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I have been told this image has very good composition!! problem is I didnt use flash. maybe someone can do something with this photo............cheers

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-200 vr f3.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Oct 2010 - 12:38 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Harewood Leeds
Username:walk8 walk8
Uploaded:9 Feb 2012 - 5:55 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2946 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2012 - 6:53 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Kevin,

Theres elements of a good composition here, but Im not certail if they rae al in the right place at the right time.

I like how the rain drops on the water have been captured, and the tree making a frame is nice, - but is not really framing anything other than the bright part of the lake.

the ducks are a nice touch, but their porition, and the trunk of the tree dividing the shot really suggests a crop, - and in my mod, moving the ducks over to the right.

I looked at a crop to retain the ducks in their original position, but it ends up with the tree in the middle, - and doesnt look great.


I dont think a flash would do a lot for you. You can always pop up the one on the camera, and it will act as a fill flash (you might have to ne in Aperture priority or shutter, - not certain about M mode on a Nikon), this would illuminate some of the foreground, but if you want to lift the shadows, you need to do it in post processing. I personally like the almost silhouette effect, however, I did increase shadow detail in the mod, and also extended the grass at the bottom down to fill the frame, as the mucky path becomes clear when shadows are lightened.


Anyway, - hope this is of some help. If you are at all gamiliar with Photoshop, - to move the ducks, lassoo them, the copy and paste them, then use the move tool to locate them where you want. is you then use a layer mask, you can clean up some of the background around the ducks,



Regards



Willie

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walk8
walk8  6 England
9 Feb 2012 - 7:48 PM

What can I say!! this is the first time I have used constructive critique and didnt relise how much help is out there.
Will be using this again instead of just looking for points.

I really do like the modifications to this image!! its amazing the things you can do.

Thank you very much..........walk8

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2012 - 8:34 PM

hi, its a nice composition although the tree is a little over dominant and heavy in relationship to everything else.

i like the colour in the background trees and particlarly the fact that there is a gap in the centre adding some light into the frame. compositionally it would have been very fortunate if the group of ducks had been in the bright area just to the right of the tree. the exposure has been handled well.

i think id leave the width as it is but take off some from the top.

regards
Phil

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom874 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 8:08 AM

Mod 1 is very much better. The tree, in your version, is far too black and dominent. It should be the foil to the scene, and needs to be on the left edge. You should look past the tree. There is a fine shot in here, but I would also like the ducks to have been right of the tree - compositionally - impossible now I know.

Paul

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walk8
walk8  6 England
10 Feb 2012 - 4:44 PM

Thank you everyone for the information and coments, and yes it certainly was a bad day weather wise.
I also like the first mod.

kevin

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