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By keithsutton
taken yesterday whilst i was ouit in my coach, cornwalls first link with england, built by isambard kingdom brunel, my first thought when i loaded it into my laptop, was that it looks like its leaning to the right, but when i run a vertical guide up the archwy portal, it seems to be correct. WHAT could i do to improve this shot?

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18 Sep 2011 11:50AM
18 Sep 2011 11:52AM
nikshot 13 9 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2011 12:18PM
Put up a quick mod, but it's all in the eye of the beholder.
I like your original shot quirks and all.

Regards Nick
John_Frid 16 514 57 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2011 12:28PM
I think it is a little off straight. Mod uploaded to show difference.
18 Sep 2011 1:13PM
thats better, was just a slight lean then, although something that old, built in a river bed deserves a slight lean lol, i like the slight crop too, thanks guys
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
18 Sep 2011 1:55PM
Its very close, but a little off. I was quite convinced it was vertical at first. Its easier to see off vertical is theres a reliable horizontal in the shot, and draw a straight horizontal instead. Ive done this in the mod on the right, and placed an arrow near where you can see the comparison to a building in the background. So the bridge is straight, the shot is a little off!
Apart from that, theres some visible noise in the background, but this may be a crop of a larger image. I would suggest toning down the bright highlights at the top/roof of the bridge to bring in a little detail. I used the highlight tool in CS4 for this.

First time Ive seen this famous name on a bridge.


18 Sep 2011 2:02PM
the visible noise was added, as i felt the shot was a bit too cluttered, maybe i over did it a bit, will upload the original later for you to see
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
18 Sep 2011 2:17PM
Ok, - good to know, I was thinking the Sony should be better at 400! maybe add some additional blur carefully to the background. I think though that the bridge is so much a part of the actual residential/industrial scene that it could also be best just to leave it as shot, - theres enough blur there already?

CathR 15 151 564 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2011 2:27PM
On the straightness thing I would use the inscription as a guide. Even if the bridge is straight, if the writing is skew wiff then your eyes will tell your brain its leaning over a little.

Best wishes

18 Sep 2011 3:28PM
thanx both cath and willie
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2011 8:56AM
A bit too tight in the frame for me, and I believe in fill the frame. definate slight lean and you really should not add noise to reduce detail. it looks like you have a very second rate camera, which you do not. You should use a Gaussian blur to reduce background detail.

19 Sep 2011 2:31PM
Taken on board, Thanx Paul
NEWMANP 14 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2011 9:34PM
interesting view of a terrific subject.

compositionally not too bad at all possibly if you could walk or hover to the left to give a little more side it may be better but the compression is quite good but slightly tight on the crop, can always crop after but its hard to put in after.

the levels are off, try a longer horizontal line and scroll to the top of your screen and its clear to see, less so visible on the portal vertical.

not so sure about the coloured noise that you put in (didnt think you liked changing things,) but given the opportunity to experiment, how about convering to mono to lose the tones in the grain and then popping back the colour in the bridge, or alternatively, try adding a texture to the lot and experimenting with the blending modes and opacities. Another way would be add some guassian blur to a duplicate layer and erasing thro to reveal the unaltered bridge on the lower layer.

21 Sep 2011 10:08PM
phil, changing things as in adding things that are not there, i.e blue skies, when they are grey
Lynamick 20 2 31 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 9:54AM
I believe that you have been given some very sound advice by the others. Personally I would blur the background more, do this after you have straightened the image then you can clone in to fill the gaps before cropping. In the other comments I got the impression that you were not keen on adding to your photos. That must always be your decision, I believe that there is nothing wrong with adding things as long as they come from photos that I have taken. We all have to make our own rules. It is your photographers eye that decides to press the shutter, it is the same eye that decides to alter a photo. I have added a mod I hope it helps.

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