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Just how electricity has taken over the landscape with the pylons and power station

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.8 - 88.1 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Mar 2014 - 6:29 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Powered Landscape
Username:gardenersteve gardenersteve
Uploaded:1 May 2014 - 11:14 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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pablophotographer
pablophotographer e2 Member 3496 forum postspablophotographer vcard 188 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 2:28 AM

Hi

Less grass more sky is necessary for me. At least half of the bottom green grass is a waste of space which could had created bigger impact if it was exchanged to capture more of the fumes from the chimneys.

I am not sure if it is my eyes or my screen or the high ISO that makes the cables bot looking as proper lines of copper to me, I see the picture as if it suffers from ''digitalisation'', Afternoon with light, weather and lens as such could be handled by 200 ISO speed with much less loss of image quality.

kindly
pablophotographer

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11164 forum postsdudler vcard England390 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 4:29 AM

I really like the "grainy" effect you've gone for here, with high ISO (and possibly a little bit of aggressive sharpening later...) It's a technique that I've been using for many years with film, and it emphasises the sharpness of the image, while breaking up some of the detail.

You've goen for a muted colour palette, too, which is exactly how older high-speed colour films rendered things. Really pushing my nostalgia buttons: I can still get fast black-and-white film, but there aren't any colour emulsions available any more.

I can see Pablo's point about composition, though it also works as it stands, I think. The big issue is that there's a tilt to both the chimney on the left, and the pylon on the right. You can adjust this by rotating the picture, and then using Image/Transform/Skew to alter the geometry - I'll post a modification with this done. After rotation and adjustment, it's necessary to crop, and this means that I've lost the rather nice edge effect you've added.

I like this picture: I look forward to seeing more of your work in the Critique Gallery soon.

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2014 - 8:30 AM

Nothing wrong as a record, but a record should be very sharp. Not sure if the low technically quality were ibtentional or not, but I'm notkeen on that. The result is a rather flat image with noteable detail loss?

The 30D is a great camera, but old technology. The performance at 1600 is not in the same league as current models. If the effect was intentional, OK, if not, stay clear of the high ISO which would not normally be needed in this case.

Paul

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