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Chen, not sure what you mean by a cam shot, it was taken with a telephoto lens equiv to 200mm, between me and the group was a pool of water and very fragile ground that we couldn't walk on, so there was no way I could get closer. I took a few of different groups from this position but this was the best I thought. I doubt if they were photographers, half the folk walking around had SLRs, the other half were using phones or ipads! They also could have been of any nationality so talking to them could have been difficult.
After 2 weeks of unbroken sunshine they probably didn't have the trip they planned!
Thanks for that Willie. It's been non stop sunshine since we arrived - better than the snow at home! I overdid the dropping the contrast bit in Elements, all I have on this laptop and it was done in too bright sunlight too, but I shall work on the RAW when I get it home. Interesting about the sharpening halos, it's straight from camera, so possibly I need to drop the in camera sharpening a bit.
I agree with Dave, if you are including reflections there is no way you can use the 1/3 2/3 rule. But you have used it in your positioning of the castle, well done. If you use PS I might think about putting in a gradient filter over the top of the sky, that darkens the top slightly and stops the eye from disappearing out of the top of the picture. Apart from that, a lovely photo.
That's interesting Mike. I've played around with it, changing to a square format alters the prominence of the boathouse markedly. Taking out the willow works quite well. I was hanging over a gate marked "PRIVATE" when I took this shot, I was tempted to go in so as to alter the angles but I wouldn't like someone doing that to me, so I didn't, even though the house was on the other side of the road.
If you zoom in on her eyes it becomes obvious that the catchlights in her eyes are there because the sun must have been behind you and so what you are seeing is the sky with a sillouhette of you in the centre. The catchlights lift the image up to a higher level, you want to have them if you can. I think it's a lovely image. Not sure about the straightening of the horizontals. You were probably standing at an angle to the bench, the seat is perfectly horizontal which means the back can't be. What you could do is take a horizontal from the back and crop in, that removes the blurred hand. Leave enough of the back of the bench to give some sort of frame though, showing the peepo game.
I think you have achieved a very natural looking shot here, it certainly doesn't look over-tweaked. And the detail in the windows is excellent. If the walls are white you might want to adjust the white balance in Photoshop and remove some of the yellow cast caused by the lighting. All I did in the mod was to decrease the yellow saturation level.