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Rocky Goodness!

By hannshepp
Came across the art of rock balancing overlooking the Tagus River Bridge, Lisbon. Critique and suggestions welcome.

Tags: Lisbon Lisboa Landscape and travel Rock balancing Stone balancing tagus river



dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
3 Sep 2017 5:54AM
Hi, Hannah, and welcome both to Ephotozine, and especially to the Critique Gallery.

Here, you can't get votes or awards, but you will get a number of people looking carefully at your picture and suggesting alterntives and options. If that's not what you want, make sure you don't have a tick in the 'Critique' box on the upload page.

This is a competent picture, more than competent in fact. You have the main subject offset to the side, with two echoing subsiduary subjects (the dark rock and the bridge) on the other side of the frame. Exposure is excellent, and you have either been lucky with something bright behind you to reflect light back onto the shadowed side of the balanced rocks, or you have arranged supplementary lighting - not flash, though, as the EXIF data shows that camera's flash was switched off.

Focus is sound, and you chose an aperture that allows slight softness in the background without losing detail. Many people would have used a smaller aperture, but at 18mm it doesn't seem to have been necessary.

Auto white balance can be a risk, but has worked well here - bright afternoon sun is often quite cold in tone.

My only suggestion is a tiny anticlockwise rotation - half a degree. The horizon seems fractionally out of true, and even a tiny amount sows with this kind of wideangle view. Click the blue 'Modifications' button on the left below yoru picture, then click '1' to see my rotated and cropped version.

Nice work - I look forward to seeing yrou next post here soon.
ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
3 Sep 2017 7:25AM
A good picture as a start here.
Also look forward to seeing more of your work.
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2281 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2017 4:59PM
Hello, Hannah, and welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.
You arrived here because you checked the "Critique Wanted" option when you uploaded your picture. I assume that was your intention.
In the main gallery, reached by NOT checking that option, you can receive votes and even awards, but not necessarily constructive critique.

Remember that the more information you give us regarding your photographic aims and intentions, the better.
It also helps us if you respond to critique and indicate which ideas you found helpful. That means we can tailor advice according to your needs and abilities. We like this to be an interactive area of the site.

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble and the result is very good. That's definitely a leaning man on the right. Maybe it's meant to depict a family outing to the sea. The orange coloured stones serve to lift the whole thing nicely. The image is engaging and entertaining.
The light is bright, but is fortunately behind the stones, which could otherwise have easily been a bit too bright. There are also some strong shadows being formed.
John's question about the light you used, if any, is an interesting one.

I see this differently to John. That means that our suggestions are simply that - different - not better or worse.
For me, your subject is the rock art, and the very large rock they are standing on, and although you used a creative approach to your composition, I don't think we need any background distractions.
So, in my modification (reached by clicking on the "modifications" button beneath your picture), I cropped the right side and added canvas to the left side, placing your stone artwork in the middle of the frame. You will find that we often advise people to offset their subjects in the frame, for more impact, but I haven't done that here.

If you particularly like the background features, I'd just suggest that you have a bit more canvas on the left so that the far left stone stack isn't so near to the frame edge.

Nikon442 5 21 1
4 Sep 2017 8:05PM
An interesting image to announce your arrival to the gallery. Sharp and clear, which hasn't always been the case with that 1000D you have to put up with. Maybe Dad will treat you to a decent bit of glass? Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2017 12:05PM
A warm, if slightly belated welcome from me too! This is right up my street, the sort of quirky find that needs the photographer's eye to really appreciate its value.

I like the idea of including the background for context, but something important - the light was not ideal for this view. The sun is to the right in the sky ahead of you, so the side of the sculptures that we see is largely in shadow. Background can add a lot, but the 'sculptures' are the real subject and they should I think be the priority.

I would like to try moving round anti-clockwise, to have side lighting on the pebbles. With the sun relatively low in the sky as here, that would really show up the textures. It would also move the 'sculptures' closer together in the frame, cut down the gaps between them, give them a greater sense of unity.

You would lose the bridge in the background but still have a sense of the breadth of the Tagus.
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
5 Sep 2017 8:06PM
And a late welcome from me too.

Nothing to add to what's been said, just to reiterate it's a good shot and look forward to more uploads.

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