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Ulm Building

By matkaspa
A picture in the Ulm's Streets. This is the Maritim hotel.

Tags: Street Blue Architecture Ulm Night and low light X100F

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dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
29 Jul 2018 2:30PM
Welcome back to the Critique Galelry, Mat.

You haven't said whether you are pleased with the shot that you've posted, or asked for help with any particular area.

You obviously shot in quite low light, judging by the ISO, shutter speed and aperture, and using Manual mode, the result is rather dark - was that intentional?

The X100F has a fixed lens, I think: this limits your options in terms of framing, of course, though you can - to some extent - move backwards or forwards to compensate. And hte quality is high enough to allow cropping if necessary.

My mod brightens, alters the white balance, and crops, because the leaves at the edges are more of an intrusion than a frame. You'd need more, to form a proper frame, or less, as in the mod.

The more you can say about what you were aiming for, the more we can help you...

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
29 Jul 2018 4:34PM
Im with dudler, - need to know what you intended..

Shooting in Manual mode, - does the 100F allow exposure compensation? If so, is it limited to a max ISO when youre using Auto ISO, - or did you choose the ISO directly, making the exposure comp ineffective?

With an effective 35mm focal length, a shutter speed of 1/500 is much faster than necessary, and a slower shutter also reduces the need for very high ISO.


pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2188 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2018 4:48PM
I, too, am wondering why you chose to photograph this hotel so dark.
Did you take any other pictures of it, and did you try different angles and different aspects of the building?

I have been looking on the internet at other pictures of the Maritim Hotel and can see several interesting possibilities.
Architectural photography is a difficult genre because you're trying to show the viewer just why you chose to take a picture of it. So you need to look closely at exactly what attracted you in the first instance and then attempt to show that to others. You don't always need to show the whole building. Close details can be far more attractive.

I have done two modifications. In the first, I cropped close, only showing sky at the top. I brightened the image and used Perspective Correction to get the verticals straight. Not necessary, but just a suggestion. Then I tried to show you what a simple image filling the frame with the windows would look like.
These windows will be very reflective, creating an all-over pattern, with little areas of recess, open windows or lights on inside, to break up the abstractness.
Shooting such a close-up at an angle gives it more impact, but a straight-on image (if with something like reflections) can be just as good. HERE is a link to what I am trying to suggest, with sunset clouds mirrored in the glass.

I don't know if you will get another chance to take pictures of this hotel, but hope you do. Some dramatic clouds would prove to be a good addition, as would a sunrise or sunset.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 734 England
30 Jul 2018 9:26PM
I agree it would be nice to know what you intended and if you're happy or not with the result.
While I likje the density of the moody evening sky there is a large are where it's hard to see detail, and this is the type of shot that needs it, or at least more than in your original. Fourtunately it is there to be retrieved as the mods show.
You do need to work on post processing of these type of shots.
Another approach is to take a series of shots as the ambient light drops, and at some point the exposure will yield a deep sky and more detail in the building. The result is a mor pleasing balance stright from the camera, or at least an image that needs less post processing.

31 Jul 2018 8:48PM
Hello tout le monde!
Thanks for your comment and for your modifications. I will be more specific on my next post.
For this shot, I was happy with the color of the night. But that was really complicate for me to found the good frame.
Thanks a lot!

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