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These are the arches at the Red Fort in New Delhi taken on my first day in India.

I used my telephoto lens to create the illusion that the arches were closer to each other and to create more impact. I love these shapes and thought this view was perfect for a b & w conversion.

I've uploaded the original shot before any processing has been applied, and a color version after processing with a different crop.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Feb 2013 - 11:36 AM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Indian Arches
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:27 Jun 2013 - 5:13 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, General, Landscape / travel
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2013 - 6:26 PM

Good move. Even before opening the versions I knew why you had converted to b&w - that green foliage really drags the eye away from the architecture! You've produced a strong image from a much less interesting original.
Minor quibbles - I think you were standing just a tiny bit to the right of the centre of the walk-way, and you have maybe adjusted a bit for that. I might have a play with Skew, just to see if I can produce symmetry - this sort of image really needs to be absolutely true or significantly off-centre.
I think slightly blurring the foliage would also help, just as a greater contrast to the cool, crisp lines.
Moira

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2782 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jun 2013 - 9:13 PM

Its a matter of personal preference really, but I dont think works well at all in mono, and that partly due to the foliage at the end, right in the centre.


There are of course some geometric challenges here with not only level, but horizontal offset, as you werent standing dead centre. Some are easier to deal with than others. Some best not dealt with at all.

Anyway, my offering is a colour mod.



regards



Willie

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2013 - 1:56 PM

Good one, I'd thought you had exhausted India.
I too would go for the colour. For me the BW is drab whilst the colour is rich and strong.
Had a go at making the image symmetrical but as Willie says you were not in quite the right spot.
regards
Ian

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2013 - 8:21 PM

Beautiful shapes, Elaine, and I love the colour version.
I looked at this yesterday and had quite a few attempts at symmetry, but nothing seemed to work to my satisfaction. Even when I felt I had achieved my goal, the centre line wasn't true. I applaud anyone else who has had success. It's worth a bit of effort and tlc because of the shapes and detail you have captured so well.
Pamela.

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Jul 2013 - 10:38 AM

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't had time to reply earlier.

It seems opinion is divided on this one. I like the color version but think the black & while version works a treat, as I think the conversion emphasises the beautiful shapes. Thanks for all you mods all three are great and the symmetry looks a lot better than my effort.

Moira - Thanks for the mod. The adjustments you've made have improved the image. I think it's easier on the eye.

Willie - I like you color mod. Yes, I needed to have stood a bit more to the left - it's a shame I was stood in the wrong place as I haven't made the most of this composition I think.

Ian - Thanks for trying to rectify my careless composition. I've not made it easy for people who wish to help by standing in the wrong place. You've made a good stab at it though. Haven't quite exhausted India just yet..........I took loads of shots, although I think I've uploaded the best ones I've still a few left that may be interesting!

Pamela - Thanks Pamela, I'm glad you like the color version, and the shapes and the detail. The Red Fort is fabulous. I took some alternative views so may upload another shot later.

Thanks for your help everyone, hopefully if I'm faced with a shot like this in the future I'll remember your crits........and stand in the right place!! GrinGrinGrinGrin

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