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This looks like the Layer Mask approach has worked well. If it's quick and it works so much the better. You shouldn't need to spend ages correcting an image.
The building on the right may have been part of the scene but it doesn't help here, it's a distraction. Fortunately a crop can sort this.
No you didn't need ISO 400. Even with a couple of stops exposure compensation you'd still have a shutter speed fast enough to capture the action and any camera movement while panning.
I'm with Pamela on this as the people add that human dimension that such a location needs, or at least benefits from. Maybe if the person's clothing wasn't so western it'd be more in keeping. But then this is also a social commentary/documentary image too, so it is as it is.
This looks like Shrewsbury. Correct me if I'm mistaken.
This has a lovely pictorial quality helped by the movement blur. In many ways I prefer that but would like to see the blur in (just) the wings. The yellow against blue is a great colour contrast too.
You've exposed for the rays so thwe rest of the image will be dark. But that's the mood of the scene. While you may be tempted to lighten the darker areas that will come at the expense of making noise visible. It'd also rduce the drama. I think Pamela's mod is as much as you can do without introducing noise while retaining the drama.
i would always use manual white balance as you're always in control and you know where your starting point is. there are a lot of warm tones here and auto woul dtry and correct that, adding blue. In fact, as the shot is taken in RAW you can assign your white balance very easily in post processing, and I'd be tempted to make it warmer to make the most of the wood's tones.
Welcome to the site from me too.
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It's hard to resist capturing scenes like this.
A pleasing scene Alexander.
I'm with the needing a wider view too. apart from looking cramped, it also gives the appearance that your composition is not well considered, even though you clearly have thought about it from your description.
It's an interesting technique and one I had a go at a number of years ago.
A very decent shot.
Nothing wrong with adding a silhouette later.
Fine as it is, though the modifications look good too.
Mono for me as it's all about the play of light and shade and those sharp shapes of the bridge.
There is also a tilt on this as seen by the poles on the bank of the waterway, the sign and the building in the distance.
It's always tempting to take shots from an aircraft especially if you're local to the area. I'm not but I have been across this bridge a few times so I knew where it was just looking at the thumbnail.