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revilo 7 6 1 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2015 12:10AM
I really like your image, but I would sort out the verticals.Smile
ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
15 Jan 2015 12:37AM
Yes its tilting to the right, easily rectified...I like the image, you processing makes it look like a painting
RavenTepes 12 226 United States
15 Jan 2015 3:57AM
I like it. I do agree that it does have the tilt that Colleen mentioned, but all in all, it's brilliant!

What are you using for processing?
Mike43 11 356 21 England
15 Jan 2015 7:52AM
Lovely colorful photo I like the effect a lot, apart from the lean the only neg point would be the lack of space for the boats to move into. Then again maybe I am just being picky.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2015 9:31AM
The image is very effective but you must correct that tilt. It spoils the effect. You have obviously done a lot of work that you are not explaining. his is anything but a straight shot.

I normally struggle with too much modification away from reality, but this does look good.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
15 Jan 2015 10:14AM
Welcome both to Ephotozine, and to the Critique Gallery.

This is the place where you don't get votes, but you can be pretty sure of receiving constructive comments on your pictures, both from members of the Critique Team, and from the many other keen photographers who wander through the galleries.

So, to the picture. It helps, if you have any particular queries or issues, if you say exactly what they are. It's also good if there's full EXIF data (as you have here: thank you). Finally, because people look at the pictures here for inspiration about technique as well as subject matter, it's good if you can give some details of processing. And there was certainly a lot of it here!

And it works - the painterly, colourful-but-washed-out look really suits Venice.

The tilt is the result of looking downwards - verticals on the left are fine, but those on the right are diverging - it's the opposite to the effect of leaning backwards to look up at a tall building.

I've corrected this with a modification (click the 'Modifications' tab on the left below your picture, and then click on the thumbnail to see it) - I used the Skew tool in Elements to stretch out the bottom right corner of your picture, then cropped it (sadly, losing your frame).

Otherwise... As Mike says, a fraction more space t the bottom, so that the frame edge isn't cutting into the two boats would be good. And the settings slightly concern me: as nothing in the scene is terribly close to the camera, I'd have gone for a wider aperture - say f/8 - and had a higher shutter speed to be sure of avoiding camera shake. Some of the highlights in the clouds on the right and the water in the centre are blown, suggesting that the shot is a fraction overexposed.

However, overall it's a lovely and busy image of an iconic city. A good way to arrive in the Critique Gallery!
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2015 1:59PM
A warm welcome from me too. The essential point has been covered above - the need for slight rotation.

Check and see if your camera has a grid that you can call up when composing an image, to help you get it level. If not, you obviously have editing software and I'd be pretty sure that you'll find a grid in it - you can superimpose it over an image and check out carefully what adjustment may be needed. I would suggest that it you make it part of your regular workflow for any image involving buildings, vertical lines of any kind, water, reflections, because a tilt is so distracting to the viewer.

The area to base your check here would be those two poles in the water and the building immediately above them. Verticals near the centre of the frame, as these are, need to be true, everything else will flow from them.

I love the dappled light on the buildings on the left, that gives a dynamic feel that suits the bustle of activity on the water. Timing was crucial here, in a way that you may not have anticipated when you were setting the shot up. You just caught that boat bottom right before it exited the frame, a couple of seconds later would have been much less successful. A couple of seconds earlier would have been better.

As mentioned above, there was no need for F16. You don't mention whether you used a tripod - I suspect not. A larger aperture (lower F number) would have allowed a faster shutter speed and still have given ample depth of field.

I do like the processing, it says strong sunlight. I'm missing that at the moment... I would like to lighten shadows on the left a bit, darken highlights in the sky a bit, to even out the two sides.

The colour is glorious, it does occur to me that b&w could be interesting too. I shall go and give it a whirl.

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