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By RichGA
View over the pond at Papplewick Pumping Station. The pool has captured the reflections of the adjacent trees.

The shot was processed from the RAW file with some minor tweaking before being exported and cropped. The remains of branches have been cloned out to result in a tidier image.

Post processing was done in Aftershot pro and GIMP.

I struggle with composition so would appreciate any advice on composition in addition to any other critiquing

Tags: Reflections Pond Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 8:38AM
Nice reflections in the pond, Richard, and the house provides a nice splash of colour.
You give no Exif Data, and so it is difficult to give a constructive critique.

It's a pity that the fountain is directly in front of the house because it combines two interesting elements into one, and obscures the detail of the house and its reflection. I wonder if there was an alternative vantage point from which you could have separated the two.

The area at the bottom of your image is unnecessary. When you have good reflections like this, it looks good if you have the water line in the centre of the frame, and that composition would require the removal of the bit at the bottom, leaving just water.

The image needs a slight rotation. Reflections should run straight on the vertical. When I did this in my modification, it also straightened the water line.

The area at the bottom of the trees is very dark, but this may have been at least partly due to your processing.
In my modification I straightened, cropped as suggested above, lifted the shadows, slightly increased saturation, and adjusted levels.


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RichGA 5 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 9:43AM

thank you for the comments. Your modified version is a significant improvement on mine. I obviously lack confidence in post processing! In answer to the exif data it is as follows :-
f/11, 1/500 sec, a focal length of 17 mm, ISO 800, shot in Aperture mode, metering was evaluative and I used Shade for the WB.

My previous submissions have been straight from the jpeg and exif data was automatically completed. I know for next time.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1913 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 3:05PM
Pamela's Mod has addressed the problems - and by removing the distraction of the bottom part of the frame it has given much greater importance to that lovely ripple towards the bottom of the water area.
It's always worth checking verticals and horizontals against the Grid - in Adobe software it is under View.
If you have used Save for web, that's probably the reason for the Exif not showing up. Looking at the details you have given, there was no need to go to ISO 800! Unless you are specifically looking for a grainy effect, always use the lowest ISO that will support an appropriate aperture (and f11 is fine here), and a shutter speed that you can manage steadily if hand-holding. ISO 200 would still have allowed you a safe shutter speed, even with a slight + exposure compensation, and would give better image quality.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2013 10:22PM
First, you should really not be using ISO800 for fully lit outdoor images. Aim at a maximum of ISO400 saving the fast settings for when they are really needed. The lower thd ISO the better the quality.

The main problem is composition. The image is mainly tree and reflection of tree. You are missing a single interesting subject to act as a compositional focal point. I find myself looking at the floating object in the pond.

Almost every image needs a subject. A single main focal point, often placed on a third. The scene then becomes thd background.


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