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Taken on a recent trip to London.

It was taken from Trafalgar Square. The only thing I`ve done to it so far is to straighten it.

Apart from that, I like it.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:London Clock Tower
Username:Nigwel Nigwel
Uploaded:30 Apr 2014 - 4:34 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Landscape / travel
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1072 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 4:49 PM

Hi Nigel, the site isn't picking up your camera and settings - could you add that information please? Camera, lens, ISO, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, white balance setting - those are really needed for us to be able to critique a shot like this.

Until we have that information, I'll confine my comments to a couple of points regarding composition. I really like the way you have collected vertical lines, in different planes, into a portrait frame. That's good. But the foreground, the bottom of the frame, could be a lot stronger. You've left that rather boring car visible, while the row of black-painted rail-post tops isn't long enough to provide a satisfying diagonal and only serves to block the view of the potentially useful foreground interest - the couple advancing towards us.

Having found your view it's worth moving around a bit, to look for a clean, strong foreground, because that's the base that supports your composition.

I'll come back later and see if settings etc have appeared.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 30 Apr 2014 - 4:50 PM

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Nigwel
Nigwel 
30 Apr 2014 - 5:01 PM

Hi Moira.
That's my fault. I`d saved it with Photoshop and it saved in a PSD file of over 99,000 kb, so I re-saved it as a jpeg.
I`m only allowed to upload 1 a day which doesn't help!!!
Hope below helps.
I`m new to this too.. lol

Nige.

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DateTime - 2014:04:29 15:31:37
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Copyright - NIGWELS PHOTO
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ISOSpeedRatings - 4000
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ShutterSpeedValue - 1/25 seconds
ApertureValue - F 5.66
ExposureBiasValue - 0
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 73 mm
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ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Owner Name -
Serial Number - 033031000775

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Maker Note (Vendor): -

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Nigwel 
30 Apr 2014 - 5:06 PM

Hi Moira
If I`d have moved to the left or right I`d have lost the clock behind either the lamp post or the building.. Also I`m not too into Photoshop or Lightroom to get the car out of the photo..

Nige.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1072 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 5:27 PM

Thanks , we don't need to know your passport number and inside leg measurement! The important elements:

Model - Canon EOS 700D
ExposureTime - 1/25 seconds
FNumber - 5.60
ISOSpeedRatings - 4000
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 73 mm
ExposureMode - Auto
White Balance - Auto

I suspect that this was hand-held? Hence the use of high ISO, giving a slightly 'muddy' quality. Assuming hand-held, you did very well!
Moira

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Skeet1Away e2 Member 342 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 5:34 PM

Love the light on Big Ben..........


Paul.

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30 Apr 2014 - 6:30 PM


Quote: If I`d have moved to the left or right I`d have lost the clock behind either the lamp post or the building.. Also I`m not too into Photoshop or Lightroom to get the car out of the photo..

I'm not suggesting cloning the car out! But Big Ben is visible from a fair amount of London, so it's worth looking around for a view that includes a satisfying foreground as well as the verticals.
I would suggest that you have a look at this member's portfolio, WhiteRose1, because he is very good at this sort of shot. Look back over a few pages of his portfolio and you'll find them.

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Nigwel 
30 Apr 2014 - 8:17 PM


Quote: I'm not suggesting cloning the car out! But Big Ben is visible from a fair amount of London, so it's worth looking around for a view that includes a satisfying foreground as well as the verticals.
I would suggest that you have a look at this member's portfolio, WhiteRose1, because he is very good at this sort of shot. Look back over a few pages of his portfolio and you'll find them.

The photo was taken there because of how it looked at the time.. Apart from a photo that includes just a street leading up to Big Ben, I could walk around all day and night looking for another option to photograph.

I could clone the car or crop the photo, but doing that, it loses everything interesting about the photo.

Nige

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 8:42 PM

I quite like this one. I tried one at Kingscross station a couple of months ago, just it was like this. There is no way you could avoid the cars. The sky and the clock look beautiful...
It would be a very difficult clone off any thing.. Is it possible to clone off the lamps? It would make the London Clock Tower more visible, and then you could crop as you wish....

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Nigwel 
30 Apr 2014 - 9:34 PM

Thanks xwang.

I wouldn't know where to start with the cloning of the lamps..

The effect I wanted was to have the clock between the lamps and the building. I`ll give it a try or someone out there with a bit more knowledge of Photoshop might like to try..

Thanks

Anyway..

Nige.

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2014 - 9:58 PM

It's almost impossible to get a decent original take on the clock tower. It's so frequently photographed, from similar locations, so credit for looking for an alternative view. To me though, it looks like the focus is on the foreground, and the clock tower is less sharp, which is a shame if it's supposed to be the main subject. I also find the nearest light has a bit too much glare too.
There is no problem with cars in a shot of a city, it suggests the tower rising serenely out of the bustle, unfortunately it doesn't dominate because it's sandwiched closely between the verticals, but it does suggest the claustrophobic nature of London.

Nick

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dark_lord Critique Team 101491 forum postsdark_lord vcard England140 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2014 - 5:31 PM

Extremely hard to avoid cars, and street furniture for that matter.
This does suggest hustle and bustle and the almost claustrophobic nature of central London.
If the car wasn't there we would see more detail of the shops and restaurants which could distract the eye from the clock tower.

This would benefit from a slight crop to remove the brightly lit wheel, maintining the busy look but focussing attention on the lamps and skyline, which I take is what appeals to you most about this.

I do like the way you've carefully thought out the positioning of the clock tower between the buildings and the lamps.

Keith

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