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View from a narrow village alley in rural Spain.
I tried to capture the quaint charm of my village, and the feeling of invading humidity in this usually very sunny region.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus XZ-1
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Apr 2013 - 12:55 PM
Focal Length:14.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Clouds descending the slopes of the mountain
Username:BarbroS BarbroS
Uploaded:28 Apr 2013 - 1:09 PM
Tags:Alley, Houses, Landscape / travel, Orchards, Village
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7412 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 3:25 PM

Very thoughtful, engaging composition - carving the picture out of the available view. I like the way those neat verticals on either side channel our eyes towards the distance. It all sits very tidily in your square crop.
Your relatively large aperture has worked well in isolating the foreground sharply against the background (the buildings stand out nicely against the hillside, and particularly that trailing creeper and the lantern against the evergreens), avoiding what could easily be a more confusing mixture.
The bit that doesn't work for me is the angled down-pipe and guttering top right - that drags the eye back up again, away from the clouds, and makes the composition top-heavy. I would have preferred to tilt the camera downwards a bit, less at the top, more at the bottom. I shall have a go at a Mod to demonstrate.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 28 Apr 2013 - 3:26 PM

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BarbroS
BarbroS  1 Spain
28 Apr 2013 - 4:06 PM

Thanks a lot taking the trouble to analyze this photo! And for the encouraging part of your comments. I easily see your point in disliking that drainpipe at the top - I actually thought about trying to straighten it in PS Elements, but then did not feel bold enough ... I had already struggled to remove a thick black el-cable crossing the street. Strangely, in your version, though defnitely cleaner, I seem to miss something - could it be that I unconsciously saw the houses forming a kind of incomplete archway? And the left side seems to weigh a lot now ... I am completely uneducated in these things, it's all feelings. So I am immensely grateful for your advice !

Last Modified By BarbroS at 28 Apr 2013 - 4:07 PM

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7412 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 4:23 PM

I wondered about the arch - maybe a compromise and cut off the guttering? But then the dislocated bit of drainpipe goes nowhere... Life really is very unsatisfactory... Wink
Moira

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BarbroS
BarbroS  1 Spain
28 Apr 2013 - 6:23 PM

Yes! Second modification feels just right Thank you Moira!

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