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Cartwright Hall 2

By Philo  
My second shot from Lister Park in Bradford. The council decided to erect that massive sign in front of the building; they have no consideration for photographers.
Camera settings: f/11, 1/500s, 14mm, ISO 400
Comments & mods welcome as always.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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JackAllTog Plus
8 4.9k 58 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 1:15PM
Hi Phil, Lovely rich colours and what a pretty place.
You asked for critique though, and the lovely building is a bit lost in the rest of the shot, this is as the foreground dominates - i've cropped some of the lower section off. Also rotated it a big left to straighten it.
Due to the time of day its a bit dark on the side we are looking at, so i lightened it. and cooled the colour temperature down a bit.
( I love picassa) I also then got carried away and put a graduated tint on it to simulate a polarizer and finally sharpened it.

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Philo 7 99 83 England
11 Nov 2010 2:40PM
Hi Stuart thanks again for taking the time to offer a mod. The crop works for me although my intention was to include the building reflection. In terms of light your mod looks more like my original shot with respect to the building and sky but I deliberately darkened them following critique I received on another building shot in direct sunlight. Lightening the hedgerow and grass works fine.
You may well be right on colour temperature as I did increase it to enhance the colours in the stone.
Once again I have failed to get the building perfectly straight so well spotted there. I perhaps should have tried this with a polarizing filter but I just grabbed a handful of shots whilst the kids were getting an ice cream.
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.9k 58 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 3:00PM
Cheers Phil, What i love about photography is that we all have opinions Smile and notice different things - oops i forgot the reflection. Thanks for the feedback feedback Smile
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
11 Nov 2010 10:31PM
Hi Phil,
I have to agree with Stuart when he says that the building's a bit lost but in the interest of retaining the reflection (or most of it!), I've just cropped some from the bottom.
I like the saturated look and just used the shadows/highlight tool in PS. to bring out some detail without, I hope, it being too dark or bright.
Although it's hard to tell, I straightened using Picasa and added a touch of blue grad to the sky.
And I sharpened it.
Hope this helps.

Philo 7 99 83 England
11 Nov 2010 11:14PM
Thanks for the mod Bren, I do like what you have done and certainly the sky is a nice colour. My only reservation is that maybe the water is too light as it should be darker than the sky.
This is not the first time I have been pulled for having a bit too much foreground interest so maybe something to consider there.
I have 2 more shots to upload tomorrow, still with the fountains in the foreground, but with the building taking centre stage. See how they do!
Thanks again,
Philo 7 99 83 England
12 Nov 2010 12:49PM
Well I think it is unanimous that I haven't lifted shadow detail enough on this one. Thanks for the mod Frank I actually prefer it to the others as it has a more balanced feel to it.
This pov would probably work much better early morning as the sun would be behind me. But that would be too easy: I seem to prefer challenging lighting conditions!

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