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The photo was taken sometime ago,.. dug it up yesterday, photoshopped it a bit. Mainly brightened up the shadow and the house on the left a bit. I'm not sure if I should brighten up the suport part of the wheel.. your thoughts please. Thanks.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:22 Oct 2011 - 2:19 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/3000sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Half of The big wheel
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:23 Feb 2013 - 3:07 PM
Tags:General, Sky, Wheel
Votes:Voting Disabled
Unique Views:55
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23 Feb 2013 - 3:21 PM

Hi Jas,

This is one of those very, very rare occasions when I'd advocate adjusting the verticals.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've pulled the top left hand corner only outwards. I pulled it quite along way, far enough, in fact, to almost remove the building on the left entirely. I removed the last of it by cloning.
I then opened the shadows/highlights tool and the result that you see here was achieved using just the default settings.
All done in CS6, although I'm sure you could get the same effect using other editors.
Hope this helps.


Hermanus  3 South Africa
23 Feb 2013 - 3:22 PM

What a unique image !! Very well taken Smile

banehawi Critique Team 111264 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3285 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 3:38 PM

I agree with Bren on this one Jasmine, and celebrate his conversion, if only for one image!

The thing that pops out right away for me is the building on the left. It doesnt need to be there, and doesnt add anything. Addressing verticals removes it, but if you close to leave vertical as they are, then I would clone it out.

The colour of that base is nice, so worth bringing out the shadows a little too.

+ EC for shots against the sky, minus only if you want a silhouette.

So, what exactly is it?



Last Modified By banehawi at 23 Feb 2013 - 3:40 PM

I also like the modification, and the original as well.

Last Modified By nonur at 23 Feb 2013 - 4:53 PM
xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 4:53 PM

Silhouette, actually.
Thank you Bren.
Thank you Herman.
Thank you Willie.
It was a difficult photo to take. Mainly it was the strong light contrast and the size of the wheel. I remembered that I quite liked the light...You may notice that S:3000 and "-1". It could be very dark result and it was, but it seemed that the sky light preserved. When I Photoshopped it yesterday, I wasn't sure how much shadow that I should bring out. If I brightened up too much, I would lose the light contrast;if not enough, the shadow would be too dark without detail.
About vertical: As I said that it was an image for wide angle lens, but I don't have one. When the vertical is corrected, it is easily to drag it out of the frame. I did think of getting rid of it...The reason that I decided to keep it is to balance the left side of the frame. The building has warm colour with a lamp to balance the dark blue on the right, to "fill up" a bit the empty sky. That was my thought when I did the photo. And I did try to get the line on the path vertical. Does my picture make any sense at all? Smile
Thank you all again.

Last Modified By xwang at 23 Feb 2013 - 4:58 PM
xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 4:55 PM

Ah.. Thank you Nezih. I didn't see your comment coming in while I was typing.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 5:14 PM

I think that the problem is the building at the end of the couple is not vertical...I gave it a MOD. See this.. is it more comfortable ?

paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 8:34 PM

Yes, clone out the part building o. The left and I would brighten the bottom heavy shadow a little. Otherwise an interesting pictorial record.



I agree witn Bren. I will remove the building on the left entirely. Apart from this point is a well taken picture Jasmine


I like Bren's modification very much, brings out the potential of your shot.

23 Feb 2013 - 10:41 PM

Hi again Jas,

As Willie has asked above and I'm now intrigued; just what exactly is it . . . ?


xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2013 - 10:59 PM

Thank you all!Smile
Hi Bren,
The photo was taken in Basel. They were building a big wheel, perhaps like the London eye, for fun, I guess, if it is not there anymore. There was always something going on there, everytime I went. I remembered that I took some modern art stuff photos the time before, I forgot the photos, a few months later, the 'stuff' was not there any more... it was near the Cathedral. Thanks again.

23 Feb 2013 - 11:09 PM

Aha! I see.

Thank you Jas.


I hope it's not too late to offer an opinion, I would agree with the brightening of the support you are thinking, done kindly by Jester. I think there are some companies which move them around from city to city, setting them up, having them there for about 6 months and moving to new cities after that. I had been inclined to get in one, and take pictures of the city from above, but lighting conditions and work/life time schedule clashed and I was not sure if the glass of the cubicles would be that clear enough to allow taking good pictures. I just shot it from below, with my Seagull TLR. Photo is on display in the black and white group.

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