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Well its Brighton pier, and a very nice pier it is.

Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 - 55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Brighton pier
Username:nourish01 nourish01
Uploaded:24 Nov 2010 - 9:32 PM
Tags:Architecture, Brighton pier sea beach, General, Landscape / travel
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2010 - 10:45 PM

I think I would have tried for a more unusual angle for some more interest. The sky is rather bleak, so maybe crop 3/4's off. This is only what I would have done it may not be the best. ..........Sandy

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Jestertheclown
24 Nov 2010 - 11:03 PM

I'd guess you've taken this whilst standing on the breakwater next to the pier.
You'd have got a better composition if you'd taken it from the road above the promenade. (Opposite the Royal Albion).
I've uploaded a mod in which I've made an adjustment using the red curve, I've increased the vibrance (sustantially!), sharpened and straightened it.
Hope it's OK.

Bren.

Does anyone actually refer to it as "Brighton Pier"?
I thought the locals still referred to it as the "Palace Pier".

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 24 Nov 2010 - 11:05 PM

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2010 - 3:25 PM

Not an inspiring photo, I'm afraid. The weather is very, very dull, which means that most of the photograph is taken up with dull grey sky and a dull grey sea. When the sky is this flat, it's best kept out of photos as far as possible; flat seas aren't well suited to seascapes and flat, shadowless light isn't well suited to architectural shots because it's the shadows that give definition to the shapes. I'm sorry to be so negative but the weather defeated you before you even picked up your camera.

On the technical side, the photo is sharp and straight but seems rather under-exposed. The whites of the pier have come out at 40% grey, which is, in fact, about twice as dark as the grey bands at the side of this page. It appears brighter in the photograph but that's an optical illusion.

On a day like that, I think I'd try some indoor photography. If there are amusement arcades on the pier, they can make interesting subjects, though you should ask for permission since you're on private property at that point.

Last Modified By DRicherby at 25 Nov 2010 - 3:26 PM

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Steve-T
Steve-T  751 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2010 - 11:17 PM

If conditions are against you the other possibility is being creative in the digital darkroom - I went for high key B&W as an alternative. Not to everyone's taste but......Steve.

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nourish01
nourish01  4 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2010 - 9:02 AM

Thank you everyone from spending the time to comment on my photo of Palace Pier (Ty Jester J).
It was a very gloomy day but could not resist taking a few photos while out and about.
I can now see I should have cropped off some of the sky to bring the pier more to life. I will be looking at getting a photo shop to, to help me with any tweaks, Jester mod really makes it look like a sunny day, and I can see a bit of the beach in the left hand corner that was just grey before.
Next outing I will be looking at getting different angles to make it more interesting.
I was really working on getting my next photos straight and I am glad this was noticed.
Thank you all again for you modís and comments and I do hope that you will see my photos becoming more proficient.
Jay

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Jestertheclown
26 Nov 2010 - 4:16 PM

Glad to be of assistance Jay.

None of us were born knowing how to do this, so keep trying and you will see an improvement.
In the meantime, if there's anything you feel the need to ask, fire away. There will always be someone here who know's the answer.
And remember, however silly or daft the question might seem to you, at one time we were all asking the very same one!
Good luck,

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 26 Nov 2010 - 4:17 PM

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