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By DanielaS  
I just want to learn more so as to improve my photos

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Tibetan 6 3 England
14 Sep 2012 7:58AM
That's very nice I like this and the position it's taken from is spot on could not be better, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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14 Sep 2012 8:23AM
A lovely image and nice point of view. Well captured
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2012 5:01PM
A nice well composed landscape. You have done the best with the conditions prevailing. More dramatic lighting would be even better, sun on the building for instance. However, difficult to arrange!

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
14 Sep 2012 8:09PM
A spectacular view and a good image Daniela. Better light would improve the shot as Paul mentions, but you cant arrange the weather.

You can do a little work on this though. Looking at the left of the image, you notice contrast falling away, and the image becoming flat due to some mist. If you use a circular polarizer filter this can helpp reduce the mist effects and give more detail, - as I have done in the mod. I used curves and the highlight tool in Photoshop CS6 for this.

One final tip is composition, - placing the building on the lower right third intersection provides a nice composition, and also gives you a 10 X 8 aspect ratio crop for a print.


alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
16 Sep 2012 2:08PM
Willie anticipated me with the contrast issue on the left, so no need repeating. Something that I didn't like in this is how there is a very sharp cut-off point in the sky between the grey clouds and the burnt out sky in the right hand side. There is almost no detail at all in that sky (tilted my laptop monitor through almost 180-degrees to see if some detail comes out when the image is viewed at a different angle). I would try and do something about this, even if it's just extending the grey sky in a subtle, graduated manner, as a completely white sky doesn't flatter a picture at all.

One more thing I'd edit is the red crane/structure in top right hand side of image, I think as it is it takes some attention away from the house and adds very little in terms of interest to the image. Is that the top end of a cable-car system?
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
16 Sep 2012 8:43PM
EDIT: Now I'm seeing this on my PC monitor (not on laptop TFT) and the clouds look more gradually fading... Don't know why there's so much difference in them. Goes to prove that what you see is not always what I see, and vice versa.
DanielaS 5 4 Romania
16 Sep 2012 9:48PM
I checked the image on two laptops and the clouds are gradually fading but in the Modification Edit that banehawi uploaded there is a huge difference between the sky and the clouds. I don't know... maybe I made something wrong when I did the settings for the photo but the weather was tricky too. It was foggy at that altitude and suddenly the fog dissapeared and I was able to take this shot. Otherwise I wasn't able to see the house. Maybe that is way it is this huge difference between the clouds.

And yes, there is a cable car system in the right side of the image. I prefer not to alter the image, so I let it be ...

Thank you a lot for your time.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
18 Sep 2012 10:37AM
Daniela - the option to edit out or not the cable car tower is up to you, I would personally see how it looks without it and then decide, but that is up to you of course, either way it's stilla a very nice image.

As regards the sky, something that may help is the calibration tool at the bottom of ePhotozine's web-pages. Scroll to the very bottom and check out that bar of squares fading from black to white. Make sure your laptop monitor is able to show all 16 different shades. This might not be as exciting as seeing 50 shades, but it's probably more helpful! Wink



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