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I took this photo at Pontefract castle in a very dark afternoon. I was underneath the road level, I thought that the angle was interesting, plus the contrast of the light. I brightened up the bottom part of the photo but still kept the tree and fence as I saw... My question is: Does the composition work? Or any comment, criticism?You are very welcome. Thanks.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Oct 2012 - 3:31 PM
Focal Length:40mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Broken fence&tree
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:9 Jan 2013 - 5:02 PM
Tags:Fence, Landscape / travel, Leaves, Sky, Tree
Votes:Voting Disabled
Unique Views:36
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I like this a lot!

9 Jan 2013 - 5:14 PM

I felt the sky was too white so I have done a mod as follows:-

Cropped image to reduce the amount of sky.

Reduced brightness by -18

Cloned out a small white area in the centre

Increased highlights by 14%

I hope you like it.

You do have a small white line running up the edge of the top diagonal barrier which you could carefully clone out

Hermanus  3 South Africa
9 Jan 2013 - 5:24 PM

It could do with a bit more light in the front but I think it is great as is Smile Taken from an unusual angle making it an interesting and good image Smile

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2013 - 5:30 PM

Thank you very much, John.
One thing that I don't understand is:High light and brightness. I thought that they were the same thing. Could you tell me the exact difference,please?Does the brightness mean the whole light area? High light is only the few white colour under this EPZ Calibrate meter. Otherwise, I couldn't understand why you reduced brightness but increased the high light.
I didn't see the lines. Was it caused by over sharpening. I do find that when I re-size the image, I use Bicubic sharper(Best for reduction),sometimes the white line came out. I'm trying to deal with the problem by using lab sharpening in these few days.This is an old photoSmile

Tibetan  3 England
9 Jan 2013 - 5:57 PM

I agree with Herman still a good photo like the silhouette effect, think the sky is agreeable, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin


I wish I had time to do a mod, but I got to go, I personally would crop off the right to just keep the end of the fence, I like the mod by Lonely_oryx, I feel this improves the light.
Makes a good image though JasmineSmile

9 Jan 2013 - 6:39 PM

Hi Xwang

I will try to answer your questions.

I use CS5 which is what I did the mod in. In this software there is a brightness/contrast option which I reduced the brightness of the whole image. There is also a shadow/highlight option which just affect shadows and/or highlight areas of the image. Unlike brightness which affects the whole image.

The line was probably caused by over sharpening. It is a common problem and a bit of a pain. I quite often have to do some careful cloning to get rid of them.

I hope this helps.


xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 9:29 AM

Thank you,John.

paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 6:53 PM

Highlight is a single bright point, or series of single points. Brightness is a more general statement for much larger areas or the whole frame.

A valiant attempt at a strong silhouette. I think the problem is too many items without any one being prominent. Possibly including the full tree on the right. In short, you have no clear subject.


xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 9:04 AM

Thank you very much, Paul. I got your point.

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