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The light and the view were beautiful, but it was different for me to get an interesting photo..so I put the bouy there. This big red buoy produced a very strong contrast and attention, I quite like it, but I'm not sure if the composition works. (This is the original photo without crop.) I'd like to have your ideas...I've brightened up the houses a bit with dodge tool , is it still a bit dark? All comments and criticisms are welcome.
BTW, the buoy was really there, not PS workGrin

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Sep 2012 - 2:01 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A view in Whitby-Another buoy
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:19 Sep 2012 - 11:31 AM
Tags:Buoy, General, Houses, Landscape / travel, Sea, Whitby
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AndreaJ  3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 - 11:39 AM

I love Whitby.....we had our honeymoon there, just love the atmosphere x
great pic by the way Smile

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 11:45 AM

Thank you Andrea, looking forward to seeing your uploadings...Smile


I think the composition works well, the red life buoy adding good f/g interest and detail; I don't think the rather harsh light was in your favour but you have still managed a pretty good shot, well exposed and without too excessive contrast.

paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 12:15 PM

Great pov.


Try going back at a different time of day .From your viewpoint that will be morning but depending on time of year not quite sure what time the sun will be round enough to light up the houses . Also not too sure about the red lifebelt . When they were in the old wooden red boxes they were a lot better feature .Shame about the boat cut into on the right hand edge.Neverthe less a great image ....Phil

BrianSS  9360 forum posts England38 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 12:58 PM

Unfortunately the time of day you have taken this has not been the best time, as previous comments have pointed out. I think the composition would have worked without the lifebelt, personally speaking I find it a bit too prominent. As Phil says try the shot again at a different time of the day when the houses will be illuminated, as it is the light is far too harsh . . . . or perhaps a twilight shot showing the street lights! Also you could have reduced the shutter speed and increased the aperture.

Last Modified By BrianSS at 19 Sep 2012 - 1:00 PM
xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 2:19 PM

Thank you Phil, thank you Brian for your advices and time.
I'm afraid that the only thing that I can't do is to go back to the places where I take photos... I agree that the "golden light" time is the best time for photo taken, but I don't have the "luxury", I have to cope with all sorts of the light what so ever..
I knew that the bouy was quite eye catching. What I wasn't sure was that it seems that the whole image was lock of something without the bouy.. I don't know lock of what, just feel it's a bit boring.. I just tried to clone off the bouy, (on MOD).. see what how we feel about the picture...
BTW, apart from brightening up the houses.. I forgot that I also brightened up the whole picture.. it was quite dark at S500&F11, even at 2pm...the sky was quite bright, I was worried about that it would be washed out if I got the houses at the right exposure.
I just thought that it was my poor PS work,I brightened it up too much.. I also uploaded a slightly brightened up version.. but it seemed too dark..
Thank you all...

paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 4:46 PM

I like the idea but the light is too harsh and you will struggle with that. It's not a bad image but softer lighting or evening light would be better.



Oooops sorry Jasmine I uploaded your Main image as a mod by mistake, so It looks like I have done you twoTongue My mod in mod 4. I had a go by taking a lot of contrast out firstly and then doing some aging to the image like I have mentioned before, I then desaturated it a bit. It was very harsh light to deal with. See what you thinkGrin



It is pity you can't visit soon again. Judging from the shadows and the map I have calculated you must have had taken this shot in the afternoon, and your exif date confirms my calculation. I think that the best light to change the picture would be coming from the East, during the morning. Probably at about )10am? For me the least appealing part of the picture is a result of light. The two tiers (?), promenades (?) look black - and I hope they are not-. None of the modifications has done any change to that. If they are black indeed I might have knelled to take the picture. The life-buoy can tell the viewer they are near sea or river, the size of it may had looked bigger and you could play with the houses sitting on lines or between the space of the ironwork as notes sit on a pentagram. You cold have all the blue sky yours to contrast the orange life-buoy ommitt the colour of the water (which looks unpleasant) and the black and you could have stayed with the white of teh houses playing with the white on the buoy. I hope you didn't finish exploring teh place and you go ther again one nice day.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2012 - 9:10 AM

Thank you very much Paul. Your comments are always invaluable and very much appreciated. The picture is not really the one in my mind and it's not what I saw.. the problem is that all the houses would be black if it was as what I saw, the light was beautiful..
Thank you Diane for your MOD, two.Grin..Yes, harsh light, my PS skill is not very good either..and I was a bit single track again, only thought of the composition, I wasn't careful with the light as I should be. I couldn't do your aging the photo, I'm aging myself well..Grin Thanks a lot.
Thank you Pablo, very clever calculation.. I'm permanent lost wherever I go..Smile. The initial thought of the composition was to use the rail, the sea and the houses as three "lines" ended to the left where the light source was...the buoy made a stronger starting point as I saw.. but I wasn't sure if it works or not. I actually took two photos at the same spot with two women sitting on a bench as foreground, but the colour was dull..I couldn't do anything about the light, and I rarely visit the same place twice, Whitby is a beautiful place,it's been over 15 years since my last visit...Thanks again.

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