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A Perfect Sunday Evening

By rkarthick
This picture was taken during my photowalk yesterday. I felt challenged as I was greeted with grey skies. But I managed to capture this picture, with a hope capturing a peaceful sunday evening.

Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Canon T1i
17-40L @ 36mm
HDR 3 Exposures
ISO 100

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Park Still life Lights Lonely Chair Black and white Close-up and macro

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Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
24 Aug 2010 3:57AM
Hi Karthick,

Great image and don't presume that you need sunlight to take good images, you've prooved it here that you can take a great image on a dull day.

I like the sharpness and the DoF as well as the leading line of the path. You've also managed to minimise that dull plain sky which is also well done.

Improvements? Well it is a shame that the bench and the path aren't switched because compositionally that would have been more pleasing. Short of digging up the bench or relaying the path, you are stuck with that. Unfortunately the bench for me looks like it is looking out of the image instead of into it and anyone sitting on it would also be looking out as well.

If it was my image I'd revisit this spot, take along a model of some sort and ask them to sit on the bench. Make sure they are wearing a little red or orange in case you want to use a colour shot. Then move your position left until the path seems to move into the left half of the image and the street lights are on the left as well.

Then just shoot away until you get what you want. This would also make a very nice night shot I reckon.

Hope this has helped

By the way, when I downloaded the image, PhotoShop CS5 wouldn't open it and it was saying that the profile wasn't right. PS changed the profile and it opens now. It may be corrupted but be careful what colour profile you use just in case, use sRGB or Adobe RGB for EPZ.

rkarthick 11 2 Canada
24 Aug 2010 4:13AM
Hey Dave,

Thanks a lot for all your comments. It is really encouraging to get some constructive criticisms from people like you Smile.

Would definitely give your composition changes a shot, next time. Probably will take my friend along for this shot. Looks very interesting.

This is the shot of the same chair, during night time taken, during winter last year. But the same composition must be worth a try again in the night.

Thank you once again for your perspectives. I think the color profile issues would have been introduced by photomatix. I shall take care of this next time.

mikewebb 12 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 7:56AM
Personally I think it's good the way the bench faces away from the path as it offers some dynamics in is potentially a dull shot. I would have lost the tree trunk extreme left and tried to isolate the bench a little more from its background - but how I have no idea! Introducing a model changes the shot and its intent 100%. I like the shot, it's simple and honest.

clicknimagine Plus
11 912 105 India
24 Aug 2010 8:50AM
I agree with Daves above so i am trying to give you some different thoughts which may help you,

i guess you may have tried to compose the shot with the road starting from the low right side point of the image, and the empty bench at the left side of the image giving an appearance that the bench is looking out side the frame, ask yourself because i am not aware of the place, if you did not have intended that way, you could have easily excluded the sky which is rather boring despite of doing HDR, think about different composition and inclusion of a person on the bench which can give better result,

try to recompose the shot in such a way as to exclude the sky simply, you have used f/20, but the lens you are using can always give better result from f/9 to f/11 with a good dof as you are looking for, so you need not to employ f/20 which can derogate the image quality,

the light on the front lamp post has a bit distraction, you should try to tone it down,

wish you best of luck for your future works...
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
24 Aug 2010 3:26PM
I actually like the bench facing away from the path, - gives a sense of deliberately ignoring, or turning your back on the world.

Having said that, I offer 2 alternatives in the mods. First I dug up the seal and cemented it back in the other way around, and roughly cloned in the sky with the existing trees and leaves, - you could do a lot better yourself if you took time, and found substitute tress from other shots. I also gave it a vignette to suggest the darkening evening a little more. Cropped to remove the tree trunk at the left, and a little space on the right to balance.

Then theres the question, - why not crop the bench out and make a square sot, - as in mod2, with a sepia tone.

Many possibilities.


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 8:07PM
No, the seat is wrong. Rules are made to be broken but this one jars badly - the seat must face the wider space. Technically cant tell it is HDR which is good, because HDR ruins more shots than it saves. Not sure you needed HDR, but it works.

Your technique is excellent.

rkarthick 11 2 Canada
24 Aug 2010 9:52PM
Thanks a lot mikewebb for your critique. I agree with the fact that introducing a model will change the intent and hence it will be a new photograph.

@clickandimagine, thank you for your comments.. I like the composition ideas. I do see that HDR is not adding much to this image. But HDR for me is just a means to a goal of balanced exposure in this image.
I always shoot @ F/20 or F/22, whenever I can to get even focus on all the objects. Do you think it is a bad idea?

@Focus_man, thank you once again for your comments.

@banehawi, thank you once again for your valuable comments Smile. Your mods are excellent. The seat placement is almost immaculate. Yes sepia tone changes the mood of this picture completely to a very different and unique one. I loved the cloning of trees to hide the sky. That totally changed the overall look of the pictures. Really value your comments and mod. Like the mod2 asual. Thanks once again.

@paulbroad, thank you for the comments Smile. Appreciate your views.

It is very interesting to see the kind of comments and difference in views this picture has brought out of the people here. Totally love this forum. Thanks a bunch people.
mikewebb 12 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2010 10:00PM
Regarding the f22 selection - there are times, possibly like this, where a wide aperture will isolate and hence emphasise your main subject - but I expect you know this. I would also say that f22 might possibly reduce the quality of the image, I have forgotten the term for this but at quite physically small apertures the optical quality can suffer. I was surprised that one of my macro lenses suffered this way as I thought macros were designed to avoid (diffraction?) but shot at f22 it seemed less satisfactory than at f11 say.

rkarthick 11 2 Canada
24 Aug 2010 11:13PM
Very interesting to note this. Thank you for the thoughts @mikewebb. I guess, I sometimes over do, the small aperture and try to get these shots at the minimum possible. The lens i have (17-40L) is supposed to behave well in smaller apertures, hence the overused freedom I guess from me. In this case, I definitely agree, a lesser F stop would have isolated the object and probably a better quality than F/22.

One more thing to keep in mind, for the next time Smile

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