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By TimothyDMorton  
This is a Panoramic Image of this canal, as I captured a lot of single images hand-held and once photo merged them using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, then saved the file in PHOTOSHOP default format, re-opened in Camera-in-the-RAW along cropping out the empty spaces and did other minors tasks, once opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, resized to 600 x ? pixels and lastly used the un-sharp mask till it looked right using computer and then saved as JPEG for upload to this site.

This is location SWANS, GEESE featured and I hope to upload more from their as the season is starting to get warmer etc and wild life should be around.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Panoramic image DESJARDINS CANAL

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Peter23 9 23 2
17 Apr 2012 8:18AM

The problem with this image here is that there is no focal point, wheres the interest? If it were autumn with lots of color it would probably work better for me. Plus from a purely personal point of view I don't like the angle it's been shot at.

Next time try and include some interest, a "focal point".


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 9:07AM
A rather bland, lack lustre image, with no 'focal point'. When taking an image think of the five 'W's'plus an 'H', then hopefully you cant go wrong... Why, When, Where, What, Who and How. If you manage to answer all those questions before or sometimes after taking your image and in post production, then 9 times out 10 you will end up with a cracking image.

Regards Nathan
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 9:20AM
Sorry, but Pete has hit the nail on the head. There is no interest in the picture to attract the attention. The light doesn't help, as it's so flat it has robbed the picture of any contrast or drama.
The angle is not sympathetic and the colours are so muted as to be uninteresting. There are random bits of tree on the left that are not substantial enough to contain the composition, and there are wires there too.
As a record shot, it is ok (if the banks were going to be developed, for instance), but otherwise, it needs "something".

The group of slightly more colourful trees might have made a better subject, maybe square-on rather than at an angle like this, and it definitely needs better light (much lower sun, different angle etc).

arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
17 Apr 2012 9:26AM
tim, i agree with all comment above. this image does'nt have focal point. try to focus on something like rock, tree or anything that can give eyes interesting with that.
mhfore 11 6 176 England
17 Apr 2012 4:57PM
Hi Timothy,

A good scene that could work well as a panorama with a little more processing, there is colour in this image, and I guess your saw it but it just needs bringing out. I'm not sure what your options are in Elements 7 but try your "Auto Tone, contrast & colour" see what it comes up with. Next go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Shadow/Highlights and play around with the adjustment sliders or enter values in the text boxes, then click OK,
one of these way should bring out the colours in the trees.

Timothy so long as you make any adjustments to a copy you can't do any harm, just start clicking and playing.

In the mod you will notice I have not only made some tone adjustments but I have also added extra canvas to the top and bottom, to give the image more height. When shooting a panorama don't think you have to shoot in landscape, 90% of my panorama's are shot in portrait, ok so you have to taken a couple more shots but the height you gain is well worth the effort.

Have a look at the mod and let me know what you think.

Take care
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 10:24PM
Timothy, I'm not going to say anything about this picture, I think it has all been said.
In your last five uploads to the Critique Gallery, several people posted quite detailed comments on your uploads, but have not heard back from you at all. It would be helpful if you could give a short response to those comments just so that we know we are pitching them at the right level and providing you with the sort of feedback that you require.
It could be assumed, since you continue to upload to the Critique Gallery, that you are happy with the response, but a few words from you can make all the difference to the critiquer, who will never know.
You provide us with a detailed description of what you have done with your pictures, Timothy, but it would be useful if you also told us why you want critique, why you took the shot, what you hoped to achieve, and if you think you succeeded....that sort of thing. This makes it easier to provide you with a valid critique, which should then tend to cover the areas that you are hoping to improve upon.

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