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A stroll through the visitor centre in the Breacon Becons

Camera:Nikon D 200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 18-200
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The bench
Username:colym colym
Uploaded:6 Jan 2009 - 5:09 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Mountains, Wildlife / nature, Winter
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John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2009 - 5:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

From my perspective I'm struggling with the composition slightly as the bench (which I assume is the focal point) just feels a little too small and a bit too central in the frame. I know it is in the lower third, but I feel it needs to be on the axis of both the horizontal and vertical third lines.

I also feel we need to see a bit more detail in the bench - by which I mean it seems slightly underexposed. Mind you, you have a tricky lighting situation going on with a fair dynamic range to resolve so getting the exposure right may be tricky without some form of exposure blending or tone mapping.

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Tony_W
Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2009 - 11:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Looking at this image I'm drawn to the warmth of the sun on the hills and tree. The way the sun is lighting the tree is great, the mixture of light and shade really make the branches look 3 dimensional.
The shaded foreground looks cold and uninviting and I move quickly away from what you have described as the focus of the image, the bench.
I think you've coped with the exposure quite well considering how much variation of lighting there is in the image.
I've uploaded a mod. I've lighted the bottom part of the image by changing the mid point of the levels to 1.25 and then putting a grad mask on so as to apply to bottom only with a gradual transition. I also added a warming photo filter (for ease) to warm up the foreground a little. Finally a crop to remove the less interesting right hand side of the image. I don't really like the proportions of my crop but it shows the effect of moving the bench from the centre of the image.

Hope the comments are useful or thought provoking.
Tony

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