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The Houses of Parliament

By Mini_Webb
Photo was taken on a day out to London.
Shutter: 1/400 11.00
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 18mm

I edited in Photoshop (my first time) turning it B&W using Hue and Saturation Layers, then added a copy of the background layer and reduced opacity....

As I said this is my first go so critque or comments are welcome!

Tags: Landscape London Architecture Landscape and travel

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User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
13 Aug 2010 11:01PM
This is really stunning! I love what you have done to mute the colors. Goes into my favorites.

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
13 Aug 2010 11:18PM
Please see my mod.
I've cropped this to remove the white river tours boat as much as anything else and straightened it just a whisker. It's not so much that the original's crooked, more that the verticals are converging slightly.
That editing technique you've used is one that I learned of on here and I think it's excellent. It works a treat on portraits (faces) as well.
I've got some shots taken just a few weeks ago of this which I took from just about where you must have been standing and some more from the river.
You've given me an idea!

Mini_Webb 7 5
14 Aug 2010 9:50AM
Thanks for your comments... I see what you mean re: converging verticals, I hadn't noticed before, it's difficult to be objective looking at your own pictures. As a beginner I also don't really know what to look for so all comments it help.

I like your mod Bren, it def looks better with the river boat removed, a much better composition. I guess I was just concentrating on the dramatic sky rather than thinking the river might look too busy...

Duly noted!
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2010 11:20AM
Please ignore the green mod. It didn't load properly.

I cropped a little off the bottom and replaced the boat so it sits better in the composition and not at the very edge of the frame.

I tried to lift the colours as they look a little muddy in the photo and slightly lightened and increased the contrast of the buildings.

I think this is an OK shot and would look better large. The sky is interesting.

The time of day and weather conditions make a great deal of difference to a landscape's appeal and this is a case, imo, where the sun is too high and not creating interesting enough shadows and highlights.

If you can, try early morning, evening and even shots after sundown to produce photos that have more impact. Urban shots look great with the lights reflecting off the water, but take them whilst there is still some light in the sky as this will stop the sky looking black.

paulbroad 10 123 1241 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2010 12:10PM
A nice image and well treated. I'm with Frank on this one - there is a minor convergence of verticals, and this does need correction.

Philo 8 99 83 England
15 Aug 2010 12:46PM
A really well composed image but I am a little unsure about the processing as I feel it leaves it a little flat. I also think that the shot should have been taken a few seconds earlier so that the boat was just exiting the arch or later so that it was out of the frame. I had a go at a mod but I couldn't do any better than Paintman. In your original Big Ben is bang on a third so I think cropping the RHS spoils the composition. To improve this yourself I would look at cloning out the boat which is relatively easy to do.
All in all a good shot that just needs a couple of minor tweaks.
ketch 10 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
16 Aug 2010 11:57AM
Wow this is stunning it really is. For sure it has some minor technical glitches but I would guess from looking at this that you were not looking for something technically perfect rather you wanted to convey that magic sky and the overarching broodiness of the scene - it's the feel the image conveys that is important?

I like the fairly haphazard placing of the riverboat (although Alan's very clever reposition (with the clone brush?) is perfect). The flatness of the shot too is noticable but then you do get days just like that - the fact that this wasn't but that you have made it so is not an issue for me.

The distracting river ferry is a bit more of a problem I think - and this could have been selectively muted, the emerging aircraft too is perhaps a little distracting and could be cloned - but where do you stop.

No for me this is an excellent shot and to be honest I can't see too much wrong - sometimes it is the very flaws in an image that make that image perfect - and this might just be an excellent example of this.


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