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Serene Severn 2

By CrustyPics  
I'm in the process of prepping this image for a club competition (beginners open section). I'm pretty happy with it, but I can't make my mind up regarding cropping. I could probably lose some of the sky at the top, but my real dilemma is the bottom: do I include, or exclude the rocky foreshore (including that small cluster of reeds)?? Do the rocks make it cluttered or do they add foreground interest/provide a frame?

Tags: Sunset Bridge Architecture Severn crossing Landscape and travel


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4042 Canada
30 Jan 2018 1:31PM
I tried a pano style crop in the mod. I think you have to play around with a number of crops to see what works. I like thw wide format as it suits the subject, and the foreground isnt adding a lot.

One thing you might want to consider is trying to correct some lens distortion that have the reflection on either end bent quite a bit. It might be more something to do with the reflection moving with the water over the long exposure.

I tried to do it in, the mod, the risk can be losing the left light; I had to do a little cloning to make sure I retained it.

Others will have crop suggestions


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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.7k 2093 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2018 1:40PM
It's attractive, atmospheric.

The 'drift' in the reflections jumped out at me, I suspect that it's due to use of wider angle, this is 32mm equivalent so there will be some degree of distortion as you move away from the centre of the frame.
Tonyd3 15 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2018 1:40PM
As someone who has been a club international lecturer and judge for 35 years i would lose some of the sky and crop it down to just above the reads/sticks on the right hand side bottom, also on the 5th and 7th column's of the bridge there are some highlights on the adjacent shadows in the water, that is something i would remove as it distracts in the reflection.

Had the exposure been a little linger you may well have lost those in the carmer waters?

Far right on the land fall remove the highlight on the edge again small part of the image but it is distracting to me.

hope this help and good luck with the comp.
dudler Plus
16 970 1533 England
30 Jan 2018 8:51PM
And - as somone who has rarely been a cloub member, and never entered a club competition, I'd add that whatever you do may not suit the judge you get on the day...

A reasonable approach is to do waht feel right to you, and not worry aobut the gongs.

Or you can go pothunting, and try to find out what the individual wants to see: as they say in football, go for the man, not the ball...

Very cynical, I know - but whatever any of us say may prove to be wrong when your image is judged.

And i note that you have soem lovely panoramic shots in yoru portfolio. Just saying.
31 Jan 2018 9:34AM
Very many thanks guys for all your very constructive critique, which all makes perfect sense. I have uploaded a mod that I think incorporates your suggestions, although I did have to lose the street lamp on the left once I corrected the distortion/lean using the 'Transform-Vertical' tool in LR.

If I was that desperate to do well in the competition perhaps I would be tempted to research the judge (others do) but what is more important to me is to enter images that I am happy with, and your valuable critique has helped that.

Many thanks again.

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