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Building @ Sanchi

By vikaskhair      
This photo was clicked during Nikon Photowalk to Sanchi, MP, India in February. I loved the tall pillars in this unfinished ruined hall.

Tags: General Architecture Historic Buddhist Buddhism World heritage site

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prabhusinha 14 5 5 India
22 Aug 2014 3:28AM
Little skewing required
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2536 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 9:00PM
Hi Vikas, welcome to the Critique Gallery! I see that this is your first upload, but you have been a member of the site for several years so I hope you know your way around here and know what the Critique gallery is about.

We try to advise people on both the taking and the processing of images. For reference, it helps if you tell us as much as possible about what you are trying to convey, and ask any questions that you want to. With luck someone will have an answer.

I like the way this has been taken at quite a wide angle, quite close to the building, looking up. That creates a dominating effect, this is about strong lines.

As mentioned in the comment above it needs a slight adjustment because it is not straight. With a building, with all those vertical lines, the vertical nearest to the centre of the frame needs to be true. If you look at the image, the line nearest to the middle is that dark column-edge in the background, and it's quite a bit off vertical.

Skewing, as mentioned by prabhusina, means dragging one corner outwards or up/down. If you have it in your software it is very useful for small adjustments. If you rotate the image you have to crop, you lose some frame. If you skew you lose much less of the original image!

An important point about how you took this. You used a large aperture, F3.8, and a very fast shutter speed, 1/1250 second. You didn't need to do that. It has worked pretty well, but Better to use a somewhat smaller aperture, say F8, which would give greater depth of field. As I said before this has worked out well, but it's not the choice that I would have made.

The exposure on the stonework looks good, the sky is slightly overexposed so there is little sense of texture in the clouds. I've uploaded a modification with two small changes - I skewed the bottom left corner out to correct that central vertical, and I slightly darkened highlights and midtones. For me it gives a slightly better sense of depth. See what you think.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2536 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 9:23PM
I forgot to say - I do like the inclusion of the figure bottom right. I didn't see him at first when I opened the file - then I spotted him and he transforms the image. He gives a sense of scale, and also life.
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
24 Aug 2014 12:25AM
And welcome from me, too, Vikas!

Moira has said it all, really: though there is an alternative to getting the verticals looking perfect, and that is to totally distort them. I'll do a mod along these lines.

Once you notice that the clouds are burned out to pure white, they're a distraction: this is why it's always a good idea to check the histogram when you've taken a picture - if it's not right, dial in a bit of exposure compensation, and try again. After all, extra shots cost nothing to take.

I hope the gallery gives you what you are looking for, and that we'll see more of your work here soon.
Jestertheclown 13 8.7k 255 England
24 Aug 2014 11:38AM
The correction, if that's the right word, of verticals is always open to debate as it's such a subjective idea.
It's only possible to get verticals truly vertical if the lens's front element is itself vertical and exactly parallel in the vertical plane to the subject and even then, there's likely to be some distortion around the edges.
When you're shooting across, or up (or both!) at a subject you'll almost always encounter some distortion due to perspective which can't really be completely got rid of. Pulling one corner outwards will cause the middle to distort, for example. It's really a case of making adjustments until it "looks right."
In reality, of course, we see perspective in everything at which we look. It's just that our brains tell us not to notice it.
Personally, unless it's extreme, I rarely touch the verticals in my images. Doing so can so easily make matter worse.
But as I say, it's subjective.
vikaskhair 10 2 India
5 Dec 2014 5:35AM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions and comments about improving this photo and my photography.

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