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Trying to get a decent image of the town hall. Dull overcast day. 17-35mm lens at 35mm, hand-held (no tripod available), f16, 1/640sec, iso640. Lighting adjusted in Photoshop. Constructive (or even destructive!) feedback welcome.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-35.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2012 - 1:18 PM
Focal Length:35mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Town Hall, Hanover
Username:cisco4611 cisco4611
Uploaded:15 Sep 2012 - 5:44 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 5:50 PM

Pretty good image. Interesting composition, exposure is good. Everything in focus. Bland sky but thats not the area of interest. You could try a crop to lose some of the space behind the bow man and some of the tree, maybe square.
Ian

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 5:54 PM

I've posted a mod with crop, I feel it gives more attention to the building, Ian

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cisco4611
cisco4611 e2 Member 2126 forum postscisco4611 vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 - 6:06 PM

Thanks Ian, I had thought of cropping it to square, but decided to leave it as almost everything in the galleries is standard format - you can tell I'm new at this sort of thing, still get baffled by the technology. This is the first time I've asked for critique, so you've got me off to a very positive start.

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cisco4611 e2 Member 2126 forum postscisco4611 vcard United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 - 6:18 PM


Quote: Thanks Ian, I had thought of cropping it to square, but decided to leave it as almost everything in the galleries is standard format - you can tell I'm new at this sort of thing, still get baffled by the technology. This is the first time I've asked for critique, so you've got me off to a very positive start.

Just posted a cropped version, tried out in B&W too - think I prefer the colour one.

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Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2012 - 11:08 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

For me there are too many things vying for attention in this image.
You've titled it Town Hall, Hanover but the statue seems to take
attention away from the building although the arrow is pointed towards the building.
Maybe it's the male anatomy which distracts!
I don't know if you could have taken this from a different angle to concentrate on the building.
The trees block some of it also!
The statue would have made a good image maybe taken from a low angle set against the sky.
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offer constructive criticism.
Good luck and keeping practising.
KateGrin

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:57 AM

A lot has been said, I will just offer you a mod.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 7:56 PM

I would go for square but the image is well composed in general. It does need a sky though.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think this is well thought out and well taken, Frank, and it's a shame about the colourless sky. However, you could either give it a blue hue or import another sky, it all depends on your competence with editing and your desire to alter the image.
It certainly has impact, with the statue firing his arrow at the building, successfully taking the viewer's eye towards the Town Hall, which is an attractive building.
Cropping, as shown in the modifications, does focus attention upon your subject. There is too much of the tree on the right for my liking.
For us ladies, your statue has a distinct distraction, but I do like the deep green colour and the light that is highlighting his contours, even though you say it was an overcast day.
With your chosen aperture, you have both statue and building in good focus, and the architectural detail is good too.
Pamela.

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