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South Luzon Expressway and Skyway

By jovysugay
This shot was taken by me while on board my flight from Manila to Bacolod using my Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm.

Tags: Manila Landscape and travel

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26 Jul 2018 4:34AM
A quick shot just in the air.....

Peter
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
26 Jul 2018 1:01PM
A good shot from an airplane.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2018 7:40PM
Hello, Raymund, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I notice that you joined four years ago, but this is your first upload here on EPZ.

This aerial view makes an interesting shot because we see so much from this height that we might not normally be able to see, except perhaps on Google.

You chose to use a wide aperture, maybe because of the time of day, maybe to freeze the movement of the traffic, or maybe to concentrate focus on the expressway.
However, the image is still underexposed. The areas surrounding the expressway are mostly out of focus, but I do like the graduated light and fading background, especially on the tall background buildings.

I can see that the traffic has lights on, so visibility was poor, but you had little choice over the timing of the image, being in flight.

I have done a modification, just as a suggestion for composition, something for you to consider. The expressway is in the centre of the frame, which seems to make sense because that is your subject, but images can have a lot more impact when the main subject is offset in the frame.
I did this by cropping, maintaining your aspect ratio, and this crop also removes the "tollgate" from the bottom, which is only partly inside the frame. It either needs to be fully shown or not at all, for a more satisfying edge.
I brightened the image, and adjusted contrast slightly.

Pamela.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 795 England
26 Jul 2018 8:46PM
Welcome from me too.

It's difficult to fine tune your viewpoint in cases like this so you've timed the shot well - did you have previous knowledge of the location and flight path? It cn help, if you regularly fly a particular route.
There is a softness at the edges caused by the aircraft window but nothing out of the ordinary for such shots.

It is a little dull and low in contrast, issues which the mods address. Shooting therough such windows, and through polluted air will result in lower contrast so a little post processing is often required.

Keith
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
27 Jul 2018 10:26AM
And welcome form me, as well.

A wide aperture blurs any marks on the aeroplane window (there are usually plenty) and a high shutter speed reduces camera shake (aircraft often vibrate quite a lot).

The marks on the window also degrade contrast - but it's easy to compensate for, as hte mods show.

You have timed this well, to get the road straight down the middle, giving a real sense of the traffic system. I am impressed that you have presented this with hte gantries over the road square and parallel to the bottom of the frame, making this seem a very considered and leisurely shot - even though a split second earlier or later would have made a differnet image.
jovysugay 7 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2018 5:59AM
Thank you Mr. Dudler for your encouragement and appreciation.
jovysugay 7 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2018 6:01AM

Quote:Welcome from me too.

It's difficult to fine tune your viewpoint in cases like this so you've timed the shot well - did you have previous knowledge of the location and flight path? It cn help, if you regularly fly a particular route.
There is a softness at the edges caused by the aircraft window but nothing out of the ordinary for such shots.

It is a little dull and low in contrast, issues which the mods address. Shooting therough such windows, and through polluted air will result in lower contrast so a little post processing is often required.

Keith



Thank you, seldom do I fly riding on an airplane usually I take a bus since its closer to the ground and if I spot someplace where it will be nice to shoot, I can easily get off and stay to make a capture.
Good thing the plane stewards allowed my camera to sit on my lap during the flight.
jovysugay 7 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2018 6:06AM

Quote:A quick shot just in the air.....

Peter



It was a good thing the plane stewards allowed me to have my camera on my lap during the flight. Smile
jovysugay 7 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2018 6:07AM

Quote:A good shot from an airplane.


Thank you
jovysugay 7 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2018 6:10AM

Quote:Hello, Raymund, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
I notice that you joined four years ago, but this is your first upload here on EPZ.

This aerial view makes an interesting shot because we see so much from this height that we might not normally be able to see, except perhaps on Google.

You chose to use a wide aperture, maybe because of the time of day, maybe to freeze the movement of the traffic, or maybe to concentrate focus on the expressway.
However, the image is still underexposed. The areas surrounding the expressway are mostly out of focus, but I do like the graduated light and fading background, especially on the tall background buildings.

I can see that the traffic has lights on, so visibility was poor, but you had little choice over the timing of the image, being in flight.

I have done a modification, just as a suggestion for composition, something for you to consider. The expressway is in the centre of the frame, which seems to make sense because that is your subject, but images can have a lot more impact when the main subject is offset in the frame.
I did this by cropping, maintaining your aspect ratio, and this crop also removes the "tollgate" from the bottom, which is only partly inside the frame. It either needs to be fully shown or not at all, for a more satisfying edge.
I brightened the image, and adjusted contrast slightly.

Pamela.



Thank you for giving me tips in improving the composition and doing a few tweeks with the photo to bring out the best. I appreciate your comments and yes it is my 1st post.

I seldom post but I always view photos posted on the site to learn from people like you.
My best regards.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
28 Jul 2018 3:07PM
Thank you, Raymund, for such meticulous and courrteous responses to the comments.

We all love to hear back from photographers, whether or not they've found our comments helpful. And it is great when htey have!

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