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The view under the Hungerford Bridge on London's South Bank. I enjoyed seeing the huge metal girders with all their dark details, and tried to contrast this with the light pouring in the other side. I hope that the person in the frame suggests that this might be an image about something other than a view under a bridge!
I didn't process this very much, and am still getting into that side of digital, so would particularly welcome comments there!

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Bridge into what?
Username:phader phader
Uploaded:16 Feb 2009 - 1:31 AM
Tags:Architecture, Bridge, Future, Humanity, Light, London, South bank, Specialist / abstract
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Patricia Fenn
16 Feb 2009 - 2:44 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good effort, but it hasn't quite worked because you wanted to show the huge girders, (and you have captured them very well) but you have made the woman your subject, so the eye is a bit allover the place.
If the girders are subject then the person needs to compliment the image by showing the perspective/scale (which she does perfectly) but not be so central and distracting, (perhaps outside the thirds box).
Now the light, (sorry, not giving you a slating, just trying to help).
You wanted to show the light but I'm afraid it has just burned out the detail. Try keeping a pair of sunglasses in your camera bag for situations like this. pop them on and you will see if the light is coming down in shafts, this would be spectacular in this case.
If you use a tripod and a grad grey filter (upside down) you would capture the light and the detail. It would slow the shutter speed, the woman would have some motion blur, and I think the result would be outstanding, also, if you use a remote in situations like this people tend not to duck/look out of the way and continue walking toward the camera, which makes a good shot.
Hope that helps.

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Alciabides
16 Feb 2009 - 4:44 PM

I was going to try and make some suggestions but all fabulaously well covered and more my preceding post!

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phader  53 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2009 - 8:11 PM

Patricia, thanks so much for taking the time to give such excellent critique - there's loads there for me to think about now - and I'm going to hunt out my old filter system for one (from my teenage 35mm days!). Everything you've said will help me take better photographs, so thanks for that. I've also really enjoyed looking into your work here, and can take a lot from your 'people' art as well - the technical but also the interpersonal. I'm really focussing on the shots themselves at the moment, but your work has also inspired me to spend some time working out the digital processing, too.
Wow - this was the first pic I've uploaded and you've made it worthwhile sharing your wisdom. Thanks a lot!
Very best wishes, Andrew

P.S. Thanks Alciabides, too!

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Patricia Fenn
20 Feb 2009 - 5:04 PM

Thank you; and forgive me, I forgot to say welcome to ePz, hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Also thanks for the crit opportunity, it works both ways. By submitting images in this segment you give folk like me the chance to analyse an image...dificult to do at home so to speak, and their by making me look at my own images in a more constructive manor.
Really important that we both learn and progress by a process of analysing.
Thanks again, P, X

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phader  53 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2009 - 7:42 PM

This is belated - thanks a lot Patricia!

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