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An Evening on the Tyne

By shedhead
I took this shot of the . Millennium Bridge , with the Sage. On the left .

Tags: Architecture Millenium bridge Newcaslte Sage

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4231 Canada
24 Nov 2018 2:52PM
Welcome to EPZ and the critique gallery Brian.

This is a decent shot, - and correct me if Im wrong, - you hand-held the camera for this?

The ISO is high, so theres some noise, and the "ribs" of the near bridge are not visible, so one way to improve on this is to use a tripod, a smaller aperture, a lower ISO and a longer shutter setting.

So Aperture priority mode, set ISO to say 200, set Aperture to f/8, and let the camera choose the exposure time. Using a tripod will allow a long exposure, and if you either use a remote shutter release, or if non is available, use the self timer, you can take a number of shots. The longer shutter opening will also blur the ripples on the water.
Review each one, and you can then use the Exposure Compensation setting to increase or decrease the exposure as required.

A very good effort. I tried a quick mod, its a 16 X 9 crop, slight noise reduction.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2018 3:15PM
A warm welcome from me too. Living along the Tyne Valley at Prudhoe this is a scene that I know well, including that murky brownish sky. Very Tyneside!

Willie has given the technical advice above, this really does need a tripod because of the difficulty in holding a camera rock-steady for a relatively slow exposure, and the need to reduce ISO for better image quality. But it has produced a shot that is full of atmosphere, and the high ISO gives a grittiness that is actually quite appropriate.

I would just add one point regarding composition. I like the way you have balanced the different arcs, the distraction for me is the top of the lifebelt housing bottom right. I would want to lean forward a bit further along the railing in order to exclude it from the frame.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1840 England
24 Nov 2018 5:32PM
Welcome from me, too.

I don't have a lot to add to the comments above: I'll note that tripods feel like a lot of trouble, but repay the effort in terms of quality. Strong and probably heavy always beats cheap light and portable.

An alternative is to avoid zoom lenses, and use the far wider maximum aperture to allow higher shutter speeds.

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pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
25 Nov 2018 1:20AM
Hello from me too shedhead.

We have come a very long way from where the photographer would need to make a very definite decision before he/she goes out to take a picture. "What type of film should I load the camera with? Colour or Black and White?" Now you can do this with a flick of a button.

When you come to evaluate a scene ask yourself if colour gives the extra edge to your picture. Shortcut way first: Do not try to imagine it, just try it in mono, how much of the colour do you think you miss out from the original? The long way around is to evaluate the percentage and the strength of the colours and if the screen is dominated by a colour (as back in this case) and the supplementary colours (the blue and the red here) are rather weak and not as contrasting, go mono. Modern cameras handle noise better than before but going mono was a way to battle colour noise and introduce an element of texture, a pseudo-grain.

Here mono would help you focus on the architecture itself rather than the city lights.

Try it as an experiment yourself. Does it look any better after being turned black and white?


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2018 8:58AM
There is just one bottom line - something needs to be sharp and nothing is. The content is thus not terribly relevant. You must get the image sharp where it needs to be and that means some kind of support, a tripod or wall top, or a high ISO. THe best route, almost always, is lower iSO and camera support which will not vibrate with wind, traffic and other effects.


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