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Inner yard

By maxrangel
Inner yard of 19th century buildings at Oporto, Portugal.

Tags: Architecture

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 12:08PM
Hi Maximiano, welcome to the Critique Gallery - I think this is your first upload here. It's a good place to share and to learn, you have been on the site for a few years so I hope you know what we are about!

I like the way you have seen this. It's ambiguous, it makes the brain work - it could so easily be looking along rather than looking up. The angle of the plant bottom left anchors the composition to the ground while still allowing the walls to soar, and the strong vertical line on the right adds to the ambiguity. Plus the composition is almost symmetrical but with sufficient breaks and variety to give interest.

Good move to use flash, to bring some light into the interior. I would like to try to reduce brightness there a bit, and darken highlights in the distance. This is a classic example of a subject where Raw scores over jpeg, because a Raw file would retain all the available data and enable a bit more detail to be recovered from the highlights. But this has worked pretty well.

One thing it does need is a slight rotation clockwise - in a formal architectural composition like this the verticals and horizontals need to be absolutely precise.

I'm home on a flying visit at the moment, I shall try a Modification when I get back later.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 3:53PM
I've uploaded a Modification, to view it click on the Modifications button below your upload, then on the thumbnail.

Only minor tweaks: I rotated by 0.64 clockwise, darkened highlights and reduced brightness.

Remember that it helps in the CG if you tell us your feelings about the image - what you were trying to capture and convey, what problems you see in it.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
10 Jun 2014 10:43PM
Welcome from me, too.

As Moira says, this is a shot that makes you look and work things out...

The flashlit plant and the red beam on the right are brilliant touches, quite literally, and ground the whole thing for me.

I like Moira's mod, and endorse what she says about getting the angles precise. While making the viewer think is good, it's not good to make them wonder if it's quite right.

A great way to arrive in the Critique Gallery!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2014 3:29PM
I've had quite a few views of this, and have spent a long time trying to figure out if I'm looking up or looking down. I think I'm looking up, but am still not too sure.
That's what holds the viewer's attention, so that's a very good feature of the image.

It's a shame that the end square is so bright, but it can be toned down a little in editing. At a time of day when the light is less intense, it would look better, but there may not have been sufficient light on the inside. However, you could still use flash, as you have done here.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4231 Canada
11 Jun 2014 8:07PM
An interesting view upwards through the apartments.

I have uploaded a mod also.



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