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Another experimient with the new camera. Taken on a dull evening as the light was beginning to fade.

I've worked on it in Lightroom, using small amounts of warming, recovery, clarity, vibrance and sharpening. In lightroom it now looks more or less as I remember it but slightly unreal, like a very good graphic.

I've lost my way a bit with it, so I decided to post it for critique. I'm not an experienced user of lightroom so I've been bringing pictures into Photoshop to reduce the size for upload. In photoshop it looks over sharpened.

Here it is anyway. Once it's up, if I notice anything in the upload, I'll comment below.

Meanwhile, all opinions, advice and critique gratefully received

Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Throop Mill
Username:born2bongo born2bongo
Uploaded:6 Jun 2009 - 9:12 AM
Tags:Architecture, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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mikeyham
mikeyham  7 Scotland
6 Jun 2009 - 9:17 AM

Nice composition.

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2009 - 10:51 AM

lovely image with great reflection on the water Smile
martin.

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139367 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2009 - 4:09 PM

It's a pleasant enough scene, with good reflections, but the lighting looks a little flat. In the modification I've uploaded for you, I've increased contrast by means of a curves adjustment and added a nice sky via the render clouds filter in PS. Obviously the latter is optional! Wink

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2009 - 5:01 PM

Captured well, like the mod too,
Geoff.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8688 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1532 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2009 - 12:11 AM

Hello, Helen. This is an attractive old building with nice surrounding trees and a lovely pond. My first impression was that I'd like to have seen more of the reflection of the building in the water, and perhaps a portrait/vertical format would have achieved that? The trees look nice and bright, but the building looks a bit washed out. So, my first idea was to select the building and work on enhancing it separately, but that's a lot of work, especially with the trees overhanging it. You say it was a dull evening, and I feel the rich colour of the building would have looked a lot better if the light hadn't been fading. Can you go back at another time? I tried a modification, adjusting highlights and shadows, colouring the sky and using the burn tool on the building and its reflection, to get some depth of colour into it. You say it's more or less as you remember it, and it's a good image, so I don't think you should be too displeased with it. You can try a few suggestions that have been put forward, but I don't think it needs anything too drastic done to it.
Pamela.

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born2bongo
born2bongo e2 Member 529 forum postsborn2bongo vcard England
7 Jun 2009 - 3:19 PM

I can go back as often as I like, and it always catches the evening sun well.

There are some things off camera that have resulted in me choosing that angle, but I will try portrait style. I'll also try to get more reflection in, but I think there was a railing or post spoiling that.

Thanks for the great feedback and mods.

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