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Reflection in darkness.

By Manas
Reflection in pool at night.

How this image could have been captured better ?

Tags: Stairs Pattern Black and white Reflection in water Night and low light

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dudler Plus
16 987 1538 England
23 Aug 2019 11:31PM
That's a broad question.

I have a couple ofr you. First, did you want a large area of pure black? If not, could you have recomposed to bring the structure and reflection closer together in the frame?

Did you want more detail in the surrounding area?

The uppera area on its own makes a nice picture...

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2019 8:11AM
Everything is very unsharp. Did you hand hold?

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2019 9:37AM
I like what you saw here, it combines intimacy and mystery.

My problem really is with the format and framing. The subject looks cramped in such a narrow frame, whereas I want to see more of the darkness that surrounds it. Negative space, to balance the positive subject. And the frame itself is too eye-catching, it overwhelms the image.

I've uploaded a modification, I added more canvas space and a more discreet frame. I lightened on shadows very slightly which does give a little more detail. But the main intention of the modification is to show how placement and format can affect the mood of the image. I think the broader frame gives a more relaxed, expansive feel.

See what you think.
Manas 8 India
24 Aug 2019 2:04PM
Thanks to all the critiques for their kind suggestions.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 1:52PM
Hello, Manas.

I think it's a pity that you did not respond to John or Paul and answer their questions.
"Thanks to all the critiques for their kind suggestions" does not help a critiquer to understand your intentions and therefore help you better achieve them.

We really appreciate interaction between commenters and the poster of the picture because it helps us to focus on the areas of photography that you are seeking to improve.
This way, you can help us to help you.

Also, what is your opinion of Moira's modification? Do you understand how that "placement and format can affect the mood of the image"?

Manas 8 India
26 Aug 2019 1:17PM
Hello Pamela & attention Dudler, Paul & Moira,

Thanks for pushing me. Actually I am too novice & understand very little about the technicalities. However, your all the suggestions, advice do really help me to improve my photography.

My camera was on tripod but it was little windy. I assume higher f-stop could have made the image sharper.
In fact I liked the pattern in darkness & it`s reflection on the pool water.

The modification by Moira is much better than mine.

I have uploaded one similar shot in modification with little more detail. Your comment please.

Once again thanks to all of you.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2019 1:51PM
Thank you so much for that response, Manas, and for the version you have put under modifications.

I like that version because it tells us where we are, filling in the detail which was just blackness before.
I also like the inclusion of the two chairs, which effectively give an important element inbetween the windows and their reflection, filling in the blank area.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4052 Canada
26 Aug 2019 2:00PM
Your own mod looks much better Manas.
Manas 8 India
26 Aug 2019 2:27PM
Thank you Pamela & Banehawi.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2019 2:31PM
I like your own mod, particularly as it has those two very inviting chairs by the pool. I would still like to see more breadth, and a less attention-seeking frame.
dudler Plus
16 987 1538 England
26 Aug 2019 3:22PM
Thank you for the response, and for the second version of the picture, which I like much better. The suggestion of detail makes a big difference, I think. It hints at there being interesting things, even if we can't see them clearly - much better than a blank black area.

If it's windy, try weighting the tripod with a bag, or even a bag of stones hanging from it. Make sure, though, that the bag just touches the ground, so that it doesn't start to swing in the wind.

The other thing to do in low light is to raise the ISO. Modern cameras perform well at high ISO settings, and even rather older models do better with high ISO, faster shutter speed, and moderate aperture.

Focus in poor light is often tricky. Live view and manual focus can be good.
Manas 8 India
26 Aug 2019 4:52PM
Thanks to Dudler & Moira once again.

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