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What do you think of this composition? I have posted another version (a night shot), so feel free to compare. The idea is to include the rope marks in the rock and still give a view of the canal in general. I had very little room for manoeuvre without a wider angle lens. Are notches too close to left of frame? Is more contrast and punch required? This is not from a tripod so I am more interested in views on processing (silver efex) and composition than sharpness! Thanks.

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Towpath
Username:JJSmythe JJSmythe
Uploaded:8 Apr 2013 - 3:56 PM
Tags:Black & white, General, Landscape / travel, Transport
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:23 PM

Very different from your night version. That had a bit more impact. This is a good record and the viewpoint sets the scene. I think I would prefer it in colour, particularly as a record. Not sure mono adds anything.

Paul

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2013 - 4:34 PM

Agree with more impact in the landscape night version, the lights the key I feel. They are both excellent , a shade more punch if you like, and I like the B/W feels right.....

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:47 PM

I like this but again prefer the night version.
I like how the trees follow the arch in this one. I personally would like to see more arch to the left of the notches with a view down the tow path.
I did a mod where I was more heavy handed with Silver Efex sliders. I tend to like the gritty BW look for these type of images.
Interesting project,
regards
Ian

Last Modified By iancrowson at 8 Apr 2013 - 4:47 PM

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2013 - 4:59 PM

I think you've nailed the angle and composition here, it's tauter and more contained. But I prefer the atmosphere of the night time shot though, the lights gave it a lot more impact. So, a third visit, after dark??
The notches come over very strongly, and detain the eye before leading it into the more distant view.
Moira

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JJSmythe
JJSmythe  6
9 Apr 2013 - 9:48 AM

Ok, so the night version it will be! Thanks all once again for your helpful crit on this little project. Have to say I like the vertical format too. I promise to post up the final version when completed. Thanks.

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