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Long Street Cape Town

A stroll down Long Street on a sunny February day. The blue of the building trying to challenge the blue of the sky and winning!

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2119 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2019 3:43PM
Well done for looking beyond the obvious! I like this a lot, it's a personal, one-off observation, an individual response to the scene. I wish more people would look for that. It's about using your eyes.

I've uploaded a modification with three suggested adjustments.

First I skewed to get the verticals true - that adds to the formality of what is in part an abstract composition.

I cropped tighter to get rid of the white stripe on the left, which reduced the impact of the blue band, and the traffic lights bottom right which complicate things.

Then I lightened shadows slightly to get a more 3-dimensional feel.

Those are just suggestions, see what you think.

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PRG 1 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2019 3:52PM
Yep, that did the trick. The white line was part of the South African flag, I guess I just wanted to keep the SA connection but, the photograph is much better without it. Thanks PRG
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2119 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2019 6:07PM
Thanks for the feedback. Yes I see the significance of the white stripe, you could perhaps consider a dark border to contain it? Purely a cosmetic device, but it can work.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4070 Canada
8 Apr 2019 6:08PM
If you wanted to keep the flag element, make the side of the building vertical, which rotates the image, then crop as in the mod, - another option.

Tweaked white balance and saturation also.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2019 9:59PM
I like the image's simplicity as well as its strength. The use of the sweeping palm branches contrasts nicely with the vertical lines of the buildings.

The colours are strong, and I now know that it's the South African flag that is depicted on the building (isn't it round the wrong way?). I'd like to have seen more of the green and yellow, but you would have needed a completely different angle for that.

I have done a modification where I used a square crop, brightened the image, straightened the verticals, and found that the 3 sections fitted beautifully into the thirds grid lines.

dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
9 Apr 2019 6:19PM
A well-spotted juxtaposition, and colourful.

There are other compositions that woudl give more prominence to the colours on the building on the left, including more of it, perhaps, and the palm. May you get the opportunity to go back and take more pictures? As they say on CSI, 'work the scene' - try every angle and focal length that you can, in case you don't get the chance to go back, or they demolish the building (as they have with one or two places near my home).

On the technical side, I'd have used a slightly wider aperture than f/22, and probably focussed on the palm. A tiny bit of softness in the more distant elements won't go amiss, and f/11 will give higher sharpness in the areas that are in sharp focus. Stop right down, and the quality falls a little.

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