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A view from dover castle

By probie
i took this from a viewpoint at dover castle, i have cropped and used curves on this,

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 10:04AM
The first thing yiou need to do is to make the horizon level then if you have the software, remove the curvature. That applies to each and every upload that you make, check it first, not doing so makes no sense at all.

Now although your curves have given a pleasing tone to the picture, the harbour opening is too small to give a focal point worth valuing. You might have been better using a longer focal length and looking towards the three beacons that I can just discern. They may provide interest to balance the shot.


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salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 1:05PM
Yes the horizon needs attention and maybe the blue content could be reduced slightly using "colour balance" in P.Shop. There is a lot of of sea and sky and removing some of the fairly featureles left hand side, say up to where the breakwater changes level, concentates attention on the interesting and more colourful area. This would spoil the panoramic effect you have produced though, so may not be to your taste - just a thought.

probie 9 22 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 2:03PM
frank! i agree i should have straightened the horizon, i have done so in the mod, as for removing the curvature i dont agree as that is how it looks and to straighten it would not be altering the photo it would be completely changing it, I have say i do not like the tone of your comments as i do not think they are constructive critique they are just rude!
probie 9 22 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 2:04PM
hi geoff, i have made it quite blue so it could be toned down a touch or more, i will have a go at cropping it in different ways in photoshop, thanks for your comments and i will certainly look at the aspects you have pointed out,

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 8:01PM
Good picture. The harbour and the open sea beyond the sheltering walls. I don't need a focal point in this type of wides seascapes. I like the differing colours of the sea and the feeling of openness..
The horizon may not be quite level but I don't believe it's curved.
The entrance pretty smooth, I've had some hairy moments in the West Entrance to Dover over the years.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 8:18PM
A reasonable image and the horizon seems to have had enough discussion. I do find things a bit bland with not a lot there to look at. The two piers lead in from each side to... what? I think a single boat suitably placed would just add that bit of interest.


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