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South Carolina

By Anilgupta70
This photo was taken in South Carolina on a nice sunny day. I want some critique and comments on how it could be improved

Tags: Landscape and travel South carolina

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 May 2013 4:25PM
Hi Anil..
I like the composition, but the image is blurred...probably hand shake...

I've uploaded a mod with some cropping and general adjustments to exposure...adding clarity/vibrance in LR4 before re-sharpening...

If you want `proper' critique, why not upload it in to the `critique' gallery...they won't bite WinkGrinGrinGrin

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
2 May 2013 8:48PM
This is the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, with two diamond-shaped towers.
However, Anil, I didn't recognise it as a bridge at first sight because it is so blurred.
The bridge is static (not moving) and so camera-shake is the likely cause.
Hold your camera well - use both hands, keep the camera close to your body, keep your arms down by your sides and your elbows tucked in close to you. Press the shutter smoothly, holding the camera with a firm grip, but don't squeeze too tightly as this can actually cause the camera to move. Also try using your self-timer, so that you aren't causing the camera to move when pressing the shutter.
If you cannot hold your camera still, you should consider using a tripod, or find something that you can use to stabilise it. No matter how stable you can handhold your camera, thereís no getting away from it: using a tripod or monopod will give you the best chance to avoid camera shake and get sharper pictures.
If you don't have a tripod, try and use the quickest shutter speed you can. Obviously, the faster your shutter speed, the less impact camera shake will have, and the more youíll freeze any movement in your shots.
Sometimes blur can be caused simply by taking an image too quickly without checking it is in focus. Always visually check if your image is in focus before hitting the shutter and if itís not right try again or switch to manual focus mode.
Also connected with this is checking the Ďdiopterí on your camera, a little adjustment that you can make to how your viewfinder works Ė itís particularly useful for people with poor eye sight Ė itís usually a little wheel next to your viewfinder.
You have a good viewpoint here, and I think the part ship that we can see is the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, now a museum. Including a little more of the ship would keep a good balance in your frame, with the reedbed on the right.
Thanks pamela for the constructive critique. Actually this was taken with Canon IXUS from a moving car, hence the blur/shake but I think the composition is good

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