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I set out to try and capture a local marina as the sun went down but I didn't have much success. I therefore turned my attention to the locks. I have cropped this a little but I would be interested to see some different crops.
I'm sure the picture is straight but I can't help feeling it leans to the left.
f/5.6, 1/4s, 14mm, ISO 400
All comments and mods most welcome.
Phil

Camera:Olympus E-510
Lens:Olympus 14-42mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lemonroyd Locks
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:19 Jun 2010 - 10:27 AM
Tags:Canal, Landscape / travel, Lemonroyd, Locks
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 1:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Phil. Quite a nice effort here but I can't help feeling that the inclusion of a human figure - or even a boat! - would have helped give a sense of scale here. It has a somewhat deserted look.

As regards the crop, I don't think the area to the left of the photo adds a great deal and it could perhaps be usefully cropped out. I'm not too keen on the deeply cyan coloured clouds and these could be selectively desaturated. A contrast boost, via a curves adjustment, may help to increase impact. (Some areas of sky have bleached out but, other than cloning, there's not a great deal that can be done about that now).

I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments, which I hope help.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 19 Jun 2010 - 1:32 PM

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 2:07 PM

Thanks Carabosse, I do like the mod and thanks for pointing out the cyan clouds. I hadn't noticed this so I will have a go at desaturating them as you suggest.
Cheers, Phil.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 3:40 PM

This would be a good shot Phil to use a ND grad filter to control the light in the sky, so you can then expose more for the foreground area and get more light here. It would help to give the shot better contrast and more impact. It's worth thinking about if you do a lot of landscape stuff.

Best wishes

Catherine

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 5:56 PM

Sky is a bit weak, but you have a reasonably good and well composed shot of a set of lock gates. This could actually sell as an illustration in a library, but it does lack a real point of interest and/or some dramatic lighting to lift it from good record to cracking shot.

paul

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 464 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2010 - 9:05 PM

Thanks for the comments Paul. I will return there and try and get a point of interest into the shot (and hope for a better sky).

As always Frank I love the mod; it certainly works wonders with the sky.

Many thanks gents, keep up the good work.
Phil

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