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I took this snap this morning whilst out walking my dogs , shame i had to take it one handed as had the dogs on a lead due to the high water,,

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix L810 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:std
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Oct 2012 - 9:01 AM
Focal Length:13.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/4.3
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:1.400000
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Canford Bridge
Username:sluggyboy sluggyboy
Uploaded:7 Oct 2012 - 3:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mugshotmyk
7 Oct 2012 - 4:12 PM

Clearly this is a place you visit fairly frequently so I suggest you leave the dogs at home next time you intend to photograph the bridge. There are blown highlights at the far side of the bridge and the position from where you took the shot is not the best. Try to include the whole structure next time, keep an eye on the camera's histogram for blown highlights and blocked-up blacks. If you're unsure of how to interpret a histogram then you'll need to do some reading up. I think this particular bridge makes a fine subject for images so keep on trying to get a really well-balanced image with good tones and colouring.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 4:21 PM

Composition is quite good but you are a good stop, maybe more, over exposed. You must check the LCD exery exposure if you have time. You would clearly see the over exposure. Use the exposure compensation feature and try a shot at -1, then one at -2. With your original you will then have an interesting comparison.

Paul

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pamelajean Critique Team 8688 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 5:52 PM

Despite the overexposure, Mark, you have a nice composition and format, and this bridge looks to provide a lot of potential.
Choose a time of day when the light is less intense, or preferably behind you.
Consider how much of the bridge structure you want to include in your frame, and also consider how much of the bridge you want in focus and adjust your aperture accordingly.
You have the walkway of the bridge nicely on a diagonal here, and the perspective is good, with focus tailing off along the length of the bridge.
The water is a nice colour, and you may be able to get a reflection of the bridge within it.
Another idea would be to stand at the entrance to the bridge and get a symmetrical perspective of the walkway, hopefully also with some good shadows.
With an image like this, it isn't always necessary to include the sky, just concentrate on the structure.
I have done a modification with a drastic crop to the bright areas, and it now has a square format, focusing on the bridge structure and diagonal lines. I cloned out the leaves on the left, reduced the highlights, made a Levels adjustment and sharpened. I suppose it might be a good idea to also crop away the bright water on the left and place the bridge end into the top left corner, as I have done with the bridge beginning, placing it into the bottom right corner. I'm not sure about it, but have had a go (see mod2) to see what you think.
Pamela.

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