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Grey day in Oxford

By paddyf
I'm very much a beginner when it comes to the photograpy and still have a lot to learn about the basics. This is the first image I have uploaded for comment and would be grateful for any advice on compostion, technical points etc.

Tags: Church Oxford Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


alwolf 10 341 3 England
16 Sep 2007 9:12PM
Nice crisp detail,well framed by the tree on the left

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Crusey 10
16 Sep 2007 9:14PM
Hi Paddy,
I love your blend of light on the church, however I would crop the left hand side and the top. I think the left-hand side is too dark.
DC75 10 Sweden
17 Sep 2007 9:43AM
Yes - there is too much dark tree on the left.

However you've got a great sky there and the combination of that with the church and the great light on the tree to the right of the church would make a good composition.
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
18 Sep 2007 8:47PM
technically the exposure is good, nice light on the church, nothing blown out to white, and detail kept in the darker areas of the treees. Compositionally there's a bit too much foliage IMO, I'd crop from the left and a little sliver from the top.

A careful slight boost in contrast and brightness (maybe 10% each) would lift it a bit, but be careful not to cause any areas to burn out to white

Welcome to EPZ, keep the uploads comimg, you'll learn a lot if you want to, and have a good time as well

19 Sep 2007 3:21PM
Nice to see your work starting to appear on EPZ Paddy. Very nice image and like already said this is a fantstic medium for learning. Keep em coming mate. See you on tuesday.

Hoffy 13 262 16 England
20 Sep 2007 6:29PM
To much on the left and crop a bit off the top to make the church more in control of the image. The left tree dominates to much.
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2007 8:54PM
Seems general that the crop I had in mind is shared by others. Any bland areas without any interesting detail is better cropped. I also feel that a lower viewpoint for a bit more foreground would help.

The lighting is fine where you will find that shifting patches of light is better than full sunlight.
paddyf 10
22 Sep 2007 9:40PM
Many thanks for the comments. Will have a play with cropping the image as suggested.


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