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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 Plus
7 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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6 Mar 2010 8:45PM
Beautiful light and detail, a wonderful capture and nice composition,I really like this .
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
10 971 1858 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.
thanks Pamela
Super light you’ve captured here. Composition has been dealt with by others.
Nice one.

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