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Ponte Vasco da Gama

By crazylion
Ponte Vasco da Gama(Bridge Vasco da Gama)Lisbon.In this image,I used a Big Stopper and a ND grad 0,9 hard LEE filters.

Tags: Nikon River Water Bridge Black and white Portugal Lisbon Tagus Lee Filters Landscape

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
16 May 2021 12:32PM
Hello again Rui, welcome back to the Critique Gallery!

Thanks for telling us how you achieved this, that's a big help. Now - what effect were you aiming, at I wonder? The interest for me is the mystery of the curve leading to the horizon - and then disappearing out of the frame. Wide angle has the effect of pushing the distant view that much further away from us, very often it works against landscape composition, here it adds a lot for me. The smoothness of the water is effective, but of secondary importance.

My first thought on opening this was - if only the sun wasn't in the middle of the sky... Even with a partial cloud covering it complicates exposure and more to the point, it's an unsatisfactory distraction. Did you deliberately choose to photograph the view like this? I want to simply crop the upper part of the sky off. And I also want to crop slightly on the left - my real criticism regarding composition would be the stray bits of cable there. Better to start cleanly with the rising diagonals. Plus my eye wants to rotate very slightly anti-clockwise, though that may be an optical illusion. OK, modification to follow shortly...

Assuming that this was shot in colour, it would help to see the original as a modification. And can you tell us how you converted to b&w please?
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
16 May 2021 12:53PM
Back again, modifications uploaded. A small rotation, plus a bit of skewing top left. I've uploaded two different crops, and I have an idea for a third. Different ways of seeing...

I filled in a patch of the sun that was left at the top of the frame, and also made a Levels adjustment, moving the outer sliders in a bit to increase tonal range. If you look at the histogram for this you will see that it is very much concentrated on the middle range of tones, which is one reason why I am interested in your method for b&w conversion.
ZenTony Plus
5 8 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2021 8:42PM
Hi Rui
I have taken Moira's first mod and further cropped to the shadow of the bridge on the left and then cropped a little on the right.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
17 May 2021 11:35AM
Depending on quite what your aim was, I am not sure this has done what you hoped for... The sky looks annoyingly unsharp, rather than having the silky look that a longer exposure would give, and the sun is thoroughly blown out.

Also, for this sort of architectural bridge shot, you need perfect geometry, as in Moira's mod.

Though on a second glance, there's a feel of an apocalyptic scifi film: a hole in the sky that will eat the world, perhaps...

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