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i took this from a viewpoint at dover castle, i have cropped and used curves on this,

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Aug 2012 - 12:35 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.6
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A view from dover castle
Username:pjplant pjplant
Uploaded:8 Feb 2013 - 9:04 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 10:04 AM

The first thing yiou need to do is to make the horizon level then if you have the software, remove the curvature. That applies to each and every upload that you make, check it first, not doing so makes no sense at all.

Now although your curves have given a pleasing tone to the picture, the harbour opening is too small to give a focal point worth valuing. You might have been better using a longer focal length and looking towards the three beacons that I can just discern. They may provide interest to balance the shot.

Frank

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 1:05 PM

Yes the horizon needs attention and maybe the blue content could be reduced slightly using "colour balance" in P.Shop. There is a lot of of sea and sky and removing some of the fairly featureles left hand side, say up to where the breakwater changes level, concentates attention on the interesting and more colourful area. This would spoil the panoramic effect you have produced though, so may not be to your taste - just a thought.

Geoff

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pjplant
pjplant  5 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 - 2:03 PM

frank! i agree i should have straightened the horizon, i have done so in the mod, as for removing the curvature i dont agree as that is how it looks and to straighten it would not be altering the photo it would be completely changing it, I have say i do not like the tone of your comments as i do not think they are constructive critique they are just rude!

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pjplant
pjplant  5 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 - 2:04 PM

hi geoff, i have made it quite blue so it could be toned down a touch or more, i will have a go at cropping it in different ways in photoshop, thanks for your comments and i will certainly look at the aspects you have pointed out,
thanks



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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:01 PM

Good picture. The harbour and the open sea beyond the sheltering walls. I don't need a focal point in this type of wides seascapes. I like the differing colours of the sea and the feeling of openness..
The horizon may not be quite level but I don't believe it's curved.
The entrance pretty smooth, I've had some hairy moments in the West Entrance to Dover over the years.
Ian

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:18 PM

A reasonable image and the horizon seems to have had enough discussion. I do find things a bit bland with not a lot there to look at. The two piers lead in from each side to... what? I think a single boat suitably placed would just add that bit of interest.

Paul

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