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Southports marine bridge.
The intention was to get the reflections of the underbridge lights, and get some traffic streaking lights going across.
Would have liked more traffic going across the bridge but it was one of those nights

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Apr 2012 - 8:22 PM
Focal Length:21mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Southport Marine Bridge
Username:Blackcrag Blackcrag
Uploaded:29 Dec 2012 - 7:06 PM
Tags:Architecture, Nighttime
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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 7:50 PM

I think this is an excellent low light exposure and a good composition. My only concern is that I have the feeling that the horizon is tilted upward a little on the left. A

Last Modified By accipiter at 29 Dec 2012 - 7:50 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2012 - 8:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Mission accomplished I would say. Welcome to Ephotozine!

The shot is well composed, - like the main bridge structure close to a third, and I like the slight glow in the sky. The best night shots are done just after sundown, so a little earlier even would have got some reds or blues in the sky. Something for nest time.

One tip for uploading to the web, and its helps this shot look better on the site, is that after you re size you shot and save it (use the maximum quality), open the new file again, and check it for sharpness. You will most likely find it has lost detail and will need some sharpening applied. If you original looks sharper than the version here, thats the reason.

I have uploaded a modification with sharpening applied; you can see it makes the lights sparkle; the reflected blues are very nice, and benefit with a vibrance adjustment in Phtotsjop CS, or saturation in Elements.

Using the lamppost in the foreground, it can do with a very smal CCW rotation. less than one degree, so quite a good job keeping it level.


Hope you like the mod, and enjoy the site,



regards



Willie

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Blackcrag
Blackcrag  136 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 - 9:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I think that it was the uploading that flattened the image slightly. I tend to use the tripod level and the level on the 60d when composing.
Thanks
Gary

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Concorde
Concorde  5 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 - 11:07 PM

Hi Gary, Welcome on board. Like this shot alot. When the weather improves need to get out again.

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FotomusDigital
30 Dec 2012 - 12:03 AM

Great processing and POV - well done!

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2012 - 10:58 AM


Quote: I tend to use the tripod level and the level on the 60d when composing.
Thanks
Gary

A super image. I must go to back southport again, it is on 45 mins away and last time I was there the bridge wasn't.

I find reliance upon small spirit level like those attached to cameras and tripods are not very accurate owing to their size and particularly their length. (Bricklayers levels are typically in excess of 700mm) So I find it is always best to do a final check whilst processing on one's PC.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 10:58 AM

Good night shot. I think I would have given less exposure, a full stop or more less. That would put more detail into the brightly lit towers. You could easily recover the detail in the reflections with the dodge tool.

Paul

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Blackcrag
Blackcrag  136 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 - 7:43 PM

Thanks Paul for the idea, had a try did not like the result. With the towers being grey concrete, it made it look just that.

Gary

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