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Nab wasnt upto photos over the weekend so I played about in LR5 with some old shots, this is one of them.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-5N
Lens:E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2013 - 1:13 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bridge Over Calming Waters
Username:mrgeod mrgeod
Uploaded:28 Jan 2014 - 3:46 AM
Tags:Lanadscape, Landscape / travel
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 10:53 AM

The strong impression, right or not, is a strong tilt to the left. The viaduct reflection is level, but the real structure is not and that transfers to the bank. I suspect you composed for the reflection, not reality and that gives an unstable view. If you crop the top to remove all reference to the real viaduct, then it balances much better.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 11:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this a lot, because it is about the reflection not the bridge. Sometimes in a composition like this reality and reflection have equal weight and compete against each other. Here the foliage veiling the bridge means that our attention is on the reflection - and also frames it rather nicely.

Two things: Paul is right about the tilt. Something to remember is that a reflection always drops straight down from its subject, whatever angle it is viewed from. It's important to check this - I've looked at this under the grid and there's a definite anti-clockwise tilt when the reflection of the column is compared with the actual column above.

Secondly, a tighter crop would help a lot. That triangle of blue sky top left really drags the eye away from the main body of the picture.

I really like the way that you have included the grasses bottom right by the way, that's an attractive feature. Plus it tells us exactly where we are standing in the frame.

So I shall now go and work on a quick Modification - a rotation plus a crop. I might also crop a bit from the right, to place the bridge less centrally in the frame. Off-centre subjects invite the eye to explore more gently, in a more leisurely fashion.

I shall also try another rather quirkier idea. The eye/brain expect to see reflections upside down. An image like this sometimes becomes more mysterious when flipped the right way up. I'm not sure that it would work here because of the foreground grasses, but I shall have a try.

Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 28 Jan 2014 - 12:03 PM

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:13 PM

Three Mods uploaded. I should have cropped a bit more off the right of the second one...

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:46 PM

From this vantage point, George, you were looking to use the surrounding foliage as a natural frame for the bridge reflection.
I therefore see no reason to include any part of the real bridge. The reflection speaks for itself, and the rest is left to the viewer's imagination, which will always fill in what is not there.

I like the bright yellow flowers in the scene and the deep blue of the sky.
Moira's upside-down modification appeals to me, and it looks like an oil painting.

Pamela.

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mrgeod
mrgeod  1 Scotland
29 Jan 2014 - 3:45 AM

I Love all the mods. The critique and the advice is very much appreciated, I am sure it will prove invaluable to me as I hopefully progress as a photographer.

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