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Taken on a river cruise. Converted to B&W in photoshop to try and add atmosphere. I have done a couple of versions but like this one. Comments welcome

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Tamron 75 - 300 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Sep 2011 - 1:49 PM
Focal Length:161mm
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Tranquil River Midi
Username:Rowland Rowland
Uploaded:20 Sep 2013 - 3:08 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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pamelajean Critique Team 9930 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1755 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2013 - 7:06 PM

It's the row of trees and arch of the bridge that make this image for me, and of course the reflections. What is also interesting is that the view is not only framed by the bridge, but also by the overhanging trees.
I would have been interested to see the original colour version.
You obviously intended the bridge to be out of focus, drawing attention to the scene beneath it.

Your frame is a bit heavy for the image, Rowland, and the black in the frame is blacker than anything within the picture (except for the top background bits), so it tends to draw the eye outside the frame. Black and white images do need good blacks and whites, as well as greys.

You have positioned your bridge central in the frame, which can make it feel static and dull, whereas an off-centre subject is more pleasing and dynamic.

The bits of foliage showing over the top of the bridge are drawing my eye just like your frame, and I don't think you need to show them at all. Anything that distracts from your subject, which is the view though the arch, needs to be considered for cropping away.

I'd like to have seen a bit more water at the bottom of the image, and perhaps a bit of the reflection of the bridge within it. So, by simply lowering your camera, you could have left off the top of the bridge and included a bit more water at the bottom.

In my modification I removed the frame, cropped the top and left, then added more water to the bottom. I adjusted the highlights and shadows, then did a Levels adjustment to add a stronger contrast.


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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom954 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2013 - 7:48 AM

A pleasant image. There are areas through the arch close to over exposed that might benefit from the burning in tool. Not sure mono adds anything. I think the various shades of green would add rather than mono.


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