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Abbey Park Bridge

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Abbey Park Bridge In Leicester i would like to know how and if this picture could be improved i.e if i used the correct settings or how the picture looks

Tags: Park City Nature Uk Still life Water Bridge Trees Scenic Leicester

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2173 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2017 3:30PM

Quote:i would like to know how and if this picture could be improved i.e if i used the correct settings or how the picture looks

It's a very attractive image. I do like that foreground vegetation, it tells me where I am standing. And the water lilies fill what could easily be a cold, empty expanse of water.

But looking at the settings, did you really need 640 ISO? Did you really need 1/800 second at the equivalent of 64mm full-frame? Assuming hand-holding, but reasonably steady hands, 1/100 second should be quite safe, so you could get that ISO right down!

Composition-wise, two thoughts. My first instinct on opening this was that it needs a slight anti-clockwise rotation. Looking closer, I think this is an optical illusion created by the angle of the water's edge. But the fact that the frame is filled with not-quite horizontal lines gives a slightly odd feel.

I wonder if you tried any portrait-format compositions? A vertical frame can balance not-quite horizontals by leading the eye upwards rather than sideways.

But I would definitely want to place the bridge off-centre, here it tends to block the middle of the frame rather than leading the eye in.

Looking at the histogram, it's very much dominated by midtones. A Levels tweak, moving the outer sliders in a bit to increase tonal range, would give a better sense of light and distance.

OK I shall go and have a play and see what I can come up with...

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i made a mistake with the iso i forgot to change it down to around 100 or so lol my bad
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
10 Jun 2017 5:59PM
This seems to me to have been put through a digital filter - is it possible to post an unprocessed version?

It looks to have had a faux-HDR effect applied, which tends to give the tones a compressed look.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4097 Canada
10 Jun 2017 6:17PM
Im with all of the above, and would love to know how youve processed this, and if you can upload the out of camera shot as a mod?

Thanks for all comments greatly appreciated. I have uploaded the original image as a mod as requested with additional info 👍🏼
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
10 Jun 2017 10:25PM
OK - thanks for the extra info, and the unfiltered, non-HDR version. It really helps to know this stuff, rather than having to work it out!

I'd say that the original is rather nice - often, processing a lot gives the impression of the picture being all about the technique, not the picture...

The results of merging different frames can vary a lot, depending on how you do it, what software you use, and which options you choose in processing... Tell us mroe, and we may be able to make further suggestions.

My mod simply lifts the shadows a little. A second mod adds a neutral density filter to the sky, and hte third shows where you have a flare spot, caused by stray light striking the lens. A lens hood often prevents this - were you using one?
10 Jun 2017 10:49PM
No I did not use a lens hood i also forgot to check my ISO when I took the shot I Edit my pictures In Lightroom or photoshop cc
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
11 Jun 2017 8:06PM
A lens hood is a must, always. While some people use both, I tend to use a hood for protecting the front of the lens rather than a filter. In the sort of conditons you had, a filter would add to the problems, though maybe only a little. A hood will reduce them, always.

Many manufacturers include one in the price for a lens, though Canon are a dishonourable exception. However, there are alternative sources of hoods to fit any given lens - one to fit your lens looks ot be under 6 on eBay, though a search for a genuine Canon hood suggests an extra 40 on the price...
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4097 Canada
11 Jun 2017 10:06PM
Thanks for the original. I loaded a mod based on it.

Seems you were shooting into the light, which can produce poor results.

Dont know if you realise this, but merging three exposures is a form of HDR. If you use the Merge to HDR feature in PS it can look strange.



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