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Bit of a ruin, Antalya, southern Turkey

By JerryLovell
Not a new-build then...
Looking for critique on framing and composition, please

Tags: Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.

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pamelajean Plus
10 969 1846 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2014 6:43PM
I like the way you have used the columns of the ruins to frame the scene behind them, and particularly the mountain which sits so neatly inside the central portal.
Your aperture has ensured that both columns and scene are in focus.

It looks to be a bright sunny day, and yet your image is underexposed. Perhaps you were standing in a dark area of the ruins to take this, hence your 400 ISO? Or maybe it was your use of spot metering.

I suspect that the columns are not straight in reality, but feel they would look better if they were. You were probably concentrating on the view you could put inside your framing, and didn't level them up too well.

Where the sun penetrates the columns, there is a little burn-out on them. This can be toned down a little in post processing, but the detail cannot be recovered.

Your "framing" with the pillars is a bit tight. In other words, the arch at the top nearly touches the top frame, and it would have been better to include a bit more of the ruins above that archway.

In my modification I started by straightening the verticals and diagonals.
I then cropped the top so that the tightness of the archway top doesn't look so much like a mistake. I cropped the left to exclude the part pillar there, which I felt was superfluous. I cropped the bit of sky off the right, making the pillars there more of a "frame". I didn't physically crop the bottom, this is just the way it came out after the straightening, which inevitaby removes some of the image's outside.
I brightened the image, lifted the shadows and reduced the highlights, also going over the burnt-out areas to reduce their brightness a touch. I finished with a Levels adjustment and some sharpening.

I enjoyed working on this, it's an excellent idea that has worked really well, which is mostly down to your clever positioning of the background.

Pamela.

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I see your view. I cropped it like this to emphasise the perspective, from which you can make your own picture. But I much apprecite the critique. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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