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By elgreco111  
One of many Temples at Bali, backlight foto converted to b/w

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Black and white

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2009 8:34AM
a very well seen composition, but not sure the final image works and there is little you can do about it. The sky and foreground are all a bit grey, and a more dramatic sky would have made a great difference.


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29 Aug 2009 10:06AM
beautiful picture. but it is a result of tight cropping or crop factor of the camera that some part of the temples are out of the frame. mono version of this image works well. but over all the image is very much dark because you have exposed for the sky. in such a situation when there is a bright sky at the back ground you can try HDR technique. you can capture the same image by several exposure and merge them at the time of post processing. it can give you a beautiful result. if it is not possible to capture four temples at a time you can capture three in a better way and giving some space to every side. the vertical level of this image is also not right and in such cases you can make correction of camera distortion at the time of post processing.

Hope it helps,
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2009 9:15PM
Hello, Robert. I think a vertical format might have been preferable here because the structures seem to be cut off at the bottom, and it wouldn't matter if you didn't get all four in the frame because it's the architecture that is the interesting element. The brightness of the sky has caused your camera to throw them into quite a lot of shadow and although the contrast between sky and temple is quite dramatic, the detail on the temple has been lost. The structures are not straight, and are touching both sides of the frame, which isn't ideal. In my modification, I rotated the image to the right and cropped the left, leaving the tallest of the three towers in the frame, then added some canvas to the right to give some space to the one on that side. I lifted the shadows and reduced the highlights in an effort to get back some balance and detail, then used the dodge tool, added a touch of contrast and sharpened just the temple towers. My second mod has a blue hue applied.

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