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River Side

By arhab
I blur the river and part of building, focus in middle the building. Still confuse about the composition on building or landscape photography. suggestion and critique welcome.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Lynamick 16 2 31 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2012 10:03AM
What I am about to say is only a general guide to taking landscapes. Rules in photography can be broken and sometimes that will lead to a good image other times it does not work. Landscapes are best taken with a good strong tripod as you will need long exposures. Use a small aperture around f16 or f22 this will give you a good depth of field. Sky should start about 1 third from the top. The ground should consist of three parts and ideally each will contain something of interest. They are Fore ground, Middle ground and Far ground.
With landscapes you need to study the light and the colours that are displayed in all three grounds, This will take practice and patience. After going though all that look at the way the ground is and try and find something that will lead the viewers eye to the centrue of your image. I would suggest a stream, road, line of pylons, railway line, valley or a line of bushes. Finally before you press the shutter look round the edge of your screen to make sure that there is nothing that will draw the viewers eye out to the edge of your finished image.
I hope that this helps.
Enjoy your photography.

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paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2012 12:21PM
I'm afraid this is not the way to go. It looks very artificial and difficult to view. You need sharpness and a gentle move to blurred parts, but scaled with the image based on a plane of sharp focus across the image. Not sure what you have done here, but would advise against it.

Rely on the camera and natural depth of field.

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
12 Mar 2012 7:03PM
In general, I agree with Paul, but I actually rather like the effect on the fronts of the buildings. The problem for me then is that there are too many other distracting elements - the sky in particular, being white. I think you may have taken this on a compact camera, which makes it harder to use natural depth of field, but if you have a some telephoto to play with, it might be worth giving it a try - go as wide as you can and as long as you can. I would keep exploring this technique, though, but perhaps look for different subjects. Some people won't like it, and others will. If you listen to them and still like it, and know why you like it, then the most important person is happy!
arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
12 Mar 2012 8:59PM
MIchael, Paul, Sue. Thank you for the suggestion. I'll try to catch the subject better. The last two image I upload here, I guess clearly not good and loose the point. still much to lern. Smile
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13 1.8k 3880 Canada
12 Mar 2012 11:20PM
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