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A view from a disused railway line across to Penshaw Monument in Sunderland.

The rtracks are used as lead in lines to the monument in the distance.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/16
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
ISO:800
Title:Tracks to Pensher
Username:PaulSwinney PaulSwinney
Uploaded:1 Jan 2013 - 7:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Monument, Railway, Stormy
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2013 - 7:38 PM

The idea is fine, but your mid foreground looks a touch over exposed. Looks like you darkened the sky and the near foreground but not the rest. Half a stop or even a stop less exposure would help, then a bit of dodging.

A high ISO, for texture I presume. Might go for a tripod and lower ISO.

Paul

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Bonvilston
1 Jan 2013 - 9:15 PM

The dark blue sky gives it impact, but makes it feel very unnatural. I think it could have worked with a black gradient instead. the overall image is still stunning. Peter

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Dinky65
Dinky65  1 United States
1 Jan 2013 - 10:27 PM

Nice picture.Smile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2013 - 7:51 PM

I like it. A 1/2 stop under makes a difference though, as in the mod.



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Willie

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PaulSwinney
2 Jan 2013 - 8:58 PM

Thanks for your comments!

I tried taking the blue out but visually it wasn't was interesting. I agree that this makes it less realistic but I do think it makes a better photograph.

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 7:45 AM

Hi Paul, firstly I agree with everybody that this is a really nice shot and just some tweaks here and there and as you so rightly say its what you like.

Did you consider a black and white? I have uploaded a mod which is converted to B+W and then has the contrast adjusted to define some whites and blacks. As you will notice I have also cropped the shot as I thought the sky a little heavy and overpowering in B+W. Would like to know what you think, any good or ruined a great shot?

Eric Grin

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PaulSwinney
3 Jan 2013 - 9:23 PM

Thanks Eric. I think I had a go at black and white (the high contrast was achieved using a black and white layer set to hard light) but perhaps it was the sky issue that put me off. I like the conversion but for me the monument is to high up the image now. Perhaps pulling back on the contrast sky would allow the B&W shot to work better and help bring a bit more balance.

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 10:05 PM

I think you are right, I used the mod more as a demonstration best results are always achieved going back to the original and reprocessing. Still a great shot and we are really talking about a different version rather than things that should be done.

Eric Smile

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