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By Ray12  
This image was taken Titterstone, clee hill, Shropshire.
There is some very interesting graffiti on the old concrete buildings.

Tags: Graffiti Architecture Shropshire Old building Clee hill

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
15 Jun 2020 11:07PM
That is an interesting piece of graffiti alright.

It looks underexposed here, - even though you added +1 exposure comp. I believe the reason why its still under is that the metering mode, set to Spot, made the image darker in the first place, so an average metering setting, along with +1 would likely work better.

So as far as a mod is concerned, thats the major suggestion I have implemented; I also used a warmer daylight white balance, and some sharpening.


mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 8:12AM
Exposure the issue here - follow Willie's advice!

It's good to see the artwork in context but for that I would like to see the top of the structure in full, and to make it a part of larger composition.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
16 Jun 2020 10:13AM
Underexposed. However, if you'd used spot metering with the framing as is the tones are dark so I'd have expected a lighter result.

This side is i shade so if you spot metered off a midtone that wasn't in shade and recomposed that may account for the exposure being dark.

Multi segment, or whatever the Sony terminology is, would have given a better result. Spot metering is best left for really tricky ;ighting situations and then needs to be used carefully.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 412 England
16 Jun 2020 10:24AM
Willies mod is a great improvement to this image, I can see why you took it, a very clever piece of graffiti.
I too would have liked to have seen the very top of the structure just to complete the image.
Yep, spot metering has let you down here, which is a shame.
dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
16 Jun 2020 11:16AM
A couple of thoughts...

First, the framing - the missing part of the concrete at the top rather upsets the completeness of the composition...

I wonder if you wanted the dramatic perspective that your wide zoom setting gave? An alternative would be to step back and use the long end, for a view of the structure embedded in the landscape, and less distorted. A pair of shots - one rather like this, showing the context, and a shot of the graffiti isolated would tell a fuller story.

Finally, I think we've all commented on your use of spot metering before: and on exposure issues. My memory says that you're happy with what spot metering does: this image suggests that there may not be evidence for that.

An interesting spot, and worth revisiting, I'd say.

I suggest two checks, before moving on after an image: first, commonsense, and the light conditions: f/11 and 1/350 @ 200 ISO in cloudy conditions is wrong: it would be more like 1/200 @ f/8 (and f/5.6 if it was cloudy and dull. It's always worth having the 'Sunny f/16' idea in your mind. And the histogram view on the rear screen would show the curve pushed well over to the left.

Ray12 Plus
7 154 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 3:28PM
Hi All.
Yes i am coming out of spot metering, but if my memory is correct i used spot metering a few shots before taking this one Blush, there could well be some more with spot meteringSad.
Not sure what happened with the top of the building, (lack of concentration)Sad
I will try better on the next one see how that one goes.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2020 4:29PM
Lots of good advice above,.

A bit of graffiti that's well worth recording, especially having it on the side of a ruin like this.

The cut-off has been mentioned, so I have done a modification where I simply cropped so that it looks deliberate.


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