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Aug 09, 2014 16:41 |  #1

Just seeing what other people say ab out this. Any tips, CC, compliments? Show with a Canon 70D, bulb mode, F22 @19 seconds, ISO 100 and 28mm. No polarizers or ND filters.

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Aug 09, 2014 18:18 |  #2

I am not sure if the vignetting adds something to the image. Nice colours. The composition jars a bit with the TV tower being too much in the centre. Would have been more balanced with that tower more to the left, because it tends to catch they eye.
May be a little more light to get some definition in the cluster bottom left.


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Aug 09, 2014 20:36 |  #3

Okay. Thanks buddy. I'll keep those in mind next time.


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Aug 13, 2014 00:59 |  #4

Nice colors. The composition cuts the frame through the center, generally not a great idea. Not sure which way I would go since neither sky nor water holds more interest. Agree on more light.

And definitely agree on losing the vignette.

And I'm not sure if that shoreline is level....


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Aug 13, 2014 01:51 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #5

1) I think the horizon line is too low. I'd personally move it up to around the top third horizontal line. NOT because that conforms to the "rule of thirds" but instead because it bisects the image in two and there's nothing happening in the top half. The sky doesn't deserve equal weight because nothing is happening there.

2) I love the colors. And I love the CONCEPT of the silhouetted stuff. However, I'm not sure it's working here. My problem is with how the "stuff" translates into a silhouette. Turning something into a silhouette distills it into a shape, but I have a problem with the shapes here. The treeline is interesting as a recognizable treeline, but it just looks all block and clunky once it has been made solid black. Would it look better if it wasn't a silhouette? I don't know. But I don't think it works here, it's just a big fat clunky line that seems to have no order to it. And I dislike the foreground silhouettes too, but for a different reason. While the treeline is at least recognizable as a treeline, I can't tell what the stuff in the foreground even is. The shape of the silhouette just comes off as some junk in the water. And that makes it hard for me to relate the foreground to the background since the shapes in the foreground are vague enough that I can't really determine what they are. If I don't know what I'm looking at, how can I see how it relates to the other stuff?




  
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Aug 13, 2014 16:28 |  #6

I don't really mind that the horizon cuts through the center of this shot, maybe because of the color transition carried through to the reflection in the lake.

All that I really find distracting is the vignette (even though it compliments the dark aspects of the shot somewhat) and the two lights next to each other in the right of the tree line.

Great shot overall, and I love the colors!


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Aug 13, 2014 18:16 |  #7

Thanks for the input everybody(critique and compliments)! I see your points on the silhouettes and vignette. Would a panoramic type be any better? I know it's not the normal wide pano view but would it help any?


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Aug 14, 2014 06:41 |  #8

The main problem I see is the angle you shot this. Looks like you were on an eye-level tripod. the result is that the interesting object in the foreground is way to separated from the mid and background.

If you lowered your view to almost level with that foreground subject I believe you would have had quite a good shot. Lowering would have also allowed you to limit the excess sky.

the vignetting simply looks amateurish.


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Aug 14, 2014 07:33 |  #9

Lose the vignette. I'd crop the sky to bring the horizon to the top third, and the stuff in the water to the bottom third. Liking the colors, but perhaps next time do several exposures and combine to get a bit more light on the shadows which are quite blocked.


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