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Great day out.weather conditions were changing all the time.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Oct 2012 - 2:41 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-11/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Gloucester Docks.
Username:eddie1 eddie1
Uploaded:25 Oct 2012 - 2:32 AM
Tags:Architecture, Close-up / macro, General, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
25 Oct 2012 - 4:37 AM

Beautiful photo of the Dockyard - and I love the clouds Smile

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 9:37 AM

Strong image content here Eddie but for me a little too dark. It also requires a slight clockwise rotation to make it level.

In the vertical plane I find youir bridge, which appears to be your main thrust in the image, too central. You have the choice of majoring either on the foreground or on the sky area. Given what you have here I would have allowed perhaps 2/3 sky and 1/3 dock water as the sky is quite powerful.

EXIF I would have preferred to see an aperture of f8 used here as your shutter speed can be easily adjusted to compensate, but the exposure compensation of -11/3 seems to ahve given you underexposure and was certainly not requird here.

I have uploaded a mod where I have attempted to brighten up your image and have given the required rotation but I have not done any work on getting the bridge on a third as I suggested.

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 2:22 PM

Youve captured the mood of an Autumn day well here. The clouds are especially strong, - you can see some rain on the way too.


Youe use the 18mm focal length, and that has the verticals tilting in slightly at the top (see the right edge). Its slight, but Ive corrected it anyway. Franks advice re the proportion of the image for the sky and land is good, and Ive used that same approach in the mod. though I have cropped out more of the left, which has less interest. Youe managed tp cpntrol the highlights quite well using underexposure. The colour tone, or white balance is slightly cool for me, - would warm it a little. All done in the mod.


Good work,



Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 25 Oct 2012 - 2:24 PM

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 6:54 PM

Decent pictorial record mostly covered above. For me, to complete the composition, a person or people looking into the scene, bottom right.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
25 Oct 2012 - 9:56 PM

There's nothing really wrong with this although there's quite a lot of foreground containing not much.

It might have been an idea to take the shot from a little closer to the bridge thus reducing the foreground, leaving out the LHS which, as Wilie has said, isn't particularly interesting and getting a closer shot altogether.

Bren.

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Davesumner
26 Oct 2012 - 12:50 AM

Hi Eddie,

I like your image a lot and there are some great comments from others above. Yes, it is a little underexposed but i think that is a good thing because it means you have metered on the brighter part of the image and not blown out any of the whiter objects. Also it is leaning to the left and this fundamental fault should have been fixed before upload, I would suggest that the bridge is probably the thing you should get level. Having the bridge in the centre doesn't bother me, I like the way in which I look up the right side with the fence leading my eye up to the bridge and then I am lead left over the bridge to the building. With this in mind, in my mod i have added some colour to that building to help it stand out a little more and stop my eye wandering off the left side of the shot.

The sky is great and adds a lot of atmosphere but i find the richer blue areas are a little distracting. After those few niggles the only things i would have changed compositionally is removal of the white post as you look through the bridge, it has my attention every time i look at the image and I would have liked to have seen some sort of feature such as person. the scene looks like the whole area has been evacuated.

I have uploaded a mod where I rotated the image to get it level, removed the white post and another post to the left. Added some light into the shadows and adjusted levels. I reduced the blue in the sky and increased the reds in the larger building to the left of the bridge and dodged it in a little to make it stand out more. I burned in the reds on the building on the left edge and dodged the shadows on the walkway in the foreground. I then sharpened.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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eddie1
eddie1 e2 Member 2eddie1 vcard United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 - 2:53 AM

thanks for the tips guys, ive taken the shot slightly under exposed as i wanted the dark tones in the sky to stand out. i did not think to straighten the image before posting, mistake on my part. can someone tell me how i view modifications people have made.

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Jestertheclown
26 Oct 2012 - 7:37 AM

Click on the 'Modifications' button just below your image.

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