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Eashaness lighthouse, Shetland.

By Mal_Reeves
Eashaness lighthouse taken from the Edge of the N/W of mainland Shetland. (4 feet behind me is a big drop into the Atlantic ocean).

Did I do the right thing by centralising the view?

Tags: Landscape and travel

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26 Nov 2013 4:42AM
For me, that question depends on what, visually, is on either side of the lighthouse.

salopian 9 3 28 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2013 11:33AM
There is a slight lean to the left which could be easily corrected and also quite a lot of space around the main subject - ie the lighthouse. I would be tempted to crop some off the top and bottom, at the same time removing/cropping the posts on the right. This would move the lighthouse off centre, but whether this is better than the central placement is down to your own feelings as rules do not have to be followed!
If you had moved forward from the perilous drop into the Atlantic the cropping would have been done for you Smile

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2013 1:32PM
It's a perfectly adequate record of a building. The lighting is against a reaaly strong image. The sky is bright, but the building in shade. Possibly cloud. It would be better if the building had some nicer lighting on it.

I don't mind the composition as a record.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2013 7:13PM
OK, so you couldn't have moved backwards, MalcolmTongue! and you wanted this angle on the lighthouse, which is fine.
But you could have considered a vertical format and either included more foreground or more sky. If you let your subject guide you, and consider that the lighthouse is high up, then you can enhance that feeling of height by using a vertical format. Vertical images can give a feeling of strength, too. It's worth remembering that changing the format can drastically change the impact of your shot.

The lighthouse is very central in the frame. You ask, "Did I do the right thing by centralising the view?" and if you like it that way, then it's fine. If you just want it to be a record of your visit, it's probably ok for you. However, the layout of your image will influence how visually effective or stimulating it is to others viewing it.

Ideally, you wanted there to be more light falling on the lighthouse, not only to brighten it, but to accentuate its details. The sky is bright and the lighthouse is in shade, or it could simply be that the bright sky has caused your camera to underexpose the building and foreground.
The bits of orange help to lift the image because there is little colour elsewhere.

It wasn't possible for me to change this to portrait format, so in my modification I chose a square format. I cropped the right side, placing the lighthouse to the right of the frame, then added canvas to the bottom. You will see how this gives more of an impression of height.

It's unusual for me, but I placed your horizon in the centre of the frame. I lifted the shadows, slightly increased the saturation, and adjusted levels, then used the Burn Tool on the sky and the Dodge Tool on the lighthouse, dealing with them separately.

Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
26 Nov 2013 9:22PM
I've uploaded a mod. in which I'd applied (the world's worst) layer mask to brighten the lighthouse without altering the sky but for some reason, the uploaded version is much, much brighter than the one I have here, so sadly, it's not much help to you.
These mods. do occasionally arrive here looking completely different to the way they look on my machine and I've never known why.
Anyway, with regard to the central composition, I take no notice of the RoT (or any of the so-called rules of composition), so to me, it looks fine. I did wonder though, if a square crop might be an idea.
Sorry about the mod. but for what it's worth, it is possible to enhance the shot without altering the sky.
Hope this helps.


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