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View from the River Mersey

By PhilAJ    
A panoramic of Liverpool from the other side of the Mersey - built up from 5 separate images and stitched in Lightroom.

Tags: Liverpool Panorama Liver building Ship Mersey Landscape and travel Seacombe

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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1810 England
9 Aug 2019 3:40PM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery, Phil.

This is an ambitious shot, with multiple images combined.

There's always a risk when you are doing something unusual that takes a lot of attention that you neglect the everyday, the basics. And I think that's happened here, with verticals that are just al ittle out of true, except on the left hand side of the picture.

Aesthetically, the light's not really on your side - no low evening sunlight to give form and colour, and you're fighting the fact that there's a lot of Mersey and sky surrounding hte band of interest that the buildings provide. (I note with sorrow that the same sort of rather awful cruise ship that is the curse of places like Venice is dwarfing Liverpol's skyline, too.)

I think my suggestion would be to repeat the exercise when the light is really making htings sing, and probably with a longer zoom setting, so that the picture is more about the buildings. With luck, assuming you want to showcase the City, not comment on the tourists, the liner will be elsewhere...

I'm going to try a mod to crop in a bit, totating and putting the horizon away from the centreline...
PhilAJ 13 110 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 3:48PM
Thank you so much for your comments Dudler, all of which I accept and will definitely try again with some better back lighting - and hopefully no cruise ship !
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1810 England
9 Aug 2019 3:52PM
Thank yo ufor such a rapid response!

Doing the mod, I noticed a couple more things.

The border's missing at the tiop.

And - possible cause of the slope, the fact that the camera was, I think, pointed slightly upwards, so that there were converging verticals. Lining up the verticals on one side of the picture (I think you did that on the left, where there's a tall building near the edge) then throws things out.

Also, as you shot in quite soft ligth, I suspect that you increased contrast in processing, losing some highlight detail, and giving dark shadows. While the whole thing still looked soft, the contrast was losing detail. I pulled down highlights and boosted shadows in Adobe Camera Raw.

I also warmed the light a fraction.

Does that work?
PhilAJ 13 110 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2019 4:10PM
Yes agree - much better. I'm still learning and this was a first attempt at a pano - but will certainly take on board your comments - thanks very much for your time ...learnt a lot from that


ps -Your profile images are fabulous
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 1:20PM
John really covers it all. Better conditions will make the city look more inviting - dull grey light reflects on the city, making a visit seem less attractive.


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