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New York Empire State Building.

By Nigwel
Taken on a trip to New York a few years ago.

Nothing special about it.

Tags: Architecture

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dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 318 England
24 Mar 2014 8:30PM
You've taken this at a time of day when the ambient and artiuficail light are similar in level which produces attractive images.

The camera has been tilted up sligthly to get the tall buildings in and this has resulted in the verticals not being completely vertical. When the verticals are slightly out as here they ned correcting in software as they do not appear as we 'know' they should. I know you don't like post processing, but this is one of those cases where it does improve the look of an image, elevating it from a mere snapshot.

There is slight camera movement due to the slow shutter speed used. In situations like this, try and brace yourself against a wall or piece of street furniture for added stability.

While the image is a record of a citiscape, there is no real centre of interest apart from the obscured building in the distance, so it would have been good to include a figure in the bottom right corner.

Keith

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paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 7:20PM
You have a decent rdcord. Why put 'nothing special'? You are degrading your own effirts. There is slight movement due to the sliw shutter speed. Ideally, for such shots, a tripod, but you probably didn't have one in these circumstances.

There is a slight lean and I would correct it. Slight leans look obvious, major leans and distortion can be very effdctive and interesting.

Paul
alistairfarrugia 3 164 88 Malta
26 Mar 2014 7:09AM
Modification Uploaded, for your consideration. I do agree with Paul here - don't be harsh on your work, rather try to find potential in it and see what you can do to bring out something better out of shots that you at first deem not good enough. You can be surprised at times! Wink

I feel this can work in black/white too, becoming more about the shapes and contrasts. I possibly overdid the burning/dodging here but it helps to create even more contrast in the final result. I've also adjusted the tilt and cropped off a bit to position the left-most building in such a way to have its outer edge fall exactly on the first vertical in the rule of thirds. The white space on the right then falls on the second vertical, almost equally splitting the image in three different segments, with each segment having elements of interest in it. Hope you like!

Alistair
Nigwel 2 7
29 Mar 2014 12:24AM

Quote:Modification Uploaded, for your consideration. I do agree with Paul here - don't be harsh on your work, rather try to find potential in it and see what you can do to bring out something better out of shots that you at first deem not good enough. You can be surprised at times! Wink

I feel this can work in black/white too, becoming more about the shapes and contrasts. I possibly overdid the burning/dodging here but it helps to create even more contrast in the final result. I've also adjusted the tilt and cropped off a bit to position the left-most building in such a way to have its outer edge fall exactly on the first vertical in the rule of thirds. The white space on the right then falls on the second vertical, almost equally splitting the image in three different segments, with each segment having elements of interest in it. Hope you like!

Alistair



Thanks Alistair.
Would it be possible to keep the original colours for the Empire State Building and have the black and white effect in a modification that you could upload for me?
I do like the black and white version.
Thanks

Nige.

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