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The Weir at Saltaire . River Aire

By jerseygirl65
Whilst critiquing my shot of a portion of the building on the right with it's reflection, some people wanted to see a full view of the weir. Taken on the same day, purposefully left as taken - it is November after all and a much shaded area on the right. I was using an old Canon PowerShot A590, so not much riggle room for settings.

Tags: Water Weir River aire Landscape and travel Saltaire

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dudler Plus
16 979 1536 England
16 Nov 2019 1:15PM
While this makes far less of the reflection and the building, it's a much more satisfactory and resolved composition: and it gives a very strong sense of the place to someone who doesn't know it.

There are triangles, the tree frames the scene, and while the main features aren't on the thirds, they are satisfyingly off-centre.

My mod tweaks contrast and Levels a bit, and I corrected the diverging verticals (which result from shooting looking downwards)..

I've also spotted your 'Reverse reflections' post - that's the shot I hope I'd have made...

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2019 1:54PM
I agree with John, this is a more satisfying view as it gives the breadth of the scene, and the rush of the weir as well as the reflections in calm water.

Two technical points - the tilted vertical in the building on the right happens because you were using your widest angle, which will distort verticals at the edge of the frame, and also looking down which brings perspective into play. Check your editing software for the means to address this - I used Skew, in Elements, and pulled the bottom right corner out a wee bit.

Secondly, it's quite a difficult scene so far as light is concerned as you have those dark branches as well as bright light bouncing off the water. The bright light will trick the camera into underexposing. My instinct would be a small plus exposure compensation, say +1/3 stop (I checked the spec for your camera, it has this function).

Regarding composition, I'd like to make more of the foreground handrail, it has strong angles. And while the branches at the top frame the view nicely, I wonder if it would be possible to find a view that also included their reflections in the water at the bottom of the frame? These are all compositional elements, an image is made up of lines in the frame, you need to fit them in to best advantage.

I've uploaded a quick modification, as well as the correction to verticals on the right, I cropped to bring the start of the handrail into the bottom left corner, that 'tethers' it. Then I lightened shadows, darkened highlights, by just a few % each; added a bit of brightness, and did some very gentle dodging (highlights) and burning (shadows) on the building and its reflection.

I have good memories of this place, we had a beautiful day there with a much-loved site member, barbarahirst, who died some years ago.

Thanks for the pm, by the way, I have replied. But ideally it's best to put your response to suggestions here in the Comments section.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
16 Nov 2019 2:38PM
It is quite a nice shot, with a sense of place.

Sure, the camera isnt the finest at the edges of the lens, and has a load of barrel distortion, but post processing can still help a lot

I corrected barrel distortion, sharpened, tweaked white balance, lowered exposure where the weir is falling and cropped to a 16 X 9 format.

I think is looks quite ok.



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