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Taken in Manchester, liked the geometry of the whole thing, had a bit of a play turning it black and white which I think helps, Comments, advice, modifications always welcome

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED [II] Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Mar 2012 - 1:59 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Stairway to the Sky
Username:bgrunes bgrunes
Uploaded:31 Jul 2012 - 7:00 AM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 8:16 AM

A rather stunning composition, great point of view, extremely detailed, coupled with a maelstrom of angles lines and all kinds of perspective, which works extremely well in monochrome. Just one tiny grippe, would be to try and recover some detail in the bottom left hand corner which is shrouded in shadow.

Regards Nathan

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 11:15 AM

I agree somewhat with Nathan but would add two things. Because of your converging verticals which are not a problem here, you have somehow included some steelwork to the top left, I feel that needs cloning out.

POV wise, I am not too keen on the present one as the fire escape seems difficult to follow down. I am wondering if a little further left and further away would have made the lines just as dynamic and stunning but within a better composition.

Given your shutter speed of 1/1600sec I would have been tempted to use f11 rather than f8 and 1/800sec in order to get a larger DoF. Because you have used 18mm (28mm in old money) you seem to have got away with it. I would also possibly have dialled in +1/2 to =1 stop exposure compensation because of the amount of sky. This would have helped your shadow detail, mentioned by Nathan.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 12:41 PM

A good subject, Brian, and mono works well.
I agree with Frank about your pov. At the moment, we are looking up at the fire escape and are missing the interesting zig-zagging of its steps, as well as the full effect of those wonderful strong shadows that it's making on the wall. For me, the steps need more separation, showing the lines and shapes that they form.
By moving your pov, you will probably not get the stairs against the sky, as you do here, which is a shame because it's a nice feature.
Also, try to avoid the intrusion of other buildings on the left, which distract the eye from your subject.
Pamela.

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cats_123 e2 Member 104001 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 12:57 PM

fine mono conversion...had a go at mod which has made it a little high key - all a matter of taste? Smile

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bgrunes
bgrunes  2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2012 - 7:17 AM

Thanks for the feedback / comments, removing the top left part of image works well, like the brighter image on the mod as it lets you see the detail. At the moment I don't seem to have the eye to identify the tweaks that make a picture better, hopefully with time and practice I'll get there. Cheers

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