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I took this today but feel it is lacking something so any ideas or suggestions please.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Dec 2011 - 11:28 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Vicarage and Church
Username:Rob_Kelley Rob_Kelley
Uploaded:3 Dec 2011 - 1:39 PM
Tags:Architecture
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thatmanbrian
3 Dec 2011 - 4:48 PM

Certainly from this angle it just looks like a nice snap I'm afraid. For myself, I might have got a clearer view of the building and done post processing to emphasise the stonework, add drama or whatever.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2011 - 5:28 PM

Technically OK, but not too exciting. Is there a story? Could you have got near the floor and used the 24mm setting to give some distortion and, thus, impact. You have the best possible gear, make it work for you.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 3 Dec 2011 - 5:30 PM

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2011 - 9:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hello,
technically its pretty sound and you even managed to balance the light sufficiently to retain some sky colour.
i sort of like the banding in the bottom parts with leaves, fence and the sign etc but it all gets a bit cluttered with the tree on the left which is not a very harmonious shape.
i suppose you have to ask the reason you took the picture, is it a record, were you attempting a specific effect.
as a subject its perhaps not the most exciting with the conditions being very everyday, ie little mood or snow or frost or fog or anything out the ordinary to lift it from the norm.
sometimes its hard to know which direction to turn with photography and we all take records. but how about going out at twilighht and put the camera on a tripod and paint the church with a powerful torch, or blips of flash. or some other way to lift the image out of the ordinary everyday scene.
regards
Phil

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2011 - 11:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

When you said the picture was lacking something, Rob, I felt like saying, "The Vicarage"Grin.
The elements that I like are the autumn leaves, the fence, the shrub, the sign and the windows, so I have done a modification where I corrected the perspective, cropped to include just those elements, then adjusted contrast and sharpened. Don't be afraid to go in close for details such as these, they can give you a much more interesting picture. It isn't always necessary to include the whole of a building in your frame, and quite often there are parts of the building which are just mundane, whilst there will be other parts that capture the attention. It may be a wonderful old wooden door, a stained glass window, a gargoyle or something like that. Compose your picture around its best feature. You will have seen postcards or greetings cards that show a door, window and flowers from a thatched cottage, and the effect is far more dramatic than if the whole of the cottage were shown.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 3 Dec 2011 - 11:45 PM

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Rob_Kelley
12 Feb 2012 - 5:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments Grin

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