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The Viaduct

By Sylvia2210
I was really looking to get this in line with rule of thirds.. I think I got the composition just right.. but then I'm not a professional...I really hope that what I'm learning is showing in this image.

Tags: Arches Architecture Bridges Viaduct Architecture and buildings

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2081 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2018 8:52PM
You had an excellent vantage point, Sylvia, and plenty of time to get your composition right because the only things moving are the people on the road. You have lots of detail in the structure of the viaduct. The people add interest.

I'm not sure where you specifically used the rule of thirds, but can see that you kept the viaduct within the left-hand two thirds, with some space on the right so that it didn't look too cramped in the frame.
Then the nearest people are at the far left of the road, sitting nicely inside the central left-hand thirds square.
There isn't a single focal point that you could have tried to place on a thirds line or intersection. You just have the viaduct.

I'm glad that you feel you are putting your learning into practice and that you are quite happy with the composition here.
It's good that you included some foreground foliage because that adds depth to the scene, like another dimension, and that foliage stands out because it's a much lighter green than the rest.

In my modification I am offering a slight alternative. I have cropped the top and right side, maintaining your aspect ratio, and placing two of the arches on a thirds line.
It's the top and right side that hold little of interest, to my mind.
I've slightly brightened the image and made a tiny contrast adjustment.


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Sylvia2210 1 11
23 Aug 2018 9:29PM
Hello Pamela and thank you so much for the modification and your critique... I love your modification and can see by your explanation where I went wrong. I tried to keep a leading line right to the third. I am very pleased with the depth of field and exposure. Overall, I am really pleased with this as its touched bases (in my minds eye) that I have struggled with before.

I obviously have more to learn about the rule of thirds Grin
banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4009 Canada
23 Aug 2018 10:06PM
Its nicely done.

I would crop a bit closer too, and in the mod Ive also given it a bit more contrast and a warmer tone


Sylvia2210 1 11
23 Aug 2018 10:13PM
Thank you, I so love this warmer tone... not something I would have done, although I have seen the options to alter the tones to make them cooler or warmer. I will certainly look more in to this when editing in the future
dudler Plus
15 863 1490 England
24 Aug 2018 9:24AM
I think I'd see Pamela's crop as being more bout removing a largely-dead area of foliage, rather than adhering strictly to the rule of thirds... I reckon that if you'd angled the camera a fraction more to the left, no cropping would have been needed, and the framing on the left would have looked more relaxed - as it is, it looks tight, compared with the right hand side.

White balance is probably a result of the AWB setting - and I have a query about the metering. Were yo uexperimenting iwth spot metering? It's almost never a good choice unless you are taking meticulous readings from specific tonal areas, and locking the exposure before composing the shot.

Is this the Headstone Viaduct at Monsal Head? It looks a bit familiar, but I'm not sure...
Sylvia2210 1 11
24 Aug 2018 9:34AM
Hello there.. thank you for your critique.. yes to both, I have been playing with camera settings and had previously pictured the waterfall and didnít move button back 🙈 and it is the Viaduct at Monsal Head. I must have about 100 pictures of it!
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2018 9:49AM
Not bad at all. it is a little soft on my screen, just touch and also a ouch over exposed. Spot metering can be problematic and you must meter from an area approximating to 18% grey - green grass comes close.

This is a pleasant pictorial record and there are many potential compositions and crops which just change things a bit. given the subject, this is a good fit to the rule of thirds.

Be careful with the word 'professional'. Look in the dictionary, it means trying to earn a living from, it does not mean 'any good at'. I have known some very poor 'professionals' in all sorts of trades.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2058 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2018 3:53PM
Hi Sylvia, I'm a bit late here but I've looked at this for quite a while. I like the way you approached the subject.

The Rule of Thirds doesn't really apply, but the virtues of a strong upward diagonal, leading in from the left, certainly do! It gives a buoyant, dynamic, upbeat feel.

Ideally I'd look for a diagonal leading directly from that bottom left corner but again that doesn't apply here because of the depth of the arches. Plus we need to see the river at the bottom for context.

So the angle is good, I'm not so sure about the placement and the proportions. I wanted to imagine this with a bit less space at the bottom, where things are a bit messy, and on the left; but quite a bit more at the top, giving space for the angle of the path to continue towards.

Modification uploaded. I also added 4% brightness, made a small Levels tweak to boost highlights, and then used the burn tool set to shadows, 3% exposure, huge brush, to bring out the textures in the foliage.

It's a view that I know well, by the way. Preferably enjoyed with a good lunch on the pub terrace above!
Sylvia2210 1 11
26 Aug 2018 6:55AM
Thank you, and thank you all for your Critique! As soon as the kids go back to school I shall be heading back... hopefully itíll be less busy and Iíll have more room to put all this brilliant advice to practice

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