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Letter Box

By ginz04    
Taken on visit to Lake District.

Simple picture striking red letter box stands out from the old wall.

Tags: Lake district Red Travel Letterbox Landscape and travel


EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
26 Jun 2015 7:20PM
Always a popular subject and the red certainly shows well against the stone wall background.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
26 Jun 2015 8:25PM
A classic 'little detail' shot that some people pass by as an image.

The sidelighting has brought out the texture, so the image is different to if you'd taken it in soft light - note I said different not better. Harsh light would have been less effective for this type of subject.

Dificult to vastly improve as it's a very good shot already. However, I would crop slightly on the left hand side to remove the post and piece of twig in the corner to make the most of the dry stone wall background and keep the composition bold.
There is a little bit of red paint on one of the stones towards the bottom of the image, While the purists may want to leave it there, for simplicity and cleanliness of image I'de clone it out.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2015 9:20PM
This is record photography. Good lighting and sharp. Full on composition. A pure record. Nothing wrong with that. I think I might get in even closer with a bit more letterbox and less wall.

Shots like this are library material. One of my better sellers is a red fire extinguisher.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2239 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2015 9:35PM
Lovely old post box, Ian, nicely set against the stone wall.

Though very slight, the letter box isn't completely straight, and even tapers down a bit, so I used perspective correction in my modification.

I felt that it would add a touch more interest and be more pleasing to the eye if the letter box were offset in the frame, so I also did that, and cropped it as well.

I brightened the image because I feel it has more punch, adjusted Levels for a bit of extra contrast, and cloned out a few highlights (which may well be bird droppingsTongue).

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
27 Jun 2015 9:56AM
It's interesting that this is bringing out some differing views: possibly because it's a really interesting shot, and there are different ways to see it. Diversity is good, though!

The first thing one sees is the brilliant red against the lovely grey. Raking sunlight (five minutes earlier or later and the shot would not be so lovely, I feel) makes the very most of it.

Then, the perfectly-sharp lettering on the front of the box, which certainly adds to the appeal.

Finally, the slight wonkiness becomes apparent, and that drip of paint. The wonkiness isn't in the taking - the box and its post are not aligned, so what is 'correct' either needs a spirit level taking to the box, or is a matter of opinion.

I've done a slight correction to get the box square: I think you shot from slightly high, so as Pamela says, it tapers a fraction. I used skew to straighten the left side, and a similar crop to Pamela's to get the box dead central.

I kept the drip of paint on the stone: it says something about quirkiness and domesticity, it seems to me. That this is a place where utter perfection takes second place to getting the important things right, and where time will, anyway, make all things right.

And I used levels to darken the mindtones a bit, rather than lightening. Your original tonal range is technically fine, and looks good: I prefer a darker, beefier midtone look, though all three versions are valid, and perfectly acceptable, I think. Merely a matter of personal taste.

And - a lovely shot. Who needs colour popping when there are scenes like this?
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 414
27 Jun 2015 11:42AM
I think the box tilts a tiny bit on the left, Therefore I'd straighten it.
I don't agree with the use of ISO 400 on a bright day on a subject showered by light. I'd go as low as the camera allows.
That in turn would affect the aperture used, the chosen f/8.0 closed the iris of the lens to compensate the sensitivity of the sensor to the light.
F/8.0 allows more depth of field on a shot where the foreground is the main theme of the picture.
As a result the rocky background appears more edgy than the metal letters Royal Mail, and ER on the box and being bright ''steals (much of) the show'' (distracts attention).
There are various framing possibilities of this subject; The pillar where the letterbox stands looks very modern compared to the box and the wall behind it. So a crop of it could look a viable option but at the same time it may be intriguing (if this was shot in an rural area) to use the widest end of the lens and show more of the background.


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