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Lookout point Devil's Dyke

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This is a shot from my "day off" yesterday. The afternoon was coming to an end as I drove up to Devil's Dyke (just outside of Brighton) with my camera and tripod. It was cold, wet and windy.

(BTW The views are amazing and I intend to go back on a sunny day to take some panoramic shots.)

After 5 minutes I thought "I'm off, its too cold". However, when reviewing the few shots that I did take, this one stood out as interesting and unsual.

What are your thoughts and ideas on it?

Regards


Stephen

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:canon 28mm
Recording media:Digital
Title:Lookout point Devil's Dyke
Username:StephenBrighton StephenBrighton
Uploaded:22 Feb 2007 - 2:21 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Devil, Dof, Dyke, General, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Sky, Telescope, Unusual
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Atlas
Atlas  10621 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Feb 2007 - 2:32 PM

A smaller aperture to give more depth I think would have been better here, I just feel I want to see that view really. Also I would have stood further back to try and get the whole of the telescope in the shot too.

Rob

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looboss  73124 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2007 - 2:45 PM

see my modified version see if you like it.

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RobinF
RobinF  783 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2007 - 2:57 PM

Ahhh. . . good old subjectivity, although I fully appreciate what Rob (atlas30) is saying, the whole reason I like this shot is the shallow DoF and the fact that the telescope is only partly shown. I can't fault this shot Stephen, it IS very interesting and unusual! Nice work. - regards Robin

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2007 - 4:59 PM

Stephen, this is one designed to cause me agonies... I love the detail in the telescope, and am happy to have it truncated, but unlike Robin I find it very difficult to cope with the shallow depth of field. With some exceptions I like to see things as they appear to my brain naturally - I know my eyes can either focus on the foreground or the background, but my brain is clever at believing I can see both clearly. So this doesn't work for me. I look forward to your return in excellent weather with wonderful depth of field available!

Mike

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StephenBrighton

Thank you for your comments and modifications chaps. I shall definitely revisit this spot with my camera.

On the day I took several shots using various apertures producing a range of DOFs. This "wierd" version definitley looked the best to me.

However I have only just realised that the three horizontal bands of light and colour on the day is behind my choice.

A better lit scene might have meant that using a more traditional and inclusive DOF is likely to produce a more balanced image.

What do you think?

Regards

Stephen

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accystan  9132 forum posts Canada6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2007 - 3:35 PM

Great shot. I like the way the texture of the telescope is brought out - and particularly the sun on the bracket. The whole pic seems a little dark, especially the bottom 1/3 but that could be my (new, uncalibrated) monitor.

Good pic, good portfolio too.

Dave D

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StephenBrighton
26 Feb 2007 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for your observations and comments.

Since reading your comments I have been back to the same place. I tried to replicate the shot with the same light with more DOF. Guess what? No success with the light but the DOF works. The downside is that the new image looks a lot flatter and less interesting! Mmm what to do next?



Stephen

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