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The local gallery asked me to take some pics of my village for sale as cards. It's pushing me outside my comfort zone both in terms of being a commission and also semi-urban photography but I guess that's a good thing! This is one of them (breaking myself in gently, still haven't worked out how to shoot the buildings!). I think it has more impact as mono but yout opinions would be great thanks Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Apr 2013 - 5:18 AM
Focal Length:24mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Old Spey Bridge
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:13 Apr 2013 - 5:54 AM
Tags:Bridge, Cairngorm national park, Grantown, Landscape / travel, Spey
Votes:38
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 6:14 AM

Lovely picture v2 is better.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
13 Apr 2013 - 6:38 AM

I think both versions are excellent Al. V1 is maybe more artistically acceptable - put yourself in the mind of a tourist who is after a nice image Smile

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derrymaine
13 Apr 2013 - 6:41 AM

both nice shots, for me v1. love the texture of the water

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gwynn56
gwynn56  252 forum posts England
13 Apr 2013 - 7:37 AM

nice image though I prefer v2Smile

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 8:52 AM

Ooooh the mono is way better in my opinion . It's good to try new subjects it will ultimately make you a much better photographer. I know what Herman means but i would take the pics for yourself because thats how you got the job in the first place GrinGrin Nice work

Rod

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 2DicksPics vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 9:15 AM

Two excellent version of which the colour shot gets top spot, Al!
Regards,
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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
13 Apr 2013 - 9:16 AM

An excellent capture. I like both versions, as it works very well in mono, too.
Effrossini

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 9:21 AM

I had to laugh when you described this as semi-urban!!GrinGrin although I can see the hint of a building, plus a couple of benches and a safety ring! The mono is pretty good but I have to go with the colour, the blue tones are lovely and the red of the ring a perfect counter. I would take the images you like doing (and do so well) plus also the blue sky/sunny stuff.

Dave

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 9:45 AM

both work well...have had a go at a mod for the mono..just lifting the shadows a little...my re-sharpening may have been a little over the top though Smile

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 10:47 AM

Colour for me!

Rgds
Paul

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 10:50 AM

mono for me today Al love the fg detail a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 11:37 AM

Colour for me!! Tones are just beautiful!! Good comp and cracking image!!

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 426 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 7:19 PM

Love the comp and movement Al and the muted colour version gets my vote....excellent shot

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 7:37 PM

It's the mono for me.

Sue Smile

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 7:47 PM

Superb comp and again that dramatic low POV that is becoming your signature, Al. Lovely range of tones in V1 but I think V2 wins by a whisker for me as it reminds me of the very early days of colour photography - wonderful subtle shades and I love the milky water movement in both.
Sylvia

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 8:06 PM

great shot Al, I'm afraid I prefer the colour version too this time. The long exposure works so well in scenes like this and you have captured it perfectly.

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 9:55 PM

Thanks Dr Sharma, Herman, eleftheria, Gwynn, Rod, ****, Effrossini, Dave, Jeff, Paul, Andy, Bill, Jeremy, Sue, Sylvia and Mark! Smile
Big thanks to Jeff and Ronnie for uploading their Mods, both of which are better than the originals.

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KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 7323 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 11:15 AM

A beautiful mono - well done with this.

Regards.

Bob

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5168 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 9:30 PM

A very strong composition and a striking image Alan. The mono just edges it for me. An excellent mono.
Derek

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 5:57 AM

Cheers Bob and Derek Smile

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A Booth
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15 Apr 2013 - 7:34 PM

good composition with interesting foreground detail. the mono version has an atmospheric appeal.

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2013 - 8:28 AM

Thanks Alan Smile

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kel55
kel55 e2 Member 1kel55 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 6:20 PM

Good shot Al , mono works best for me , as usual the whole image smacks of quality and great technique , this is probably where I would spoil it but if I'd taken this I would have cloned out the bracket on the bridge and the signs / seats on the left bank . Don't think the tourist would mind these details being omitted , probably wrong on this just think it might make the scene a bit more post cardy , well done mate and be careful your never to far away from an orange . Kel

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105967 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 6:33 PM

Mono for me Al.... looks good and a great way to get out of the comfort zone.. Smile

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chris-p
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23 Apr 2013 - 10:22 PM

Colour for me ..

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alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1158 forum postsalistairfarrugia vcard Malta86 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 10:20 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like these, both mono and colour work fine for me. I think I prefer the mood in the colour version though, kind of fits more in my eyes.

My only suggestion is to revisit the place, and try retaking the shot by including a bit more sky and little less foreground. Would have wished to see the tips of the all the trees here. Some have their top area cropped off and in my eyes this is a bit "off", so to speak. Would have rather had the top part of the image close off with just the sky. Given that you were on the widest focal length, it seems you opted to compose using the rule of thirds guideline of placing the horizon one-third down from the top, but I think here you would have gained more, compositionally, by placing it slightly lower and giving the sky the whole top part of the image and including the top-part of all the trees that were showing.

Regardless, I reiterate that I like this image and it's well taken irrespective of the above. I keep returning to your work and liking what I see. Keep it up!

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 7:10 PM

Thanks for taking the time to offer such a detailed critique Alistair. I plan to revisit (when the water level drops; the river is high with snowmelt at the moment) so will action your suggestions when I do Smile

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 1158 forum postsalistairfarrugia vcard Malta86 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 7:14 PM

Looking forward to that Al! Smile

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