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Late Afternoon at St Andrews Cathedral

By annmackiemiller
taken in late afternoon sun, please tell me what is right and what is wrong with this photograph.

Tags: Landscape Architecture Ruins Cathedral Landscape and travel

Voters: saeidNL, mrfields, porty2003 and 2 more

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GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
6 Mar 2010 7:50PM
The time of day and warmth of sunshine is good. And its sharp. And exposed correctly. But ....

The composition is weak; the tower is too close to the right edge and even if it werent, there's nothing substantial to balance its scale/weight/ The trees to the left edge are not interesting and distract.

I would have waited longer until the sky looked better cos its ok, just not exciting.

And the gravestones are scattered and disorganized. A closer viewpoint with just a few stones as a foreground would work better and get low down so you can exclude the clutter.

Look at the best images anywhere and they nearly always have simplicity as their core strength; simple, strong composition, dramatic lighting, unusual viewpoint, singular focus of subject etc.

Youve got the basic technical stuff right but its the unwritten stuff that needs work on.

I hope that helps.

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Mar 2010 8:45PM
Beautiful light and detail, a wonderful capture and nice composition,I really like this .
7 Mar 2010 2:25PM
thanks graham - I did wonder about asking them to move the gravestones for me but ...

I put the ruin over a bit so I could include the light on the wall gravestones but that may have been a mistake.

good useful information here thanks again.

thanks to you too saeid
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2010 4:42PM
I like the golden light you have captured, Ann. Personally, I would have concentrated on the gravestones by the wall with a separate image because they are getting lost here, all attention is taken by the cathedral which in itself makes a great image, but I would like to have seen a bit of an angle on it. As the image stands, I would crop the left up to the wall and clone out the large white grave at the bottom of the frame.
9 Mar 2010 10:06PM
thanks Pamela
30 Mar 2010 6:08PM
Super light you’ve captured here. Composition has been dealt with by others.
Nice one.

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