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Plymouth Harbour Front

By Tommo70
Taken at Dusk as the seafront lights were coming on. The last light from the setting sun just fading through the clouds with a still sea. Like the warm glow of the yellow foreground lighting against the grey/black of the sky and water.

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
1 Dec 2012 12:14AM
Brilliant low light capture, has impact……Wink Jocelia

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
1 Dec 2012 12:29AM
I like your picture especially the way you have allowed the shoreline to direct the viewer around the scene, however the picture for me is all in soft focus. I suspect this is due to the small f number (f3.1). Most bridge cameras try and do a balancing act between ISO, aperture and shutter and poor depth of field can be a result of this especially in low light. In these situations its best to try and pick where you would like your focus, for example the platform area in the foreground to the right put this centre in your viewfinder and 1/2 press the shutter to lock the focus then while holding the shutter button half pressed turn and reframe your shot to what you want and fully press the shutter.
This method will give you the area you want in focus with the picture you want to take.

Overall this is a nice picture and with practice you should be able to resolve small issues like the soft focus. In the future you may want to move up to a DSLR and then it all changes again because they allow you to manually select settings.

Hope this is helpful.

Eric Grin
arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
1 Dec 2012 6:57AM
Good sugestion from Erick. I hope you are using tripod, 1/52 can caused blur. I am using s2950 and you can get sharpness starting from f7 on scene like this, i believe s4230 not much different.

So, in the future. I suggest you to zoom a little to get at least f5 to giving you sharpness.
Usually in the low light as this. I use shutter speed mode and choose faster shuttter speed where i think, i can handle without tripod (usually minimum 1/80) and zoom a little.

I wonder if you doing denoise on post processing, because iso 800 giving you a lot of noise on my camera and added sharpness is a must. And i see The horizon is not straight, you can straight it in your image editor.

Hope this help.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3837 Canada
1 Dec 2012 5:37PM
Its a nice scene, and good perspective Martin, and also a good idea.

Its seem a little tilted, and can do with a rotation as Ive done in the mod, - I could be wrong, but it looks better to me.

Theres is some softness in the shot, and its mostly due to the likelihood you didnt sharpen the re sized shot before you uploaded it.

Theres significant digital noise at ISO 800, - you can minimize this with software if you wish, - I did a little in the mod.

A compact camera, with a focal length of 4.3 mm has enormous depth of field at f/3.1. For example, in this shot, your acceptabe depth of field starts at 3.75 feet in front of the lens, and goes to infinity. Eric is entirely correct about the point of focus, however softness is due to the resizing process, and one other issue. That issue is the area under the lens, where those steps are. This area is at the edge of the lens, and will certainly be nowhere near as sharp as the centre. I would suggest cropping to remove some of this area.

In the mod Ive cropped, sharpened, straightened, reduced noise a little, and provided a little warmth in the shy. I like how you have that person walking under the roadway, its a nice addition.

Heres a useful link for all:

I would like to mention too Martin that having received numerous comments and suggests in you uploads, you have not responded to any of them. Its starting to feel like you dont read any feedback.

To make it easy, if you like a comment, just click the EPZ Like button top right hand side, - its a nice acknowledgement for the poster that youve read the feedback; if you find something constructive that you feel will improve your photography, theres a link lower right called "Nominate as Constructive Critique" which you can also click to submit the particular critique for approval.


paulbroad 10 123 1230 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2012 9:05PM
A well composed image, but the strongest visual areas, bottom right, are very unsharp. Even at ISO 800 you are only getting 1/52sec and I suspect camera movement. Such images need a tripod and bridge cameras are not at there best with such shots on auto.


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