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Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Apr 2011 - 3:04 PM
Focal Length:32.5mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:To the sea
Username:DPhillips DPhillips
Uploaded:20 Apr 2011 - 2:20 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 6:35 PM

The horizon does, indeed, slope a little to the right and that is very easy to correct. Quite like the symmetrical approach, but it screams for a figure to me - walking away, well down the path.

Paul

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DPhillips
DPhillips e2 Member 4DPhillips vcard South Africa
20 Apr 2011 - 6:36 PM

FRank yes please

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Jestertheclown
20 Apr 2011 - 9:49 PM

I rather like the simplicity of this although I think Paul has a point when he says that it's in need of a person or something to act as a focal point.
As for straightening the horizon, I don't know which, if any, software you have at your disposal but my favourite straightening tool is the one in "Picasa3".
It's simple to use and Picasa's absolutely free!

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Jestertheclown
21 Apr 2011 - 11:12 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi again Dorian,
I thought I could perhaps just add to what Frank has said above.
Frank's advice is sound and he's quite right when he says that built-in spirit levels are of limited use.
The straightening or "ruler" tool as it's caled in PS is one way to straighten your images but I find that, as it is effectively a straight line drawn by yourself, if you don't get the line right, the resulting straightening won't be right either.
The tool I use and which I mentioned above is the one in Picasa. I've uploaded a mod. of your image on its straightening screen and you'll see there's a quite tightly spaced grid covering the image. You just ned to twist your image, using a slider, until a stright line, the horizon in this case, is aligned with one of the lines on the grid. You can align things vertiocally as well.
It's very hard to get it wrong!
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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DPhillips
DPhillips e2 Member 4DPhillips vcard South Africa
21 Apr 2011 - 12:33 PM

Thank you guys you have been most helpful

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Jestertheclown
22 Apr 2011 - 10:53 AM


Quote: LAY IT ALONG A LINE THAT SHOULD BE STRAIGHT

There is a certain amount of guesswork in making the final image look right.
The line that you're choosing to straighten will probably be supposed to be exactly horizontal or vertical but there maybe other lines that need aligning too and these may well not be parallel to the one you choose so by straightening one, you'll actually make the rest worse.
The ruler tool only lays down one line at a time. so you need to decide in advance exactly which part of the image you're going to align.
In this particular case, it's obvious but in an image with several objects running frim side to side and possibly also vertically, it's not always possible to align a single true horizontal or vertical line withoutand throwing everything else out and so it becomes necessary to select the lesser of several evils.
In which case, a grid giving you a number of potential targets will be more use.
There's a similar case for not always correcting verticals,or perhaps only correcting them to a certain extent.
It's all subjective of course but I'd rather see an image of something that looks to me as I'd expect it to look in reality than, let's say, a church with dead straight towers but which overall, looks distorted.

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