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By Sylvia2210
This is part of our local canal Ö.such a lovely quiet place to be. I have really enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife and architecture over the last few months, but I have found that I like landscape more than anything. I am beginning to have an eye for a good photo. (I hope)

Tags: Canal Autumn colours Waterscape Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4006 Canada
10 Nov 2018 8:17PM
It is a nice tranquil scene.

Reflections are nice, good fall colours, all the ingredients for a nice shot. Ideally this would have a focal point, a boat, barge, etc. buts its not always possible. I think you have, and can further develop and eye for a landscape scene.

First thing to notice is that its not level, - water is very unforgiving, and the canal should be level; its over 2 degrees off level, - so always check!

Next is the depth of apparent sharpness, - as the scene gets closer to the lens, sharpness falls off. When shooting landscapes, small apertures are most often used for this reason, maximum depth of field, - and this is usually with shorter focal lengths than youve used here. All the more reason to go for an aperture closer to f/16, and focus someplace thats approx 1/3 the distance into the scene. Nothing at all wrong with using the zoom, just remember the aperture is critical.

The mod is level, - apart from the level of the far water, there are also reflections you can use as a guide. Ive sharpened slightly, increased exposure in all areas apart from the end section.



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Sylvia2210 1 11
10 Nov 2018 8:21PM
Thank you... taken all on board and I see what you mean! Your Mod is very clear! Thank you
dudler Plus
15 861 1489 England
11 Nov 2018 7:40AM
You're right - you have caught a lovely scene here, with a couple of technical issues. Technical problems are easy - you can learn how to sort them out.

I'll add that I feel you've oversharpened the picture a bit - there's a bit of grittienss to the leaves which is usually characteristic of too much of the sharpening tools.

I shall see if one of my favourite Nik Efex tools works - Polaroid Transfer, which softens images. Sharp is not alwasy necessary, or even good...
Sylvia2210 1 11
11 Nov 2018 8:56AM
Thank you, I love your Modifi action... Iím just learning Lightroom cc as I couldnít get on with photoshop! So I take on board your comments re sharpening... Iím a little confused about the logo tho! Did you mean my watermark signature? I thought Iíd turned the watermark option off on export... but obviously I didnít! Thank you 😊
banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4006 Canada
11 Nov 2018 1:40PM
Logo and watermark are different things effectively. We mean your logo.

Its usually that people have issues with LR, and are fine with PS!
Sylvia2210 1 11
11 Nov 2018 2:49PM
Ah, I see.. thank you
pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2079 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2018 4:40PM
It certainly does look tranquil, Sylvia.
I like the way you have two strong trees either side, framing the scene, and the light in the centre, with strong reflections of that area. There is also a nice contrast between the left and right foliage, and your colours are subtle and not overdone.

As Moira, one of the Critique Team, often says, "Reflections always drop straight down from the subject, whatever angle they are viewed from". So if you put a straight vertical line on the image, you will see that there needs to be an anti-clockwise rotation in order to achieve that straightness. In my modification, I have done this using the straightening tool, and seem to have rotated a touch more than Willie because your logo has completely disappeared.

The next thing I addressed was your composition. Yours looks fine, but I offer an alternative suggestion. I cropped the top and right side, maintaining your aspect ratio, but effectively placing the light central area and its reflection in the bottom third of the frame. This also removes the bright area on the right side, which pulls the eye away from the bright centre. Also, the left and right edges of the water now fall into the two bottom corners of the frame.

I then brightened the image, deepened the blacks, then slightly adjusted contrast using Levels.

Sylvia2210 1 11
11 Nov 2018 5:07PM
Thank you Pamela, I have learned much from all the CC I have had with this one..I like your modification... I am going to play around with the original, adjusting something from each critique... thank you all. Your CC help beginners like myself 😊
dudler Plus
15 861 1489 England
11 Nov 2018 7:50PM
And, by the way, thank your for your feedback. It's always good to have a discussion about what's going on!
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2018 11:19AM
I like this in general, given the comments above. It is pictorial record where you have recorded a scene before you with reasonable technical competence.

For me, I would like a compositional focal point. There is none here. We did a course in my school days on old masters composition, thirds, golden mean, s curves, triangles and so on. In most cases there was a focal point determined - here a suitably placed swan, canal boat and so on.

Trouble is, what to do if there are none.


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