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This picture was taken some time ago just come across it again would love your C/C on the said picture and could it be improved in anyway.
It remains untouched cropping wise given a little bit more saturation only

Camera:Sony A350
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:bodiam castle
Username:yamahaman yamahaman
Uploaded:26 Jul 2012 - 8:33 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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udayannag
udayannag  2 India
26 Jul 2012 - 8:42 PM

NICE CLICK.........Grin
UDAYAN...

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tonyguitar
26 Jul 2012 - 9:10 PM

I would crop from the left frame and bottom to bring the subject closer. In case you disagree, I'll leave it in your hands. Lovely subject and lighting. Just a little too much forward walkway. TG

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 9:27 PM

The tonal range is against you as bit - rather too bright in places. Needs to be a bit darker with a tiny contrast boost and it's not very sharp. You give us no details to go on. I think it lacks a figure on that bridge - something to act as a focal point relegating the castle to background.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 11:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its quite flat, - needs to have more contrast to bring it to life. If you check the histogram with levels or the like, you will see the left side has little or not data in it, so drag the left slider in to meet the main body of the graph.

Loaded mod,



Regards



Willie

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yamahaman
yamahaman  2 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 - 11:59 PM

Thanks willie for the mod your right it did look flat and i can see the difference now

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:49 AM

Compositionally, I wondered if a central full on balanced image would work and so had a go and uploaded a mod - I think it does.

The castle also displays a slight 'left hand down a bit' slope which I have attempted to correct as well as the overall flatness experienced.

EXIF is missing as it seems to be on quite a few uploads altely, I wonder if everything is working in that department.

Frank

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yamahaman
yamahaman  2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 - 9:02 AM

Thanks frank for the mod the cropping works well for me. And it does appear to have a slight tilt no tripod was used it was placed on the gates the other end of the walkway, out of shot dont know what happend to the exif just selected the camera i used at the time a sony a350 and it never came up with no data when it was uploaded.
Thanks Rob

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2012 - 10:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hi,

the shot is interesting enough and the location looks excellent, in fact id like to see it myself. and given the latitude of the sensor and that a grad wouldnt have been too helpful here the exposure isnt too bad. overall its not as sharp as it could be and that may be the upload as i cant see the original but i think it looks as if it had a mid band exposure 5.6 to f8 where it needed a really small aperature say f11 to f16 to keep the whole thing sharp front to back. this is a classic for needing overall sharpness. if the original is sharper then try a secondary sharpening after reducing in size before uploading to web.

i can see the logic in the composition with the wide view on a walkway going up to the Castle, its a tried and tested thing, we all do it jettys bridges etc but for some reason its not singing. maybe a very low viewpoint with the camera just above ground may have been interesting and created a stronger perspective.

lighting wise its not too inspirational and i think that thats because you chose the viewpoint to suit the lead in instead of working with the light which looks to be fairly soft winter light, directional at 90 degrees from your right, shots like this need real quality light to set them apart and here its a bit lacking in contrast and any strength of light and with little in the way of interest in the sky in fact the sky is blown on the right side.

might be worth multiplying two layers and a quick blast with a S curve to inject some strength a fair bit of smart sharpening.

regards
Phil

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yamahaman
yamahaman  2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2012 - 11:07 PM

Thanks for your comments and the info is most welcome. It's nice to here other people's opinions it just strives to make us better thanks
Rob

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