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Across the river

By mswiech
Camera Nikon D3100
Exposure 30secs
Aperture f/22.0
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 100
Exposure Mode Manual

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 12:54PM
Good capture, great colour and reflections

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Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 Mar 2011 4:55PM
A good subject and a lovely sky, but I think the main problem for me is that the bright lights and their reflections totally overwhelm the spires and their reflections, which should be the more interesting features. Not sure how you'davoid this to be honest

A point that some may pick up on is that the waterline isn't horizontal, and that can be unsettling to the eye, even if as in this case it's the fall of the riverbank that causes the waterline to look can tell because the reflections are vertical, which is always a truer test

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2011 5:05PM
Hello, Mike. I think you are doing well with your night photography. This one has wonderful colours, lots of interest in the sky, and very unusual lines in the river. Your waterline needs a touch of straightening, but I was surprised to find that it was only a minor adjustment, and this is because of the way the lines in the water are sloping, and give a false impression of a tilt. In an image where we have mostly water and sky, it's a good idea to divide the image into thirds on the vertical, say two-thirds sky and one-third water.
That's a very long exposure. Also, I was surprised that your ISO was 100, which is fine, but I noticed a lot of noise in both sky and water. Maybe this was created in editing?
I have done a modification where I cropped according to my suggestion above, then had to crop the left as well. I straightened the waterline, adjusted levels (which enhanced the colours and strengthened the building silhouettes)), and then ran noise removal over the image.
mswiech 7 3 1 Canada
24 Mar 2011 12:39AM
Tooth and pamelajean, I appreciate your C&C on the photo. As it is, I am beginning out and I take what is said to heart and I learn and pratice for future shots. @pamelajean, I have been told as well that it was too long of an exposure as it being that long there is a chance of dust and shake etc... that can ruin the pic. I see and understand on what you are saying with the lines as it gives a false positive of being tilted. I think I am going to invest in a level to attach to my camera so I know that the shot is level.

Thanks again and looking to hear some more comments on the pic

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