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I am trying to make sewage treatment look interesting so this is a shot of a pair of digesters we have recently refurbished. Letterbox crop seemed to suit on this occasion. Would it look better with a person in the shot and, if so, where would he be best placed?
Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Jul 2012 - 8:38 AM
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The Aliens Have Landed
Username:Philo Philo
Uploaded:4 Aug 2012 - 6:57 AM
Tags:Architecture, Digester, Membranes, Pipework, Sewage treatment
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 6:59 AM

Its your choice whether to have a person in shot, but with the title I would suggest that ET might be better. You have succeeded in making these digesters look interesting.

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LynneJoyce
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4 Aug 2012 - 7:17 AM

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 9:46 AM

A very nice industrial landscape, well executed. 1/80sec @f16 ensures good DoF and is well within a young persons steady grip range.

V2 I prefer, as again I do feel the converging verticals in V1 require some correction which you seem to have done on V2.

Frank

PS. Did you meet Lynne and ET or were you elsewhere at the time?

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 12:22 PM

Didn't see V2 before but it is much better with the adjusted verticals. ET approves too.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 477 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 1:30 PM

Thanks for the comments, Lynne and Frank. V1 was taken from a low pov whereas V2 was taken stood up with the camera level. Will look at correcting verticals on V1.
Cool mod, Lynne.
Phil

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 8:14 PM

Of the two, I prefer V2, Phil.
My reasons are: It doesn't look so squashed, the piping is less dominant, it feels more balanced, and the piping isn't obscuring one of the domes.
However, I prefer the metallic look of the piping in V1 as opposed to the blue in V2.
As to the placement of a figure, which I think would look good, the obvious place is at the bottom of the steps, or walking into the shot from the right and approaching those steps. Alternatively, around where that rectangle is on the ground, but I don't suppose you can remove that because it's part of the reality of the shot.
Pamela.

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Philo
Philo e2 Member 477 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2012 - 10:26 PM

Thanks Pamela, I think I need to retake V1 from a standing position, like V2. I will also try and get a volunteer to pose for me at the bottom of the steps.
Phil

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