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A view of Usk Lighthouse at Newport Wetlands.

f11
1/4 sec
ISO100
18mm

Critique is always very welcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jan 2011 - 5:47 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Lighthouse
Username:moe_101 moe_101
Uploaded:4 Mar 2011 - 11:04 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Lighhouse, Newport wetlands, Usk
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2011 - 12:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You have done well with the sun here Moira so it is not too intrusive and the burn out is minimised. Nice and subdued lighting. Also a good decision to go tight in on the lighthouse as there doesn't seem to be much of interest in the foreground. I was wondering what it might look like to have the lighthouse a little lighter - hence the mod.

best wishes

Catherine

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Daffy1
Daffy1  6336 forum posts Ireland
4 Mar 2011 - 4:58 PM

NIce composition but I felt the gravel in fore ground added nothing , so Igot rid of it. I think the colours were a little balnd so incease in saturation. Damian

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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2011 - 5:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Moe,

This is one of your best shots to date IMO. This has good quality running through it. The composition is good. I know this place well, and there is nothing to use as a foreground to the lighthouse other than a fence leading off the rushes, but it's not strong. Your placement of the lighthouse in such a position with the sun offset to the left is a winning combination IMO.
It looks like you have masked the lighthouse against the sky, and on my monitor I detect a very faint halo. This is quite a difficult subject to mask, but one way wold be to harden the brush more, and get in really close to the edges of the lighthouse. It's laborious work, but would be worth it in the long run. So, with that in mind, I would also move the middle slider in levels slightly to the right. I saw that your histogram was nicely balanced and that you had the whites and blacks correctly exposed without clipping them too much. By darkening the sky just slightly, you would create a more dramatic sky with the nrighter lighthouse, and the two combined would really set it off.

Hope this helps. It really is a great image.

Dave

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