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After experimenting with a Digital Camera for about 4 years, I upgraded to my First DSLR, a Canon 600D. This image comes as one among the few initial images of Sunset I've managed to take with it. Passerine is the name of the Travel company I hope to start shortly, therefore the Copyright in that name.
Its about the image thought, I want the advise of experts, because apart from a few quirky things like choosing a high ISO which was anyway in "Auto" and not really keeping the rule of three fourth in mind (the lantern), I personally felt this still came out to be a pretty image.
However I was surprised to find no comments from my regular photo sharing website which usually gives me useful and encouraging comments. That made me think, is there anything seriously wrong with the image? If yes, I would like to know and and correct it going forward.

Thanks, Blue

Lens:Canon Ef-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Nov 2013 - 6:11 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/22
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0 Step
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash:Off
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:Mahe Estuary
Username:blueaquan blueaquan
Uploaded:25 Nov 2013 - 2:34 PM
Tags:Kerala, Mahe, Nature, Sunset, Wildlife / nature
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2013 - 4:59 PM

Interesting photo.
The colours don't look too real to me but you were there.
I think as regards the composition that the line of lights lead out of frame.
I've done a mod (click on modifications above) cropping and recomposing, it might be an improvement.

regards
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2013 - 5:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Please, company or not, don't put your logo in the middle like that in this section. If you must, tiny at the bottom. I could clone this off in seconds!

Decent image which is simple and well composed. Often the best route. The colour looks wrong. You have a black mark right in the middle. Might be a seagull, but I would shift it. It could be on your sensor, though, and would show at f22.

Why did you choose f22 and 1600ISO. That is probably why the colour looks strange and the quality will not be the best. F8, a much lower ISO, a tripod, which I assume you used and a bit of burning in on the lights. This could be anywhere in the world?

Paul

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7440 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1028 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2013 - 5:44 PM

Technical issues, as mentioned above. Try to keep to F16 or lower, and the lowest ISO that will support appropriate shutter and aperture settings, for optimum image quality.

There's a lot of atmosphere in this, and potentially a stronger image. I don't like the copyright logo, but it does serve to fill what is essentially wasted space. Hold a finger over the logo and see how unbalanced the composition looks when the right side is completely empty!

All the interest composition-wise is in the left side of the frame. In addition, the diagonal line of lights may be intended to lead us into the frame but as Ian says it leads out. So everything is dragging leftwards with a big void on the right.

I shall upload a cropped Mod shortly.
Moira

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Jestertheclown
25 Nov 2013 - 8:30 PM

As has been said, I think that the colour is the biggest problem here. Setting the W/B to 'cloudy' won't have helped, although I don't know what colours were present when you took the shot.
As for the composition, I'm (famously) not concerned about the lights leading out of the shot, nor the lack of use of the RoT.
You could, perhaps, have taken it from slightly farther to the right though which might have aligned all of the lamps although that would have altered the whole shot considerably.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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blueaquan
blueaquan  3 India
26 Nov 2013 - 7:09 AM

In reply to "paulbroad" - Apologise for the logo, will take care of it going forward. I would like to clarify on the colours, they are straight out of the Camera with no changes in post. However even I think the colour saturation looked a little edgy, I guess it was WB that was responsible for it, I had chosen cloudy which I understand enhances yellow and orange.
On choosing F22, I wanted to keep everything in focus, the horizon and the last of the lanterns, therefore I thought F22 was the way to go. ISO 1600 was a mistake, because the ISO mark was set for a maximum of 1600 and I had put it on Auto, so it choose 1600. Also, the shot was handheld, I don't have a tripod with me yet, but I will.
Thanks for letting me know about the black spot as well, even I had not noticed it.

Blue

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