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this was taken early morning , late october 2913 in norfolk, i liked the composition of the boat and the trees in the background

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Oct 2013 - 8:07 AM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:86sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Bulb
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:marooned
Username:brian7d brian7d
Uploaded:28 Feb 2014 - 11:29 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 1:00 PM

I hope this was taken in 2013, not 2913, otherwise the site has a time-traveller! Wink

I like the subject, and the use of b&w, it gives a harmony which is very appropriate. Nature reclaiming her own, wood returning to the soil it grew from. The angle and composition are graceful, and lead the eye to explore the frame.

I find the processing rather puzzling, and distracting. You have blurred the surrounding area, I think, and the transition from blurred to sharp is too sudden and too noticeable. It's particularly evident in the bottom left area, and bottom right where there are some strange, lighter areas overlaying the grass.

Plus the distant view: the boat is sharp, the dark silhouetted trees on the horizon are sharp, everything in between is soft...

Generally you have isolated the boat very neatly from this added blur, but the balance and the transition look odd and uncomfortable.

It would help if you uploaded the original file, for comparison, and for Modification.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 28 Feb 2014 - 1:01 PM

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6794 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 1:08 PM

This is an interesting and appealing image. Processing is considered with a good mono conversion.

I would suggest a slightly different crop. I am unable to demonstrate with a mod as I am only with my iPad until Sunday.

I would come in from the left side just a little to the corner of what looks like the ditch the boat has settled into. I would also come up a little on the bottom edge of the frame. Again just a small amount but I would want to see a slight increase at the top of the frame to see a little more of the moving cloudscape.

It's a subtle change and I have been getting strange looks as I use napkins whilst sat in Starbucks near Embankment Tube Station, to crop the image on my screen. But that said for me it does pull the boat in and make a stronger image. It may be the soft focus vignette you've used that also detracts from the scene.

Otherwise every other element has been well imagined and executed.

Paul

Last Modified By Coast at 28 Feb 2014 - 1:10 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2800 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 1:28 PM

The image is quite soft all over, appearing smeared in some areas I would expect to see detail.

This is either a function of the long exposure and some movement blur, or some post processing you might have done.

You used a filter also. Can you tell us if you applied blurring post processing; which filter you used; and if you have an original colour version, - if you could upload it that would be great.


Thanks


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 7:44 PM

Surely the exposure was not that long? Unlikely. There is a softness, but not too bad at this size abd the image is quite strong. Would prefer the boat nearer the left side of the frame.

Paul

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6794 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2014 - 10:10 PM


Quote: Surely the exposure was not that long? Unlikely. There is a softness, but not too bad at this size abd the image is quite strong. Would prefer the boat nearer the left side of the frame.

Paul

Easily possible for an 86s exposure with a heavy ND filter. Evident in the sky with the cloud movement.

Paul

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