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I'm very much a beginner when it comes to the photograpy and still have a lot to learn about the basics. This is the first image I have uploaded for comment and would be grateful for any advice on compostion, technical points etc.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Grey day in Oxford
Username:paddyf paddyf
Uploaded:16 Sep 2007 - 9:08 PM
Tags:Church, Landscape / travel, Oxford
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alwolf
alwolf  7341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2007 - 9:12 PM

Nice crisp detail,well framed by the tree on the left

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Crusey
Crusey  6
16 Sep 2007 - 9:14 PM

Hi Paddy,
I love your blend of light on the church, however I would crop the left hand side and the top. I think the left-hand side is too dark.
John

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DC75
DC75  7 Sweden
17 Sep 2007 - 9:43 AM

Yes - there is too much dark tree on the left.

However you've got a great sky there and the combination of that with the church and the great light on the tree to the right of the church would make a good composition.

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2007 - 8:47 PM

technically the exposure is good, nice light on the church, nothing blown out to white, and detail kept in the darker areas of the treees. Compositionally there's a bit too much foliage IMO, I'd crop from the left and a little sliver from the top.

A careful slight boost in contrast and brightness (maybe 10% each) would lift it a bit, but be careful not to cause any areas to burn out to white

Welcome to EPZ, keep the uploads comimg, you'll learn a lot if you want to, and have a good time as well

Stephen

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Stevebishop
19 Sep 2007 - 3:21 PM

Nice to see your work starting to appear on EPZ Paddy. Very nice image and like already said this is a fantstic medium for learning. Keep em coming mate. See you on tuesday.

Steve

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2007 - 6:29 PM

To much on the left and crop a bit off the top to make the church more in control of the image. The left tree dominates to much.

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KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 92971 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2007 - 8:54 PM

Seems general that the crop I had in mind is shared by others. Any bland areas without any interesting detail is better cropped. I also feel that a lower viewpoint for a bit more foreground would help.

The lighting is fine where you will find that shifting patches of light is better than full sunlight.
Ken

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paddyf
paddyf  7
22 Sep 2007 - 9:40 PM

Many thanks for the comments. Will have a play with cropping the image as suggested.

Paddy

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