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Sunset in lagoon

By Montariolo
I take this picture with the aim of emphasise the silhouette of the city and it's surrounding .

Tags: Venice Italy Landscape and travel Chioggia

GB Sports Photographer & The Panasonic LUMIX S1


dudler Plus
16 945 1520 England
26 Sep 2018 10:36AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Paolo. Here, there are no votes or awards, but you will get feedback on your pictures.

You don't say much about yourself, which makes it hard to pitch comments well - I see that you used Manual exposure and spot metering for both this and your only previous post. Both are excellent if used expertly, but we see a lot of pictures that have failed because someone has said that the experts use them, so novices copy...

I suspect you may be an expert - certainly, the exposure is good, with just a hint of detail where the light reflects from the posts.

Compositionally, I like the way that the foreground posts lead my eye into the picture.

I wonder whether holding the camera high and using the tilting rear screen might have allowed you to set the tops of two of the posts against the water, instead of the shadowy background across the water? I think that is how I'd want to shoot it...

f/20 is an odd aperture to use - you don't need to go quite that small for depth of field, and it will reduce the quality that the lens can deliver because of the diffraction effect. And 1/50 is quite a slow speed at that focal length...

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2018 1:43PM
A warm welcome from me too. I like this - it has atmosphere, it has a gorgeous sky and reflections, plus those brooding silhouettes in the foreground.

For me it's a wee bit underexposed, I want the dark mystery but also more of a glow in the sky. When you upload to the Critique Gallery you enable modifications by members, and I've uploaded one. I lightened overall, and also used the dodge tool very gently with a huge brush, very low exposure, over the water and over the skyline buildings.

I also removed the two bright white dots, they are a bit of a distraction. They are probably less prominent in the full file, reducing file size for the internet can exaggerate such details.

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Just suggestions, I hope we shall see more from you.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
26 Sep 2018 3:56PM
Yes, does need some more exposure, especially below the sky.

You used the shade white balance for warmth, but its a little too warm for me.

I would crop out that post on the left, adjust exposure, reduce yellow, and sharpen as in the mod.


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2018 7:00PM
I'd like to welcome you, too, Paolo.

The only thing I'd like to add concerns the waterline.
In my modification, I corrected a very slight tilt.
I also placed that line in the centre of the frame. I often suggest using the Rule Of Thirds when placing this line, but here we have just as much interest in the sky as there is in the water, so half-and-half suits it.

I like the way you have the net structure falling into the bottom right corner. That works well to lead the eye. But I agree with Willie about removing the tall post on the left. Not only is it leaning, but it's catching my eye, so I don't think you need more than that three-legged structure at the left frame edge.
I've also brightened the image and lifted shadows for a bit more detail.

A delightful sunset, well worth capturing.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
26 Sep 2018 9:18PM
Welcome from me too.

You've made good use of those posts as silhouettes. The slight crop and brightening finishes the picture off well.

i can't add much more to what's been said above, except that I notice this was taken at the long end of your lens's focal length range and I just wonder what you could have captured using a wider setting, or even shotsome in portrait format. With such a good subject it's always worht trying variations, as long as the light lasts.


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