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'Popped' into the ballroom

By Nikon442  
My two daughters have been dancing for almost twenty years, this is the mecca of ballroom dancing. The Winter Gardens Blackpool, a place that comes alive as soon as you walk through the doors.

Tags: Blackpool Architecture Dancing

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dudler Plus
15 863 1490 England
2 Sep 2017 10:36AM
It's a lovely idea, and I understand it thoroughly - the contrast between the grey ordinary world and the colour and glamour of the ballroom. It's why millions watch 'Strictly' every autumn!

part of me wants the paintwork this side of the doors brighter, but I realise that defeats part of hte object of the exercise, and a bright white frame woudl not be good.

Two thoughts, though.

First, there's noticeable distortion - not unexpected with a zoom lens at its widest setting, and easily corrected in editing (I used the slider in Adobe Camera Raw, but there are loads of other ways, many of which wil lbe more accurate).

Second, you were looking up: converging verticals. Again, easily fixed with Perspective or Skew. Substantially straighter and there's a look of formality, like full evening dress.

The alterations meant I had to crop - and that reduced the size of the grey border, which works nicely, I think. I also brightened the whole shot a bit: the ballroom really should glitter!

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banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4009 Canada
2 Sep 2017 4:35PM
Do you have one lens? Its the same one is every shot, and an open question we have from the softness question?
Nikon442 1 21 1
2 Sep 2017 5:48PM

Quote:Do you have one lens? Its the same one is every shot, and an open question we have from the softness question?


No, but it's my favourite.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2081 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2017 7:32PM
The contrast of inside and outside, and this glorious building, works a treat, Garry.
With the doors being open, the viewer is invited to come inside, into the warmth and luxury.

John has dealt with the straightening.
Symmetry is important here. If you were shooting just the inside, it would be even more important.
However, you were not standing quite central. This is hard to get right. I often fail inside churches.
Look at the line of the edge of the central closed door, and notice that it doesn't fall directly in the centre of the large yellow lamps. Then look at the closest yellow lamp and see there is a difference in the space either side of it as it sits inside the window frame. Also look at the figures on the outside wall, one is larger than the other.

So, moving a touch more to the left would have done the trick. Sometimes we just don't have the time to get it perfect. Because the inside of the ballroom is not the same on either side at the bottom, this mis-alignment can easily be missed, or ignored.

Pamela.
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 578 England
2 Sep 2017 9:30PM
One of those techniques that's been overdone in the past, but it does work here, i think because ther is quite a lot of colour remiaining and the eye is drawn straight through the doors.
I like the technioque when it does focus the attention like this, which is not always the case.

The majority of architectural shots do look best when any distortion is absent.
banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4009 Canada
2 Sep 2017 10:10PM
So as I understand your response, its your only lens. If thats the case, the softness may well be a lens issue, so you should try another lens, perhaps borrow one for a few hours?

W
Nikon442 1 21 1
2 Sep 2017 10:33PM

Quote:So as I understand your response, its your only lens.

W



I said it's my favourite lens. I use it when I'm just out and about. There's enough wide angle and telephoto to deal with most situations. I have a Nikon f1.8 and Sigma 75-300mm too and the softness is the same. I haven't uploaded any yet as you only get one a day at the highest quality.
Nikon442 1 21 1
2 Sep 2017 10:42PM

Quote:

The alterations meant I had to crop - and that reduced the size of the grey border, which works nicely, I think. I also brightened the whole shot a bit: the ballroom really should glitter!



I was aware of the distortions but I simply haven't had time to adjust. I like your edit, much better. Thanks for taking the time and for the helpful advice too.
Nikon442 1 21 1
2 Sep 2017 10:49PM

Quote:If you were shooting just the inside, it would be even more important.
However, you were not standing quite central. This is hard to get right. I often fail inside churches.
Look at the line of the edge of the central closed door, and notice that it doesn't fall directly in the centre of the large yellow lamps.......

Pamela.



You make some great points here and I totally agree. The constant stream of Joe Public made it difficult to be too picky when it came to composition. Wink

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