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Sunset At Neath Abbeyh

By DanBev
This is the first pic I had published in my local paper 2 weeks ago would love to know your opinions on it

Tags: Sunset Canal Ruins Neath Landscape and travel Neath abbey ruins skewen


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2017 3:20PM
The lighting is well outside the recording range of your sensor, resulting in a very bright sky and heavy foreground. What purpose did the paper require the image for? I would doubt such a tonal range would produce terribly well with newspaper printing process where contrast can easily actually increase.

This is a need for more exposure on the building, but then the sky would be even more over exposed. Almost impossible to get the balance right with straight forward techniques and auto exposure.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1885 England
19 Mar 2017 11:16PM
Paul's right: this will illustrate weather, and a local beauty spot, and show work being done to a building, but won't win any competitions.

Compositionally, the horizon is straight across the middle -put it higher or lower, and it will be less static.

In terms of exposure, it's hard to see detail in the building (very possibly, if the paper didn't adjust hte image, it will all have seemed black). You can't have detail there and in the sky when the sky is so bright.

Finally, have a look at the ruined bit on the right. Can yo usee green on the outside edge, purple on the inside? That's chromatic aberration, which you may well be able to improve in editing, if your software supports lens aberration corrections.

Does any of that help? I hope so, as I still love sunsets myself. But makign them into a memorable picture takes really hard work, and so you need to develop a good technical understanding of what can get in the way of the very best picture...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2466 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2017 9:00AM
I'm a bit late here. Congratulations on the publication - I too would be interested to know how the picture was used. It could perhaps have illustrated an article on the decline of an important building?

As mentioned above, the light and darkness made demands that were way beyond the camera's capability. But there are other problems.

It is not just that the building is underexposed, it's a messy subject with all that scaffolding, and the stone really soaks up what light there is.

John has explained the purple fringing.

I've uploaded my own modification. I cropped tighter, but not as tightly as John because I quite like the balance of the tree on the left and the tower on the right. I lightened shadows, reduced midtone balance and used the dodge tool to try to find some highlights within the structure. Then I knocked back saturation on magentas and reds. That helps with the magenta fringing, not with the green on the left. B&W might work but would need a lot more work on contrast.


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