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By capturingthelight
Take locally near Kaka Point New Zealand.

Tags: Reflection in water Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2345 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 12:45PM
Hello Simon, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You've been on the site for a long time but I think this is the first time you have ticked the critique button. I hope it was intentional, and that you will find it useful.

We do need to know more though. Here are the instructions on the Critique Gallery home page:

Quote:To Uploaders: To assist critiquers, we ask that you to tell us about your image: what you intended, any processing you've done, if you had a specific idea about how the image was supposed to look, what areas you feel need improvement, and to provide us with your EXIF data. We recommend that you refer to the guidelines for Posting Photos in the Critique Gallery.

In particular the bit about if you had a specific idea about how the image was supposed to look is important here. Tell us about what you intended, whether you think you succeeded.

In the absence of further info, I do like the cold palette with hints of warmth. I am interested in the +2 stop exposure compensation. Plus one stop would be a natural choice here with all that light bouncing off the water. Plus two is more extreme, perhaps intending a high key look; to my eye the image is overexposed, there's loss of detail in blown highlights and there is also loss of a sense of depth and substance, but that may be intentional. I have prepared a modification, reducing exposure by one stop but with some gentle dodging on highlights. The result for me is less 2-dimensional without losing its mystery, but may not be to your taste. We need to know. (I guess you will know that modifications appear under the blue Modifications button below your upload).

One other point - the reflections indicate that this needs rotating a wee bit clockwise to straighten, but that would mess up the horizontal line of the river bank. I like the formality of that line so I have left the reflections slightly slanted, but it looks as though you were not actually parallel to the shore, and adjusted to level it.

So over to you, more information please, before the landscape specialists turn up!
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4201 Canada
6 Jul 2020 1:17PM
I wondered if this would suit a mono conversion. Its so stark it may work. Ive uploaded a mod, and rotated to get the reflections perpendicular to the trees.


dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 736 England
6 Jul 2020 3:57PM
Welcome from me too.

A nicely captured scene. You were ight to use positive exposure compensation but the result is on the light side albeit still an appealing image. Unless that is how you wanted it, so do let us know what your intention was.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 4:34PM
Hello, Simon, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

It has been over a year since you uploaded to EPZ and I am wondering if you intentionally submitted this image for critique because, looking at your portfolio, you are a competent photographer. If you DO want critique, there must be a reason, so it would be good to know what that reason is.

I feel this is over-exposed and that the image benefits from having exposure reduced, as Moira has done in her modification.

I like the way you have contained the group of shrubs inside your frame, and the reflections are good, too. Willie's black and white modification brings out the shapes of those branches very nicely.

Please comment here with answers to the questions that have been asked, in order for us to be able to concentrate on the areas that are concerning you, if any.


dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1777 England
6 Jul 2020 9:02PM
And welcome from me, too, Simon.

This seems out of step with the rest of your portfolio... The exposure seems a good way off, unless you were aiming to produce a high key effect?

If that was your aim, you might have done better to expose a bit less, and increase exposure in processing, while protecting the highlights. As it is, I suspect that you've lost all tone in the sky, for instance.

But without knowing your intentions, it's hard to be sure whether you wanted gentle high key, or high contrast.

A final thought - I'm not sure there isn't a little bit too much sharpening going on - there's a slightly wiry, edgy look to the shot.

chase Plus
15 2.0k 516 England
7 Jul 2020 2:53PM
Hi Simon and welcome.
This looks like a good place to take photographs with those pretty reflections in the still water.
Was your intention to go high key with this ? if so it's not quite there and falls a little short.
I do like the mono conversions in the modifications.

We could do with knowing where you intentions were with this image.

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