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By theonenadeem
I would appreciate some construtive criticism of this photo. This photo was taken hand held .i thought the reflection on the water helps this image, maybe it looks more intresting.
Is thiis subject of intrest amd how could it have been improved.

Tags: Landscape and travel Glasgow at night

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Techno Plus
14 6.8k 8 England
12 Jun 2017 10:44PM
Excellent composition (nit picking, observe the thirds), just the right time of day, lovely calm water for good reflections, clone the distraction bottom left corner, principally one missing ingredient here, Tripod or maybe a bean bag on a wall, that's all, and a cracking image it would be.......Wink
sawsengee 16 6 41 Malaysia
13 Jun 2017 8:37AM
Hi Nadeem, the night shot has plenty of potentials & here are my observations in the uploaded modification:
1. playing with the white balance ( I have made it slightly more bluish instead of the murky yellowish green tint, which, only you & you alone would know as you were
there to take the shot);
2. cropping off the bottom left hand corner to make the image more 1/3 2/3 composition & to eliminate the disturbing triangular bit of ground;
3. there is a lens flare in the sky just above the parabola bridge which I have cloned off;
4. you shot the scene at iso 3200, even with full frame Pentax K1, there is still a need to denoise the dark areas especially the streaking clouds & water reflection;
5. selective sharpening of the image except the water reflection & streaking clouds to bring out a crisp city outline.
Hope you like the modification as I am not certain of the white balance used & the actual scene, only you would know & real situation as you were there.
Greetings from Kuala Lumpur. Smile
sawsengee 16 6 41 Malaysia
13 Jun 2017 9:05AM
Hi Nadeem, just to correct the error on my number 4 point, Pentax KP has a 24 megapixels APSC sensor & not full frame (Pentax K-1), so the need to denoise is even more necessary at ISO 3200.
13 Jun 2017 9:10AM
Lovely , i do like the improvements , i really need to learn the pp process. And thank you
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
13 Jun 2017 12:55PM
Best to use a tripod for this, and then you can work with a lower ISO.

Use Aperture priority rather than P mode, set the aperture, then let the camera select the shutter at ISO 100. Use the cameras timer to release the shutter. Set metering mode to the default, not spot, and review the result in the LCD; take the shot again if tou need to adjust for exposure.


DCox 10 11 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2017 5:19PM
i'm no expert by any means but i agree about cloning out the distraction lower left corner. regarding the lens flare, i would try using frequency separation (photoshop) to remove it. using this method retains the colours and does not look obvious it has been cloned. there are frequency separation tutorials on youtube, maybe worth a try?
i would also apply a tad of sharpening on the buildings only.
in my opinion i would leave the wb alone as i like the colours and tones.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
13 Jun 2017 5:41PM
As Willie says, really high quality depends on taking variables out of the system.

A tripod allows you to use low ISO, and a smaller aperture, because you can allow the shutter speed to go really long. You can also take your time levelling hte camera - you took the picture with the camera pointed slightly upwards, and the result is that the verticals of the buildings on the right are slanting inwards a little.

Spot metering is an odd choice - I wonder why? Which area(s) did you take readings from?

How did you perceive the colours - muted, or bright as in Sawsengee's mod?
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
13 Jun 2017 5:44PM
BTW, welcome to the Critique Gallery Nadeem, forgot to say that above. Go and take the shot again as suggested, this is one for the bin unfortunately.

You will see a significant improvement using the suggested approach; leave White Balance on Auto; set aperture to f/11 in Aperture Priority mode; set ISO to 100, MANUALLY focus mid-way into the image; let the self timer operate the shutter so you are not touching the camera when the shutter opens.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
13 Jun 2017 6:43PM
Apologies from me, too - I also should have welcomed you, Nadeem!
13 Jun 2017 8:13PM
Thanks for feedback , i am taking it all on board , maybe go back soon and with a tripod .
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2017 1:44PM
As above. One simple fact - you simply cannot hand hold at 1/6 sec. I have two basic rules - get the exposure right, get it sharp where it needs to be. This needs a support for the camera, ideally a tripod, but a wall top or something stable.

Remember, though, the wind can more a tripod on long exposures. Traffic can cause shake. High ISO does not always help as it can introduce it's own degree of unsharpnss.


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