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London November 2012.

With this image, I have applied A yellow filter, slight adjustment on the general exposure, dodge & burn tool on parliament, clouds & shadows to add drama.
The people to the right do distract, but I couldn’t wait too much longer as the light shining through the clouds was just right & casting a shadow over the couple crossing over.

As always happy for mods & critique.

Cheers

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Nov 2012 - 2:00 PM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Happy Couple on Waterloo Bridge
Username:Dylan_755 Dylan_755
Uploaded:19 Nov 2012 - 7:51 PM
Tags:Autumn, Black & white, Buildings, London, People, Places, Tom
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Dylan_755
Dylan_755 e2 Member 2Dylan_755 vcard United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 - 7:52 PM

I also tried to correct distortion a little...

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 12:11 AM

Good capture of the couple and their shadows. Looks like you exposed for the sky, did you want Big Ben so dark.
By the way some one has to say it, surely it's Westminster Bridge.
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 8:31 AM

The couple crossing the road are the real image here, those on the right a distraction. You needed an image concentrating on them in the foreground with the parliament buildings in the background. Providing there is some detail in the couple to separate them from the background, then a dark silhouette effect is OK for the background.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 9:55 AM

It is difficult to reconcile your title as the main people are not easily picked out. Maybe being a little closer would do that. A nice sky but I am not overkeen on the attitude of the group of people bottom right.

Just out of interest, Ian might be right about the bridge but not Big Ben as we cannot actually see it here. Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London and not the tower or the clock.

Frank

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 2:16 PM

corr blimey mate we're splitting hairs, it's Westminster Bridge and the clock tower at the end is Big Ben, 99.99% of Londoners call it that as does the official web site, .......http://www.parliament.uk/bigben.
You need to be up early for a summer dawn to get a photo without hordes of tourists.
Still images is good in parts,
Ian

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20 Nov 2012 - 3:23 PM


Quote: Corr blimey mate we're splitting hairs, it's Westminster Bridge and the clock tower at the end is Big Ben, 99.99% of Londoners call it that

Big Ben is still the bell and not the tower. I did just say "Just out of interest" didn't want to create any controversy about the fact.

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 20 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2012 - 6:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Dont just try to eliminate the distraction, use your camera to actually do it, and think about your framing and your subject. Simply flipping the camera into portrait orientation would have given you your subject, well framed, no distractions.


Ive loaded 2 cropped mods, - and I would clone some clouds over the blown out sky. It makes a nice silhouette.

Regards


Willie

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Dylan_755
Dylan_755 e2 Member 2Dylan_755 vcard United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 - 7:36 PM

Well, I certainly got that warm fuzzy feeling when it was pointed out the glaring error in naming the bridge...Wink

Thanks for the critique, I do agree I with the comments regarding the titled couple not having the impact they clearly do, had I have turned the camera. And the people on the right really were that happy...it's always good to see the view of others and look at slightly different methods. This was one of those quick snaps, which in hindsight could have been done differently.

Thanks tho, it's all useful & I take note!

Cheers,

Neil

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