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Tuna in Chester Cathedral

By rjmac
Tuna in Chester Cathedral, Taken on Panasonic GX80, with 60-12mm lens. The cathedral hosts various exhibitions, this one highlighting plastic pollution. I would welcome any constructive feed back to improve my photography.

Tags: Still life Art Fish


banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
6 Sep 2019 10:07PM
Its a nice competent shot with good detail.

On my screen I can see some areas on the left that could be filled in completely with black, which Ive done in the mod, - depending on your monitor it may well appear as solid black to you.

You selected fine weather white balance, - an interesting choice. What type of light was illuminating the Tuna? The colour balance look ok to me.

The mod had that black fill in, slight sharpening, highlights toned down a little and a slightly warmer tone.

Well done



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rjmac 1 2 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2019 10:59PM
Thank you for your comments, to answer your question. The photo was taken in the cloisters of the cathedral, with natural light coming from a large window illuminating what is the back of the exhibit, with wall lights behind on the other side of the walkway. I was able to position myself close to the window and exhibit and took the shot at an angle to capture the whole fish.
chase Plus
14 1.2k 259 England
7 Sep 2019 8:38AM
I think this is a great piece of art, who ever did it was very clever and I like the message it conveys.
Willie has covered the problem with the lighter areas to the left and the unavoidable highlights given the amount of foil the fish is constructed from.
Well done for getting yourself in a position to image the whole thing.
I like this so I did a mod, just for fun.
Added some water on a separate layer set to lighten, dropped in a few bubbles and a couple of mates for him. Like I said though, just for fun.
dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
7 Sep 2019 9:11AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Ray. Is there any particular aspect of the picture that you're pleased with - or unsure about?

It's intriguing... The bright sunshine has all but suppressed the much darker background, and left only some dim red lights on the wall behind the sculpture.

The exposure's pretty close to perfect, and I'm intrigued that you haven't used any compensation - the subject is so contrasty that I'd be expecting exposure problems of some sort. Did you take a closer reading and lock exposure?

I think I might have wanted to move and recompose so that the fish was to the left of the frame, and the lights provided a sort of balance on the opposite side, rather than having the fish in the middle, and dead space to the left.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2019 2:08PM
What a fabulous subject - I wouldn't have been able to resist having a go.

Welcome to the Critique Gallery, I hope you'll find it useful here. Partly it's about seeing one's own work through other eyes and you're getting a good sample of that here. (I love Janet's creation...)

The additional information is useful. It was a difficult subject, a shiny object catching light against background shadows. I'd be interested to know what processing you have done - I suspect that you have done a certain amount of work retrieving detail in the fish.

I really enjoyed working on it and I have uploaded two diametrically opposed interpretations.

For the first I increased exposure by 1.5 stops, lightened shadows, darkened highlights and reduced contrast (Camera Raw filter in Photoshop). That gives the architectural context. The image is tilted so I rotated, skewed; and then I cloned out the Exit sign and cropped. Factual, narrative, for the record.

For the other two mods I got rid of all background detail and played around with placement in negative space. Swimming into the frame, swimming out, maybe to somewhere more interesting. See what you think.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2088 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2019 5:28PM
You've been on the site for over a year, Ray, but this is your first venture into the Critique Gallery.
Welcome! I hope you will find it useful.

I found it interesting to see your background revealed in Moira's modification, but I do like the way you have isolated the exhibit. Janet's new background gives the fish a completely different environment, which may be just for fun, but shows what you can do when you black out your original background. The extra detail on the fish's body which Willie has revealed gives it a lot more impact and shows the detail of the artist's work.

Considering all of those modifications, I think I'd have liked more than just a hint of the background showing, giving some context, rather than having the poor fish swimming in nowhereland. But you were cleverly using the available light, and without using flash, that would have been difficult.


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