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reflections in new canal link which passes in front of 'The Three Graces' iconic buildings on liverpools waterfront

Camera:canon dslr400d
Lens:sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:reflections in new canal
Username:jimmin jimmin
Uploaded:19 Mar 2009 - 9:36 AM
Tags:Architecture, Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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KP
KP  5 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 - 10:37 AM

Super reflection

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 12:53 PM

Very nice shot never seen the water there that blue...
Great reflection..
A well taken shot...

Dave

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101452 forum postsdark_lord vcard England123 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 12:58 PM

The reflection looks a little tight in the frame in the bottom right corner, but I guess you were as wide as you could go with that lens. I do think you've composed it very well though, and it's a bold image.
This should work very well in mono.
The only other thing I 'd point out is that the light is very frontal, and so the image has a flatter look. Waiting for some side light would bring out the texture in the buildings, add depth and give them more character.

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John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 1:22 PM

This is a bold image and the reflection is a well captured.

Overall, I agree with dark_lord. Overall the composition feels a little cramped - I would have liked just a little more room around the main subject (but maybe this was the widest you could go).

It also feels a little overexposed. I think this is because the sun is high in the sky and causing a high level of contrast. By capturing the image when the sun is lower in the sky you get a deeper richer feeling.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 1:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

These are imposing buildings Jim and the reflections in the water make for a nice touch.

I agree with what has already been said about the lighting. The facade of the building looks very flat and uniform rather than bringing out the modelling with light and shade. Side lighting or with the sun lower in the sky would help. I have uploaded a mod which boosts the contrast but it does not make much difference as there is not much in the way of shadows to work with.

Regards

Catherine

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jimmin
jimmin  6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 - 4:49 PM

Thank you for all your constructive comments agree with most points but sometimes you just have to take the shot at the time. Will try a mono to see if I can get more contrast. this canal is a new feature and has not officially opened for barges till the end of this week.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2801 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2009 - 8:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Jim,

loaded a couple of mods for your review.

The colour balance is a little too yellow, - corrected in mod1, - but may not be what you want. Theres barrel distortion evident, - that is the pic tends to bulge outwards from the centre, - common with ultra wide lenses; theres not a lot of highlight detail, mostly due to the strong direct light, - but some is recoverable using the highlight tool in CS3. You may have exposed to ensure you could see the reflection well at the expense of the main building. Did you ever consider shooting the reflection in its own, - you can often produce great results?

You certainly do have to take the shot at the time, - but you can take more than one, and experiment with different exposures to make sure you get the best one possible!

Mod2 is a toned b&w version.



Regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 19 Mar 2009 - 8:22 PM

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jimmin
jimmin  6 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2009 - 1:00 PM

please see mono modification taking up your suggestions thanks for comments.

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