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i took this last night,i was chasing sunsets.i have not altered it in anyway.is there any thing i could have done to improve the image

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 May 2012 - 10:00 PM
Focal Length:62mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.5
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:calm passage
Username:williamsloan williamsloan
Uploaded:25 May 2012 - 10:26 AM
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puertouk
puertouk  21063 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 10:47 AM

Hi Billy, it's a nice looking image and not a great deal wrong with it. I've done a mod for you, just to see what you can do to try and enhance your image in another way. I've cropped the image from the left to remove the jetty. I boosted contrast, clarity and vibrance. I then used the quick selection tool on the sea > filter > blur > gaussian blur. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 10:50 AM

Good composition Billy.
I'm never 100% sure about night shots myself.
I'll leave advice to somebody more experienced.
Kate

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 12:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Billy there is not a great deal wrong with your version, I have changed the comp slightly and used the levels to lighten the image plus added some saturation. I have used the grid to align the transmission mast and horizon with the ROT.

just another point of view.

Trev

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2012 - 3:12 PM

Its a decent image Billy. To answer your question, yes, you could have improved the shot at the time of shooting, and then a little more in post processing.


The main area to be addressed at shooting time is the composition, and panning left until you had lost that quay wall would have been better.

The second area is shot settings. I think you did OK assuming you didnt use a tripod, BUT using a smaller aperture would have provided better front to back sharpness. Wide open is not going to be as sharp as you can get, so one or two stops down would have been best, but beyond hand holding range.

The rest is post processing, and thats really focused on the fact you have the image of the ship, and then a background image of the far shore and the sky, which can be treated differently to get the best of both worlds.

The reflection in the water draw a lot of attention as they are very sharp in contrast to the rest of the image, so adding a small amount of Gaussian blur on the reflection to tone them down a little can help. This might be what puertouk was getting at, but best to limit the blur to a small amount, and only the reflections, or you have a Ghost ship.

Anyway, keep at it, and Ive loaded a mod to show what Ive been talking about.



regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 25 May 2012 - 3:13 PM

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