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Dancing shadows embrace winter lake...

By Manas
Dancing shadows embrace cool lake water in winter morning.....

Tags: Landscape Landscape and travel

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3 Jan 2017 3:18PM
Hi Nice capture,
but is it slightly out of the horizontal to the right.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
3 Jan 2017 5:40PM
Yes, there's a definite tilt to this, and that's something you always need to check with water shots. Reflections, strong verticals, and a flat horizon all make any lack of levelness very apparent.

Two posts back, with the same buildings, I asked how you meter, using manual mode. You haven't replied: if we're going to help you improve your photography, this needs to be a two-way process.

This was taken less than a quarter of an hour after that other picture, and there's not a lot else to add...
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
3 Jan 2017 6:08PM
A bit of Sjewing required for the horizon.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2017 8:11PM
This is an interesting and colourful building, Manas, and you have captured a strong reflection.
I like the inclusion of the other buildings that echo its colours.

Straightening is necessary. The building's verticals are sloping and the reflection is not falling straight down, as reflections do.

Brightening will enhance the colours and bring out a lot more detail.

Having a building this close to the edge, with part of it cut off, isn't a good idea. If you can avoid doing that, it would look better.

Overhanging foliage can be a nice feature, and is often used to frame a scene, but here it looks too heavy. It is large, overpowering and black. It draws the eye away from the building.

In my modification I firstly straightened and cropped to square, then cloned out the foliage. I made a few contrast adjustments and brightened the image overall.
My second modification has a further crop, bringing the water line into the centre of the frame. I also realised I hadn't satisfactorily straightened the building, so gave it another go and am happier with it now.

3 Jan 2017 10:31PM
Very nice reflection and colours. As Pamela said, the building on the right is bright and on the edge of the frame so it draws the eye out of the picture and makes the picture look a bit 'unbalanced'. I tried a wide crop, have uploaded another modification. I also used the transform tool in photoshop to vertically scale the trees on the left to try to balance the composition a bit more.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2017 8:57AM
The interest is all on the right side of the frame. It's sometimes nice to have some calm, quiet space to balance a busy, colourful subject, but too much space does not look balanced! I think that overhanging branch could work better too with a lot less space on the left.

This is the third upload in a row that needs rotation. You can call up a grid on your viewfinder and viewing screen, to assist with getting the shot level.. Depending on what software you have for editing, you should also be able to call up a grid to review the image and you should also be able to rotate to get it right if necessary.

This is particularly important with any image involving water. Water always lies flat, reflections always drop straight down, whatever angle they are viewed from. Anything else jumps out at the viewer and spoils the effect of the image. It's really important to make a check with the grid a part of your regular workflow.

I'll try my own modification...

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