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The Aliens Have Landed

By Philo  
I am trying to make sewage treatment look interesting so this is a shot of a pair of digesters we have recently refurbished. Letterbox crop seemed to suit on this occasion. Would it look better with a person in the shot and, if so, where would he be best placed?

Tags: Architecture Pipework Sewage treatment Digester Membranes

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 6:59AM
Its your choice whether to have a person in shot, but with the title I would suggest that ET might be better. You have succeeded in making these digesters look interesting.

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 7:17AM
See modification for details!
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 9:46AM
A very nice industrial landscape, well executed. 1/80sec @f16 ensures good DoF and is well within a young persons steady grip range.

V2 I prefer, as again I do feel the converging verticals in V1 require some correction which you seem to have done on V2.


PS. Did you meet Lynne and ET or were you elsewhere at the time?
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 12:22PM
Didn't see V2 before but it is much better with the adjusted verticals. ET approves too.
Philo 8 99 83 England
4 Aug 2012 1:30PM
Thanks for the comments, Lynne and Frank. V1 was taken from a low pov whereas V2 was taken stood up with the camera level. Will look at correcting verticals on V1.
Cool mod, Lynne.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 8:14PM
Of the two, I prefer V2, Phil.
My reasons are: It doesn't look so squashed, the piping is less dominant, it feels more balanced, and the piping isn't obscuring one of the domes.
However, I prefer the metallic look of the piping in V1 as opposed to the blue in V2.
As to the placement of a figure, which I think would look good, the obvious place is at the bottom of the steps, or walking into the shot from the right and approaching those steps. Alternatively, around where that rectangle is on the ground, but I don't suppose you can remove that because it's part of the reality of the shot.
Philo 8 99 83 England
4 Aug 2012 10:26PM
Thanks Pamela, I think I need to retake V1 from a standing position, like V2. I will also try and get a volunteer to pose for me at the bottom of the steps.

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