliminate the boat and untidy foreshore. I would also have had the bridge higher in the frame rather than lower, as the reflections contribute more than the featureless sky in this case. If you are going to have more sky, try to shoot when there is still some colour in it, just before it gets fully dark (preferably when there are some clouds to complete the shot).
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