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    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    Post-processing, composition

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    Trying to create a HDR image, with a slight surreal heavenly effect.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Photo of the sunset from the Esplanade roof top. Was in awe when i saw how the sunlight came out from behind some rain clouds and buildings, wanted to capture the moment to create a Heavenly feel to the pic.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    i feel the buildings might be a bit underexposed, not too sure if the plants and roof of the esplanade should be kept in or cropped out.


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    The plants are brighter and I do keep looking at them.

    Nice bougainvillas .
    I didn't notice the buildings as much as i did the flowers.

    Nice bougainvillas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Galen82 View Post
    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    Post-processing, composition

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    Trying to create a HDR image, with a slight surreal heavenly effect.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Photo of the sunset from the Esplanade roof top. Was in awe when i saw how the sunlight came out from behind some rain clouds and buildings, wanted to capture the moment to create a Heavenly feel to the pic.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    i feel the buildings might be a bit underexposed, not too sure if the plants and roof of the esplanade should be kept in or cropped out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    The plants are brighter and I do keep looking at them.

    Nice bougainvillas .
    I didn't notice the buildings as much as i did the flowers.

    Nice bougainvillas.
    hi to TS,
    i agree slightly that the bougainvillas are slightly distracting because they are the sharp ones in the picture
    and the main focus which is the buildings are kind of shrouded in a mist.

    maybe you can take a look at rh89's work in the land/cityscapes section
    i think he works with these flares and direct sun shots very well

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiosaki View Post
    hi to TS,
    i agree slightly that the bougainvillas are slightly distracting because they are the sharp ones in the picture
    and the main focus which is the buildings are kind of shrouded in a mist.

    maybe you can take a look at rh89's work in the land/cityscapes section
    i think he works with these flares and direct sun shots very well
    i think rh89 is a she.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galen82 View Post
    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    Post-processing, composition

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    Trying to create a HDR image, with a slight surreal heavenly effect.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Photo of the sunset from the Esplanade roof top. Was in awe when i saw how the sunlight came out from behind some rain clouds and buildings, wanted to capture the moment to create a Heavenly feel to the pic.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    i feel the buildings might be a bit underexposed, not too sure if the plants and roof of the esplanade should be kept in or cropped out.

    The buildings are underexposed because they are back lit. This photo looks more like you were trying to save the details in the buildings with HDR rather than using the technique to enhance the photo. Foreground is messy and buildings are converging. Doesn't work for me.

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    I think it's ok to keep the foreground, as it adds a sense of depth to the photo. correct the verticals and underexposure/backlighting of the buildings as others have suggested. in addition, i would also suggest correcting the white balance.
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    Thanks for the advise. I was using HDR to capture the details in the lights and clouds. I purposely left the buildings a little underexposed to create a more mystical feel to it, but i get your points. I'm guessing the photo works for some and not for others. Hard to follow who is right or wrong in it haha

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    Hi there,

    Really like the angle of it but just that if I were you, I would crop away the foreground as I feel that it is quite distracting.
    But after cropping the photo feels kinda too tight but yeah I still feel it's better than the previous foreground.
    Would love to see more contrast from the sky and buildings. Just my opinion, not a pro.
    Did some editing to your photo and that's the results. Nice picture anyway, cheers.

    Last edited by mcsucram; 19th January 2013 at 02:57 AM.

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