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Late Afternoon at St Andrews Cathedral

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taken in late afternoon sun, please tell me what is right and what is wrong with this photograph.

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-105MM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Late Afternoon at St Andrews Cathedral
Username:annmackiemiller annmackiemiller
Uploaded:6 Mar 2010 - 7:34 PM
Tags:Architecture, Cathedral, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Ruins
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GHGraham
GHGraham  4 Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The time of day and warmth of sunshine is good. And its sharp. And exposed correctly. But ....

The composition is weak; the tower is too close to the right edge and even if it werent, there's nothing substantial to balance its scale/weight/ The trees to the left edge are not interesting and distract.

I would have waited longer until the sky looked better cos its ok, just not exciting.

And the gravestones are scattered and disorganized. A closer viewpoint with just a few stones as a foreground would work better and get low down so you can exclude the clutter.

Look at the best images anywhere and they nearly always have simplicity as their core strength; simple, strong composition, dramatic lighting, unusual viewpoint, singular focus of subject etc.

Youve got the basic technical stuff right but its the unwritten stuff that needs work on.

I hope that helps.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:45 PM

Beautiful light and detail, a wonderful capture and nice composition,I really like this .
saeid

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annmackiemiller

thanks graham - I did wonder about asking them to move the gravestones for me but ...

I put the ruin over a bit so I could include the light on the wall gravestones but that may have been a mistake.

good useful information here thanks again.

thanks to you too saeid

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1597 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 4:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the golden light you have captured, Ann. Personally, I would have concentrated on the gravestones by the wall with a separate image because they are getting lost here, all attention is taken by the cathedral which in itself makes a great image, but I would like to have seen a bit of an angle on it. As the image stands, I would crop the left up to the wall and clone out the large white grave at the bottom of the frame.
Pamela.

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annmackiemiller

thanks Pamela

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twelvemegs
30 Mar 2010 - 6:08 PM

Super light you’ve captured here. Composition has been dealt with by others.
Nice one.
David

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