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Old Spey Bridge

By almiles    
The local gallery asked me to take some pics of my village for sale as cards. It's pushing me outside my comfort zone both in terms of being a commission and also semi-urban photography but I guess that's a good thing! This is one of them (breaking myself in gently, still haven't worked out how to shoot the buildings!). I think it has more impact as mono but yout opinions would be great thanks Smile

Tags: Bridge Landscape and travel Spey Cairngorm national park Grantown

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
13 Apr 2013 6:14AM
Lovely picture v2 is better.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Apr 2013 6:38AM
I think both versions are excellent Al. V1 is maybe more artistically acceptable - put yourself in the mind of a tourist who is after a nice image Smile
derrymaine 5 17 Greece
13 Apr 2013 6:41AM
both nice shots, for me v1. love the texture of the water
gwynn56 6 87 England
13 Apr 2013 7:37AM
nice image though I prefer v2Smile
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
13 Apr 2013 8:52AM
Ooooh the mono is way better in my opinion . It's good to try new subjects it will ultimately make you a much better photographer. I know what Herman means but i would take the pics for yourself because thats how you got the job in the first place GrinGrin Nice work

13 Apr 2013 9:15AM
Two excellent version of which the colour shot gets top spot, Al!
13 Apr 2013 9:16AM
An excellent capture. I like both versions, as it works very well in mono, too.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Apr 2013 9:21AM
I had to laugh when you described this as semi-urban!!GrinGrin although I can see the hint of a building, plus a couple of benches and a safety ring! The mono is pretty good but I have to go with the colour, the blue tones are lovely and the red of the ring a perfect counter. I would take the images you like doing (and do so well) plus also the blue sky/sunny stuff.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
13 Apr 2013 9:45AM
both work well...have had a go at a mod for the mono..just lifting the shadows a re-sharpening may have been a little over the top though Smile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
13 Apr 2013 10:47AM
Colour for me!

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 10:50AM
mono for me today Al love the fg detail a cracker nice one Wink
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
13 Apr 2013 11:37AM
Colour for me!! Tones are just beautiful!! Good comp and cracking image!!
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 7:19PM
Love the comp and movement Al and the muted colour version gets my vote....excellent shot
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 7:37PM
It's the mono for me.

Sue Smile
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
13 Apr 2013 7:47PM
Superb comp and again that dramatic low POV that is becoming your signature, Al. Lovely range of tones in V1 but I think V2 wins by a whisker for me as it reminds me of the very early days of colour photography - wonderful subtle shades and I love the milky water movement in both.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 8:06PM
great shot Al, I'm afraid I prefer the colour version too this time. The long exposure works so well in scenes like this and you have captured it perfectly.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2013 9:55PM
Thanks Dr Sharma, Herman, eleftheria, Gwynn, Rod, ****, Effrossini, Dave, Jeff, Paul, Andy, Bill, Jeremy, Sue, Sylvia and Mark! Smile
Big thanks to Jeff and Ronnie for uploading their Mods, both of which are better than the originals.
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
14 Apr 2013 11:15AM
A beautiful mono - well done with this.


derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 9:30PM
A very strong composition and a striking image Alan. The mono just edges it for me. An excellent mono.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 5:57AM
Cheers Bob and Derek Smile
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 7:34PM
good composition with interesting foreground detail. the mono version has an atmospheric appeal.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 8:28AM
Thanks Alan Smile
kel55 6 8 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 6:20PM
Good shot Al , mono works best for me , as usual the whole image smacks of quality and great technique , this is probably where I would spoil it but if I'd taken this I would have cloned out the bracket on the bridge and the signs / seats on the left bank . Don't think the tourist would mind these details being omitted , probably wrong on this just think it might make the scene a bit more post cardy , well done mate and be careful your never to far away from an orange . Kel
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 6:33PM
Mono for me Al.... looks good and a great way to get out of the comfort zone.. Smile
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
23 Apr 2013 10:22PM
Colour for me ..
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Apr 2013 10:20AM
I like these, both mono and colour work fine for me. I think I prefer the mood in the colour version though, kind of fits more in my eyes.

My only suggestion is to revisit the place, and try retaking the shot by including a bit more sky and little less foreground. Would have wished to see the tips of the all the trees here. Some have their top area cropped off and in my eyes this is a bit "off", so to speak. Would have rather had the top part of the image close off with just the sky. Given that you were on the widest focal length, it seems you opted to compose using the rule of thirds guideline of placing the horizon one-third down from the top, but I think here you would have gained more, compositionally, by placing it slightly lower and giving the sky the whole top part of the image and including the top-part of all the trees that were showing.

Regardless, I reiterate that I like this image and it's well taken irrespective of the above. I keep returning to your work and liking what I see. Keep it up!
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 7:10PM
Thanks for taking the time to offer such a detailed critique Alistair. I plan to revisit (when the water level drops; the river is high with snowmelt at the moment) so will action your suggestions when I do Smile
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
24 Apr 2013 7:14PM
Looking forward to that Al! Smile

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