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This shot was taken in April 2012. It was taken as a three shot hdr image and combined in cs6. It was taken in Arundel West Sussex
Would grateful for your C&C as normal on anyway the shot can be improved. Or anything i could of done different at the time the shot was taken

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Mar 2012 - 3:28 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:the post office
Username:yamahaman yamahaman
Uploaded:1 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 8:17 AM

This is a well put together shot and i like it.

However, there are a few things that i would maybe change slightly. The first is to get rid of the shadow in the bottom left hand corner by either cropping or cloning it away. Cue to the time of day that you took the picture i may have been tempted to try a black and white version. This is clearly a very old building and may work with a black an white or sepia tone. The stop sign would have been better if it had been cloned out but this could take some time and skill. If it as possible i may have been tempted to close the door to the post office.

Lastly, i would have added some clouds to the sky so there isn't a big patch of blu in the picture. You can create your own clouds brush in photoshop very easy with a tutorial from you tube.

Looking at the picture maybe a slight vignette could work on this picture.

But overall i really like the picture

Great effort

Andy

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2800 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 5:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Cant use the EXIF data as its a three shot HDR. I dont honestly see a lot of benefit using HDR for an image like this, but I can see a benefit to exposure bracketing and using the best from all three, which may be what you did. Its not HDR, but its a good way to ensure you get a good dynamic range in your shot.

On the left, the colour of te upper part of the building is very white, while the same area is a slight cream/yellow in the rest of the building, - looks a little odd unless its been painted; a slight imward lean at both ends could be sorted out if you wanted, - the result of the lens being tilted down slightly; otherwise a decent rendition of the building as a record shot.



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Willie

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 5:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The first thing that struck me when looking at this was that HDR wasn't really necessary here, this kind of shot can be taken almost stright from camera.

It reminds me of the kind of shot one would see in an estate agent's window - a very good record showing the facade for what is is, a very old interesting building.

I have uploaded a mod with verticals straightened (I know a lot say "unnecessary") as this is how I like to see such a picture and I have also cloned out hastily the 'No Entry' sign, its supporting post and the odd drainpipe.

I never know how the EXIF works out when you combine three images, but what is shown seems odd to me.

Frank

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2012 - 5:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A lovely old building, Robert, and it's good to see it being used as a Post Office.
I notice that Frank has done a modification and he has more or less done what I would have done. He has removed the shadow and stop sign that Andy mentions, but has also corrected the verticals. If you look closely at your picture, you will see that the verticals are falling towards the middle. Some people find this acceptable, so the choice is yours.
Judging by the strong shadows, you had some strong light and your exposure is good.
As a record shot of the building, the image is fine, but a little more interest could be achieved if you could perhaps capture someone walking in or out of the door, or even just along the pavement. This takes patience but can be worthwhile.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 2 Jul 2012 - 5:44 PM

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yamahaman
yamahaman  2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 - 8:12 PM

thanks frank for the mod. And i agree with the exif data sounding odd, the mod you did has improved the image i did think about the sign. But as yet not to good with removing things myself as yet but i know people will guide me in the right direction here. Its Great getting other peoples opinions on every aspect of the pictures.
thanks to all that commented

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