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Another attempt at light trails, this time with Leeds Town Hall as a backdrop. Tripod almost at ground level to get the composition which has made the trails quite high in the frame.
All comments appreciated.
Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Oct 2012 - 7:00 PM
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Town Hall Trails
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:19 Oct 2012 - 6:30 PM
Tags:Architecture, Leeds, Light trails, Low light, Town hall
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Jestertheclown
19 Oct 2012 - 6:33 PM

Best one yet!

I might crop the bottom a bit to place one/either/both of the yellow lines in the corner, otherwise, I'd leave it alone.

Bren.

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19 Oct 2012 - 6:57 PM

I too have the same opinion like Bren

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Philo
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19 Oct 2012 - 7:01 PM

Thanks guys, I did consider the crop but I am not keen on the aspect ratio I am left with. Maybe if I had composed it that way in camera?
Phil

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 7:16 PM

This might almost make me want to do a long exposure shot. Excellent work.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 471 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:06 PM

Ahh thanks, Lynne, your mod gets round my aspect problemGrin
Now go have a go at it!
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:18 PM

Technically good again but not keen on all the foreground. This viewpoint with same angle of view but kandscape I think.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:56 PM

I've been interested in your light trails pictures, Phil, but haven't commented because I have no knowledge about it at all. So, I'd just like to say that this is definitely my favourite. You've combined your talent for composition with your new talent for light trails, and it works so well, especially with the town hall in the background and the deep blue sky. The starry lights add a touch of magic.
Pamela.

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Philo e2 Member 471 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 10:18 PM

Paul, I knew the foreground wouldn't appeal to everyone. Will try landscape but may be difficult due to the railings just out of the frame.

Pamela, I'm pleased you finally decided to comment. I think this has far more elements that come together well. Shooting just after the sun goes down gives that lovely blue sky so I must try to remember that. I hope I get back to try more!

Thanks,

Phil

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41195 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2012 - 12:30 AM

It's pretty good for this genre of shot. I would suggest cloning out the starburst top right...put your finger over it and the image looks cleaner. Also the half starburst on the left side edge. As for the rest, the exposure is good with light still in the sky and the composition works well, for me.

Nick

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20 Oct 2012 - 6:24 AM

Thanks, Nick, I will give your cloning suggestions a try.
Phil

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2012 - 10:10 AM

Nothing more to be said Phil, an excellent picture and Lynne's mod looks very good.

Frank

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20 Oct 2012 - 10:15 AM

Thanks, Frank, I'm pleased you like it.

Nick, I tried your idea and it works quite well.

Phil

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2012 - 3:45 PM

Like your low pov and the good light trials too Phil
Regards Richard

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014781 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
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be brave - get out into the road a little more and use the yellow lines -too much pavement here really. Also, use a grad in Lightroom to add contrast to the foreground and darken it down a bit

the main interest is the town hall and the lights, so get them to stand out more Wink

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30 Oct 2012 - 7:25 PM

Get into the road!!! I was sh*****g myself just being close to the kerbTongue
I am pretty sure I used a grad on the foreground but I guess I can go darker.
Thanks,
Phil

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