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City Of Glasgow College

By flatfoot471    
Two new buildings being erected on the site of the former Nautical College in Glasgow and will form part of the new City of Glasgow College near the Mosque

A work in progress. Looking for suggestions for this photo.

This was taken about 0240 iin the morning (only safe time you can wander round that part of Glasgow with a large camera!)
Canon Eos40D f11 30 sec.

Any suggestions for improvement/alteration would be apreciated


Tags: Landscape Scotland Winter Glasgow United kingdom Bridge Urban Night Normal Mosque College River clyde Landscape and travel Gorbals

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 May 2016 3:55PM
A decent image. It is very brown suggesting some over exosure and thus a lack of black. Less exposure I think, but you should shoot a series in such circumstances varying exposure as many will work at night giving different effects.

Compsitionally the bright building on th extreme right is unfortunate. It is rarely a good idea to have a very bright highlight right at the edge of a frame as it will pull the eyes and reduce impact from the true subject.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
1 May 2016 5:11PM
Very brown/orange, due to the artificial light. It is hard to correct for.

In my mod I lightened the foreground but there wasn't a huge amount of detail in the deep shadows. You don't necessarily want to see everything in the shadows, especially in a night shot as you want some mystery, but lifting them a little is often more pleasing than having large blocked up areas.
Shooting RAW will enable you to have more control over this. If you don't have PhotoShop/Elements/Lightroom, Canon's DPP that came on the disc with your camera is perfectly capable software.

I take what you say about safety, but shooting when there is some colour in the sky would make a difference. If 2.40 am is ok, surely 4.40 or 5.40 is ok? At this time of year you'd get that blue sky. In fact a dawn sky would look very good especially with an attractive cloud formation lit by the early sun.

It's the heavy cloud reflecting the street lighting that doesn't help with the sky here, a clear night would be more helpful for you. In my mod I adjusted the Hue to give an idea of what it could look like. I adjusted the Colour Balance of the rest of the scene. I also made the crop suggested by Paul.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
1 May 2016 5:32PM
You do quite a few of these, so you know what your doing I think.

I think theres post processing being done that gives you the look you want, but it would be nice to see an un touched version if you still have it. If so, you can upload it here as your own mom, - click modifications, upload mod, select the unmodified version.

Are you shooting in RAW?

I think, looking at the histogram thats its underexposed, and that the white balance is causing too much red/brown to show, - and as Paul mentions, blacks become a different colour. Usually AWB works quite well in this type of scene.

Its easy to underexpose, as the lights will have an effect on how exposure is perceived; its OK to get the lights only bright, but you then run the risk of having no details in the very dark areas, so a bit of a balancing act; might be as Paul suggests an idea, since you have a tripod and the camera has not been stolne yet, to take a series of over and under which can be combined in post processing to get the best of both worlds

Take a look at the mod, - sharper, more exposure. Now that dome on the right, - is there a second one behind it, or is it some sort of reflection, or post processing issue?


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
1 May 2016 7:03PM
I can't really add to this - the issue here is the brown cast, which is only present in some of your pictures.

Sorting in editing is always possible, but finding the root cause so that you can avoid it in future seems to me to be sensible...
1 May 2016 10:31PM
Thank you all for the comments. They are very much appreciated.
I have uploaded an unedited jpeg copy of the original RAW file.

It does seem there are some post processing issues - the glare from the mosque dome isn't in the original.
The colours aren't quite right but I wasn't too concerned about it. Although having had a wee tinker about, The colour balance definitely needs to be changed..
I agree with the crop to remove the light from the mosque. Had swithered about where to crop, but eventually came to the same conclusion as the modified one above.
Shooting at this time of year when there is more light in the sky starts to bring out some of the less desirables of Glasgow.
This was shot in February at 0240 just after I finished work. I took one exposure really as a 'I must go back there when warmer' kind of record shot. Temperature outside was -4 deg and I wasn't really wanting to hang around and play with exposures too much as I knew could recover some of it when I got home. Once uploaded I was a wee bit more pleased with the result and thought it might work.

2 May 2016 1:32AM
I have uploaded a second edition, edited accordingly and taken into consideration some of the comments made here.

I would appreciate any further comments or considerations.

Many thanks

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