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Taken in North Wales and given the HDR treatment

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:17-85mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lighthouse
Username:jasonowen73 jasonowen73
Uploaded:30 Mar 2010 - 7:11 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel, Lighthouse, Night / low light, Sea, Wales
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rockfish
rockfish  4 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 - 8:18 PM

Fabulous light , and the HDR works well. The composition is a bit too central for me though. It might have been better to include more of the surroundings in the frame, or failing that to move in on the lighthouse and make it more abstract.
Peter

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139385 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 9:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree with Peter that you have done pretty well here with the HDR and also that the subject is a bit too central - some judicious cropping might help.

As you have processed the photo, after shooting, quite a bit it might be an idea to go just a little further and, e.g. to reduce the yellowish cast on the lighthouse - selective - whilst at the same time increasing saturation of the other areas just a bit. Also an increase in contrast, via a curves adjustment, wouldn't hurt.

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

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jasonowen73
30 Mar 2010 - 10:58 PM

Thankyou for the comments and I like the adjustments you made carabosse. I do agree that it is a little to central, I cropped as it was not streight but should have moved it to the side a little, looking back at the original the yellow cast looks to be a result of the HDR but I could do a little more.
Thanks again

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ade_mcfade  1014708 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2010 - 11:13 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

for shots like this one, where you're properly zoomed in and there's not a lot other than the subject, and also where the subject is symmetrical as here, then I'd probably go for a central comp.

whilst in a more roomy shot, a landscape version say, I'd keep the lighthouse away from the centre, here I think dead centre was the right way to go.

It's symmetrical, it'll work - were it a face, which is asymmetrical, then cropping one side would work.

decent HDR treatment too -maybe a little over saturated on the yellows as is the way with HDR, you can use Hue/Saturation and select yellow in the drop down, then reduce the saturation there if you want to

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