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I wake up to this (Chepstow Castle) every morning and go home to it every night and I wonder whether sometimes I forget to really look at it .
It is a truly magnificent castle, built in 1067 the first defense in Wales this view of the castle is the side facing England defiantly.
I think the composition is pretty good here Moe, and what a lovely view to look out to. It's not an easy subject to photograph, and you have made good use of the reflection to balance the image. Ok, what could be done to improve it? Well, I think that you could have panned to the left just a little which would have cut out the very dark cliff and in turn included more of the illuminated buildings. Now the sky isn't too bad, but there is a lot of it, and it isn't dramatic enough to hold so much of the image. I personally would have zoomed in more to eliminate more of the sky, but I guess that you might have been limited with the length of your lens as I see that it is 55mm at its longer end. I know that I have used a length of about 200mm here. The image seems to be a little cool too, and it would be interesting to know what white balance you have used.
But, having said all that, the exposure is perfect, and you have a good detail in the illuminated castle.
Nice night shot .
You've done a very good job of balancing the exposure here. The sky and castle are spot on and, while there are a few black patches, I don't think they're a problem — we're used to the idea of something being too dark to see clearly.
For me, the sky isn't interesting enough to be worth half the frame: especially the top half of the sky, which is a pretty flat grey. There also seems to be some of the castle missing to the left. So, my suggestion would be to kill two birds with one stone and use a landscape orientation. Save this portrait format for a day when the sky is really dramatic.
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