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By stevophoto
Trying to capture the reflections. any advice on this would e appreciated.

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Diggeo 3 13 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 11:01AM
Hallo Steve. I think the image is a little unbalanced in the first place. The reflections on the water are not so interesting and the space in the bottom of the photo looks empty. On the other hand, the upper part of the image is too crowded, with too many objects, that distracts from your theme (the boats). I've uploaded a cropped version limiting the frame around the boats and the nice fence.
Because of the dull weather the image looks flat. I think it needs some more contrast and saturation.
All the best,

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 12:58PM
Hi, and welcome to the Critique gallery, I think this is your first upload here!
This is attractive - I'm very fond of the squiggly (we pride ourselves on technical language here Wink ) reflections that slightly disturbed water gives to lines. I like the way you have composed this mainly for the reflections.
George above makes two interesting points - first that the picture seems unbalanced. I think that this is because the water is quite light in colour, darkening it would give more weight to the lower part of the frame. Secondly that the upper part of the frame seems crowded - I do think a crop at the sides would concentrate attention on the boats and their reflections, make them more important.
At first sight I thought this looked slightly tilted. Looking closely, the wooden rail is horizontal and the reflections drop down vertically from the masts - I think what I saw was an optical illusion caused by the diagonal line of the jetty.
There's a group of nasty black blobs in the bottom left corner of the frame - I'm not sure if they are dust bunnies or litter in the water, but the image would be better off without them! I'll try a quick Mod.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 1:08PM
I've uploaded a Mod. I cropped the sides a bit, then lightened the sky (dodge tool, set to midtones, 3% exposure, large brush size) and darkened the water (burn tool, again 3% exposure, large brush, first midtones then shadows). Then I cleaned up the water in that bottom left corner.
I think the darker tone at the bottom of the frame prevents the image gives a better balanced feel, see what you think.
Just one more point - I've kept your black frame, but looking again I do think it's a bit heavy, dark. Can I suggest that you include a thin white line, just a few pixels, inside the black, to brighten the effect? It's purely cosmetic, but presentation can make a big difference.
2 May 2013 10:43PM
Thanks A lot for the help guys much appreciated. Moira the black spots are oil or fuel in the water and I didn't notice it until you mentioned it.
Again thanks for all the tips

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