Back Modifications (4)
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By noco1
First upload. Comments greatly appreciated.... I am truly a beginner... as you can probably tell !!!!

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goodone 12 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 7:36PM
This is a great composition. If you can make it brighter, it will look excellent. I am a beginner too, trying hard Smile. Good luck to you!
kalseru Plus
14 3 9 England
30 Nov 2008 8:00PM
Welcome to EPZ Norma. Great reflections but IMHO I think you needed to change your viewpoint slightly as the tree branches are obscuring your main subject the bridge. Perhaps moving away down the riverbank and then zooming back in may have given you a better angle. The branches also seem to be a little out of focus so a smaller aperture might have worked better giving you a greater depth of field.
Anjantoo 13 7 1 England
30 Nov 2008 9:38PM
A really good image, not sure if it was planned but like the added reflection of some sort of wheel or something on the other side of the bridge. Interesting!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 11:44PM
Hello, Norma, and a warm welcome to EPZ. For a beginner, this is a beautiful spot to choose to take a photograph, bridge reflections are so attractive, and you also managed to include other interesting elements like ducks, a swan, overhanging foliage and some sort of ornamental wheel, which echoes the arc of the bridge so nicely. I like the colours, reflections, view through the arch, wake of the duck and the contrast between textures of stone and water. I'm not sure if you waited for the birds to come into the image, but the central duck is well placed as a focal point. The swan, however, lacks detail and the two right-hand ducks are too near the edge of the frame. As to composition, I'd have preferred you to stand back a bit further and get some more canvas on the right and bottom, more room for the ducks and more water below the end of the reflection, also resulting in the bridge being less central. The image is quite soft and I would suggest a smaller aperture next time, to get everything better into focus. Your exposure is good and there's a good balance of light and shade, but there is a blue cast, and the colours can be brought out further.
In my modification, I used the perspective tool to straighten the bridge side verticals. Then I added canvas to the bottom and right side, cloning in those areas and the back of the duck. I lightened the picture, made the shadows deeper, upped the highlights and saturation (improves colours), adjusted the focus, and removed the blue cast, which effectively also toned down the whites on the duck and swan. I adjusted the levels to deepen the bridge shadow, then added a little contrast. There has been sharpening applied to my second modification.
You have a good eye for an image, keep it up.

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