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Windmills at Zaanse Schans, Holland.

Just wondering if this composition cuts the mustard with the pros! (^_^)

I shot this on the preset Landscape Mode. A screw-in circular polarizer is used. Sharpening and minor tonal adjustment in Adobe Lightroom 3.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 May 2012 - 6:55 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Winds and Mills
Username:Lakeyw Lakeyw
Uploaded:17 Jun 2012 - 4:27 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 5:06 PM

I would crop quite a bit off the road in the foreground as I don't believe it adds anything to your image. All the interest is in the sky and in those beautiful windmills. I've done a mod, cropped it and lightened it up a bit. Hope you like it!
Ann

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32885 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 6:34 PM

A really good photograph, sorry I can't expand further due to my current posture and discomfort.

Regards Nathan

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DavidBathurst
17 Jun 2012 - 7:49 PM

I agree with Ann, re-crop to remove the road, it adds nothing and takes your eye away from the main subject. Otherwise I like it. David

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Jestertheclown
17 Jun 2012 - 8:04 PM

I'd lose the road and most of the black cloud.
Also, this looks oversaturated to me. I'm not sure whether that's caused by the 'landscape pre-set' or the polarizer but I've clawed it back a bit in my mod. Firstly using the yellow channel only, to remove the greenness from the grass, then the blue channel to tone down the sky. That's had the knock-on effect of toning down the orange roofs and the green building in the middle.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Edit. The bottom right hand corner still looks a bit bleak. It could do with a dog lying there.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 17 Jun 2012 - 8:10 PM

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Lakeyw
Lakeyw  3 Bhutan
18 Jun 2012 - 5:26 AM

Hi there,

Many Many thanks for your generous and constructive feedback! Really appreciate it!

Good day! Grin

Lakey

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Lakeyw
Lakeyw  3 Bhutan
18 Jun 2012 - 5:30 AM

And yes, the mods are superb! Thanks again! Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 8:35 AM

The colours are a bit vivid. As it stands the road must go, but the ideal picture here is as composed with a Dutch lady in full costume on a bike suitably placed on the road. Not always about though.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2012 - 8:55 AM

This is perhaps a little over-saturated but some do like that sort of effect, it certainly makes for some punch and drama especially when printing off.

The main problem here for me is the composition, but that is easily rectified by a change in format to landscape.

Frank

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Lakeyw
Lakeyw  3 Bhutan
18 Jun 2012 - 9:04 AM

Thanks, Paul and Frank, as usual! Wink

Will try and submit another one from the same trip next week!

Lakey

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Big_Beavis
Big_Beavis e2 Member 9Big_Beavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 1:08 PM

All these things are down to personal taste.
But for myself I would have done a square crop and finished up with something similar to 'Jestertheclown'

David

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