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reflections in new canal

By jimmin
reflections in new canal link which passes in front of 'The Three Graces' iconic buildings on liverpools waterfront

Tags: Architecture Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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KP 9 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 10:37AM
Super reflection

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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 12:53PM
Very nice shot never seen the water there that blue...
Great reflection..
A well taken shot...

dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 537 England
19 Mar 2009 12:58PM
The reflection looks a little tight in the frame in the bottom right corner, but I guess you were as wide as you could go with that lens. I do think you've composed it very well though, and it's a bold image.
This should work very well in mono.
The only other thing I 'd point out is that the light is very frontal, and so the image has a flatter look. Waiting for some side light would bring out the texture in the buildings, add depth and give them more character.
John_Frid 12 514 57 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 1:22PM
This is a bold image and the reflection is a well captured.

Overall, I agree with dark_lord. Overall the composition feels a little cramped - I would have liked just a little more room around the main subject (but maybe this was the widest you could go).

It also feels a little overexposed. I think this is because the sun is high in the sky and causing a high level of contrast. By capturing the image when the sun is lower in the sky you get a deeper richer feeling.
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 1:38PM
These are imposing buildings Jim and the reflections in the water make for a nice touch.

I agree with what has already been said about the lighting. The facade of the building looks very flat and uniform rather than bringing out the modelling with light and shade. Side lighting or with the sun lower in the sky would help. I have uploaded a mod which boosts the contrast but it does not make much difference as there is not much in the way of shadows to work with.


jimmin 10 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 4:49PM
Thank you for all your constructive comments agree with most points but sometimes you just have to take the shot at the time. Will try a mono to see if I can get more contrast. this canal is a new feature and has not officially opened for barges till the end of this week.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
19 Mar 2009 8:21PM
Hi Jim,

loaded a couple of mods for your review.

The colour balance is a little too yellow, - corrected in mod1, - but may not be what you want. Theres barrel distortion evident, - that is the pic tends to bulge outwards from the centre, - common with ultra wide lenses; theres not a lot of highlight detail, mostly due to the strong direct light, - but some is recoverable using the highlight tool in CS3. You may have exposed to ensure you could see the reflection well at the expense of the main building. Did you ever consider shooting the reflection in its own, - you can often produce great results?

You certainly do have to take the shot at the time, - but you can take more than one, and experiment with different exposures to make sure you get the best one possible!

Mod2 is a toned b&w version.


jimmin 10 6 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2009 1:00PM
please see mono modification taking up your suggestions thanks for comments.

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