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thought this was an interesting shot as each time i look at it i see something different, could i have made it better?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:18.0 - 135.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 32.2 - 241.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Mar 2012 - 1:43 PM
Focal Length:135mm
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Whitby
Username:freda freda
Uploaded:7 Apr 2012 - 7:53 AM
Tags:Architecture
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 8:25 AM

It is interesting, but a bit confusing too. I know the area well and there are lots of interesting buildings. I think a touch less exposure to increase density and an angle to take out the chimney pots at the bottom, which do intrude without attachment.

Paul

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pablophotographer e2 Member 3496 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 8:45 AM

Hi.. The density of the buildings is such so I would explore more formats, like panoramic, 3:2, 1:1, and portrait shots (exploring again the formats). Your current picture takes a clear snap of the anarchy of buildings bit some on the bottom are distracted by the chimneys , like the PierInn. Didn't you shoot what was the lower part because it was hidden by the roof of the building in the foreground? I may had started the picture from the the left of that chimney on the right, turned the camera 90 degrees helping thus to include the full bell tower on the top right, even if the rest of the church is not included, a bell tower is always a land mark Wink Rotating the camera 90 degrees would also exclude the two half buildings on the bottom left. Try to locate some lines and follow them. Display a clear point of focus. If you find yourself on the same point, experiment again.

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NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 9:29 AM

I will most certainly agree with the comments above, but I really admire this image for what it is 'Whitby', a place very close to my heart.

Regards Nathan

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pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 4:32 PM

This is an appealing image, Freda, and I like the natural colours you have captured, but I agree with the comments about the chimneys. I think you could have used them better, so that they became a feature of the picture. Of course, there are numerous possibilities, but if you have one prominent feature, it allows the viewer's eyes to settle upon something and then explore the rest, otherwise the eye goes around and around and settles nowhere. Alternatively, the church could have been used as one strong element, but I have to confess to not knowing Whitby, so am not sure what else is surrounding it.
I would certainly have tried a portrait/vertical format because I feel that, for a scene such as this, it tends to give the immediate impression of height.
I nearly didn't comment, for fear of repeating what had already been said, but I think the answer to your question is Yes, you could have made it better, but you have still done a grand job.
Pamela.

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 6:02 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Not knowing this place, I am reminded of painting. I will defer to the others re inclusio of the Church, etc, but one advantage of not being familiar with it, is I dont know whats missing.

So, Ive used it in the mod to apply a number of filter to it to make it appear a lot more like a rough painting, and I think it might work if you experiment with it from that perspective, rather than as a straight photo.


Its has some additional charm presented like this, at least for me. One think I did in the mod was increase the height, without increasing the width, so it will appear longer and thinner.



regards


Willie

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Steve-T
Steve-T  751 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 8:23 PM

I am with you. I like this type of shot - lots to look at. My first impression however is that the picture is a bit soft. When looking at your exif data I see you used f22 at 1/30 sec at 135mm. I think 1/30 may be too long for a 135mm focal length and possibly causing a slight movement and a soft shot - even with IS. The rough rule would be a shutter speed equal or greater than the focal length e.g. 1/160 - could get away with longer with the IS. This means either increasing the ISO with the prospect of increased noise or using a wider aperture. My preference would have been to use a wider aperture - perhaps f14 and slight increase in ISO (maybe 640). I think I would be comfortable that f14 or perhaps wider would still give sufficient depth of field for the scene - perhaps the more technically proficient could either reinforce this point or suggest an alternative. Hope this helps. Steve

Last Modified By Steve-T at 7 Apr 2012 - 8:26 PM

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