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trying to get the reflections and light on the river

Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jul 2013 - 9:56 AM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Username:eric2005 eric2005
Uploaded:17 Aug 2013 - 12:43 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom965 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 5:32 PM

A nice pictorial image. Just a little over saturated, I think. Would just reduce a bit.


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pamelajean Critique Team 9942 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1764 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2013 - 8:22 PM

A picturesque scene, Eric, nicely framed by the foliage, and with the river and wall emanating from the bottom right corner, leading the eye through the image and up to the people standing on the bridge, then on to the castle.
The ducks and birds are a very good element, adding life to the scene. You have nice detail throughout.
The light and shadows are strong, but you have handled them well. The reflections aren't strong, but you captured them and the light on the water ok.

I think the image is over saturated, as Paul says.

Although the sky has good cloud formations, it's very busy and distracts the eye from the rest of the image, but there wasn't much you could do about that.
The tree trunk top left is another distraction, but can easily be cropped out.

In my modification I cropped the top and left, maintaining your aspect ratio. This effectively removed the tree trunk and some of the dark cloud at the top. The crop places the castle quite central in the frame, which I am usually loathe to do, but since there is also a bridge and a house in that area, I think these help to balance the effect.

I ran the burn tool over the castle as it appears a bit light in tone. I also used it on the left path where the birds are.
I reduced the saturation overall, but this still left the deep blue clouds looking bright and a little unnatural, so I used the dodge tool to lighten them and particularly lightened the cloud around the castle top because I felt it gave a domed appearance to it.


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