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BalBoa Park

By vat
This is my first image uploaded. Your critiques are appreciated.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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20 Aug 2009 7:18AM
What a beautiful scene - looks a lovely place - well captured !


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20 Aug 2009 11:34AM
you have done well particularly according to the situation. the reflection of the sky at the water is superb. but here the sky is very bright and the reflection of it at the water is blue because of the angle of the light falling at the sensor. and i guess you have selectively tweaked the sky to give it a better look resulting posterization at the sky( unnatural shifting of tone). you could have used the spot meter of the camera for the sky and the building separately. and you could have used ND grad filter of the same value or slightly lower than the value of such difference( exposure values measured by the spot meter). the horizontal level is also not right according to the water level. another easy way, you have, is that you could have taken a picture exposing for the sky and another exposing for the building and you can merge them at the digital darkroom.

Hope it helps,
QuinnyA 8 59 Australia
20 Aug 2009 2:22PM
This image has a lot of positives for me - I like the composition of the lake sides drawing attention to the building and the reflections work really well - a couple of minor issues exist - the movement in the people would indicate a slow shutter speed and the overall variance in contrast is a nightmare for any photographer - I actually believe you have done a great job - and with a small amount of adjustment ( some tweeks on highlights and shadows) this is as good at that time - it would get.

Somnath - did a good analysis, but I have to disagree with an ND filter as in this image too much building is in the sky - I may be wrong but all the ND Filter I have used tend to work across the image and while great for an horizon sky as a distinct line once something goes above that - then they can create a bigger problem.

At the end of the day this is not an ad. brochure shot and you are not a pro-photographer doing the shoot, so multiple exposure were not on the cards.
If it was my assignment to do a brochure shot - I would have sat it out and waited for a better time.

My guess is you visited and took a shot, and a pretty good one at that.

It is hard to say from a Jpeg of such low res - what you had to work with but overall I think you have done a really good job - Welcome to EP - Andy
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 12:27AM
And a warm welcome from me, too. It's your composition that attracts me to the image, also the reflections. Somnath obviously has better eyesight than me because it was only when I tried to reduce the highlights in editing that I began to notice the problem with the sky. I was only going to attempt to darken the sky but ended up giving the picture a few more tweaks. I brightened the image, then used a low opacity paint brush on multiply to darken the sky. Instead of sharpening the whole image, I selectively sharpened the foreground foliage.
vat 8
21 Aug 2009 5:46AM
Thanks all for your valuable critiques.

You are right about the sky, I just noticed after you mentioned. I used a Sigh-Ray Vari filter (polarize + vari ND) for this shot. This is my first time using this filter that I just got it from Sing-Ray a week ago. I took about 5 shots of this same scene and some doesn't show the bright sky like this one but show more blue to the right of the sky. I guess it must be the polarize filter that does this. When I took this picture, the sky was not that bright. I spot meter that whole scene and they are all within range.

The movement of the people was intentional. I have another shot where the shutter was faster that everyone was frozen but I like the blur affect more. Funny my friend said the same thing about the blur. I guess it's personal preference.

Pam, I like your mod. I really don't know much when it comes to retouching. I only know the basic contrast adjustment and sharpening.


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