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A balance of light just after sunset gives this image both a cold (the blues)and warm (oranges) feeling. No filters were used just 1 stop under exposed on a Canon 6D then a tad of contrast in LR5.
This image was taken near my Village of Farmoor in Oxfordshire 17:05 on Christmas eve.

Camera:Canon EOS 6D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:River Thames 7073
Username:colin_t colin_t
Uploaded:7 Jan 2014 - 11:08 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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Jocelia
Jocelia e2 Member 3Jocelia vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2014 - 11:40 PM

Lovely colours, shadows and reflections…...WinkWinkWink

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2014 - 9:47 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is very proficient and a top pictorial record. The shadows are very dense indeed. Very black. I think I would try and lift them a bit, they really are deep. Possibly both your negative compensation and the added contrast. I think the latter may be a bit too much.

Paul

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AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2110 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2014 - 10:55 AM

Yes, I agree, lovely composition, colours and reflections but very dark shadows. My mod has lifted them a little and tidied the stray branches from the left hand side. Also tried a square crop which I quite like but lost the lovely reflection of the trees on the left so ditched it.

One question for you Paul, a camera club judge told us last night, NEVER to have water running out of a picture. How on earth do you have a lovely watery sunset like this without it? Surely a grassy bank at the bottom here would just be a distraction.

Anne

Last Modified By AnneB50 at 8 Jan 2014 - 10:59 AM

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colin_t
colin_t  9 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2014 - 1:13 PM

Thanks for your kind comments Paul, Anne and Jocelia. Yes it is a bit too dark but more to do with my uploaded image than on my PC.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2014 - 4:36 PM

Possibly don't book that judge again! Judging can be very subjective, although how you never have water running out of a picture beats me. As in everything, there are good judges, average judges and poor judges. Just treat all comments as that persons opinion, then decide what suites you and what does not.

I was a PAGB judge. We were approached and asked to consider judging on the circuit after recommendation and discussion. No photographic letters required after the name. In my opinion, most of those mean little as they are all awarded by the opiniom of others.

I always opened a session by saying everything I would be saying was my opinion. Having said that, many technical points are set in stone, but some are negotiable. All subject matter and composition is a matter of taste. I hated Swans and sunsets, I just saw so many, so they had to be special, but when you knock lut all the images in a competition that have obvious faults, then those remaining can only be judge subjectively. Thus never, in competition, show ne a Swan or sunset!

Paul

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colin_t
colin_t  9 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2014 - 5:52 PM

Some of the best critiques I have received have been from practicing photographers where their work speaks louder than any letters after their names. Having been sterilized by camera club judges for too many years, I found my own way of breaking rules and rediscovered my enjoyment in photography. Unfortunately I don't submit images very often perhaps this should be one of my new years resolutions. Smile

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101475 forum postsdark_lord vcard England130 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2014 - 10:16 PM

A lovely capture of the end of the day.


Quote: Having been sterilized by camera club judges

Practicing medicine illegally, too Wink

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