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Just straitened it and auto enhanced.
This was an oppertunist shot. I am limited by the lens I had on at the time.
Appresiate any suggestions.
Thanks in advance. Wink

Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 130.5 - 559.4 mm) Tamron Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Jun 2012 - 2:41 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.233573
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Boat House Newmillerdam
Username:markjnorris markjnorris
Uploaded:12 Jun 2012 - 9:58 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel
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13 Jun 2012 - 3:35 AM

Hi Mark,

Nice shot and given that you say it was a grab shot there isn't much more you could have done. Newmiller Dam, now there is a place I haven't been in a lot of years. Your comment does have me wondering what compromise you had by using the lens as a 70 - 300mm would cover a fairly large range and as you used it at the 300mm end I don't see you getting much closer when there is water in the way. Maybe it was way too far away and you've had to crop your original quite a lot?

For me the shot is a little flat and needs some contrast to give it a little punch and I'm not a fan of the close crop at the bottom. Also the horizon line (waters level) isn't straight either. The main problem being that the building being a boat house already looks sunken and having the water cropped so tightly emphasises this even more. I also wonder if you've tried to include a little bit too much in the shot on the right and whether it might work better as a portrait or maybe going really wide might be a better shot? I think what would have made it for me was a person in red sitting on the bench.

Anyway, I have done a small mod where I've cropped the right side off and a little off the top, cloned out the tree trunk and added some colour to the building. Last of all I sharpened the shot.

Hope this helps


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Focus_Man  5481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 11:54 AM

Good comments above, I can only add a mod to show the position that I would have left the water in, it does seem to be chopped a little short.

I cannot understand the logic of ISO 2500 it is way too high for good finish unless you want a grainy finish to it and the exposure compensaation is set at a pointless level, I feel sure you will agree that a figure to 6 decimal places is over the top. In actual fact no compensation is required here anyway.


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