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Tracks to Pensher

By PaulSwinney    
A view from a disused railway line across to Penshaw Monument in Sunderland.

The rtracks are used as lead in lines to the monument in the distance.

Tags: Railway Stormy Monument Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 7:38PM
The idea is fine, but your mid foreground looks a touch over exposed. Looks like you darkened the sky and the near foreground but not the rest. Half a stop or even a stop less exposure would help, then a bit of dodging.

A high ISO, for texture I presume. Might go for a tripod and lower ISO.


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Bonvilston 7 61 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 9:15PM
The dark blue sky gives it impact, but makes it feel very unnatural. I think it could have worked with a black gradient instead. the overall image is still stunning. Peter
Dinky65 5 1 United States
1 Jan 2013 10:27PM
Nice picture.Smile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
2 Jan 2013 7:51PM
I like it. A 1/2 stop under makes a difference though, as in the mod.


2 Jan 2013 8:58PM
Thanks for your comments!

I tried taking the blue out but visually it wasn't was interesting. I agree that this makes it less realistic but I do think it makes a better photograph.
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
3 Jan 2013 7:45AM
Hi Paul, firstly I agree with everybody that this is a really nice shot and just some tweaks here and there and as you so rightly say its what you like.

Did you consider a black and white? I have uploaded a mod which is converted to B+W and then has the contrast adjusted to define some whites and blacks. As you will notice I have also cropped the shot as I thought the sky a little heavy and overpowering in B+W. Would like to know what you think, any good or ruined a great shot?

Eric Grin
3 Jan 2013 9:23PM
Thanks Eric. I think I had a go at black and white (the high contrast was achieved using a black and white layer set to hard light) but perhaps it was the sky issue that put me off. I like the conversion but for me the monument is to high up the image now. Perhaps pulling back on the contrast sky would allow the B&W shot to work better and help bring a bit more balance.
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
3 Jan 2013 10:05PM
I think you are right, I used the mod more as a demonstration best results are always achieved going back to the original and reprocessing. Still a great shot and we are really talking about a different version rather than things that should be done.

Eric Smile

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