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    Default Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton



    1. What area is critique to be sought?
    - Is it clear enough without a tripod?

    2. What one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    - Capturing the nice sunset with the vast city in view.

    3. Under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    - Impending storm coming

    4. What the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture?
    - Overwhelm by the coming storm.

    Please kindly feel free to comment. Greatly appreciate it.
    Many thanks in advance!

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    Last edited by Kopred; 19th August 2010 at 07:57 AM.

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    Default Re: Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton

    horizon's a little tilted

    somethings got to anchor the image.... either a more dramatic (late) sky or something in the foreground

    you seem an hour too early for the sunset

    best of luck the next time round'
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    1) Horizon is tilted
    2) There is no subject or main focus point to capture the interest of the viewer
    3) It seems like more like a snap shot than a sunset taken with a tripod. Since you are armed with a tripod, you should have waited when the lights are better/dimmer and you can do long exposure, which would yield more interesting effect (eg. moving clouds)
    4) It doesnt seem like an impeding storm to me, and I dont feel overwhelmed by the clouds either.

    Try again next time at a better timing. Take more, post more, learn more

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    Default Re: Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton

    Perhaps with stronger saturated colours and more dramatic clouds, it would have been a better pic
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    You may want to keep the rule of thirds in mind, especially if you're just starting off in photography. Your horizon should be positioned 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the photo. It'll make for a better composition.

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    try going back to pinnacle and shoot again after you've read the comments of bros and sis here... it will help a lot, and you will see a big difference.

    for now, this shot CMI... please don't take this negatively, am just being straight forward... since you put it in critique corner, means you are open for criticisms. keep shooting!
    Why so serious... Son?

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    - skies are over blown
    - buildings are distorted
    - too much of nothing (skies)

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    Thanks everyone for the comments.
    I find the buildings on the left side seems to be alittle bit bend.
    Any idea why is this so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopred View Post
    Thanks everyone for the comments.
    I find the buildings on the left side seems to be alittle bit bend.
    Any idea why is this so?
    that is perspective distortion / key stone effect.

    nightmare has taken much effort to write this article, pls read

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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    that is perspective distortion / key stone effect.

    nightmare has taken much effort to write this article, pls read

    A Basic Guide to Processing Wide Angle Photographs in Photoshop CS2
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=358469
    Hi DennisKee,
    Thanks for the link.

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    1) Horizon tilted - It's a good habit to keep your horizon as straight as possible. Although it can be easily adjusted through post processing, the photo is subjected to cropping depending on how tilted is the horizon.

    2) Lack of subject - Perhaps you can look for something that stands out or prominent such as landmarks, if not tall buildings, if not available, roads such as expressways forms curves and patterns are good in your composition too.

    3) Rules of third - Position the horizon 1/3 from the bottom if your key subject is the sky, or 2/3 if you intend to show more cities.

    4) Exposure - The sky looks quite overexposed. You might wanna try under expose slightly when you shooting this again. Remember, you can salvage an underexposed shot through post processing, but there's nothing you can do to an overexposed shot!

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    1. The picture seems clear enough. Horizon i little tilt but you can correct with software.

    2&3. "Nice sunset" and "impending storm" doesnt sound hormonious. The top half of the photo has the element of "Nice sunset" & lower part is "impending storm". Put both together it became a mundane scene. Focus on one.

    4. No doubt at the moment you are overwhelmed by the coming storm but hardly felt from the photo. In this case you could recomposed to include more foreground and less blue sky. The impact of the impending storm will be stronger.

    Good try anyway!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kopred View Post


    1. What area is critique to be sought?
    - Is it clear enough without a tripod?

    2. What one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    - Capturing the nice sunset with the vast city in view.

    3. Under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    - Impending storm coming

    4. What the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture?
    - Overwhelm by the coming storm.

    Please kindly feel free to comment. Greatly appreciate it.
    Many thanks in advance!

    (Nikon D90 18-105mm ED VR)

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    My humble suggestion -

    1) Composition
    Rule of 1/3 ... you can google it relatively easily... composition is the basis of everything... note the horizon as well.. you could use a tripod or pivot yourself against the railing or something... too much open space in the picture is not desirable, unless you have a very strong subject...

    2) Sky overexposed / Landscape underexposed
    you might one to try reading up on high dynamic range photography... using that technique will enable you to have both a properly exposed sky and landscape...

    continue shooting and we will see your masterpiece in no time!
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    Maybe you may want to take away the housing and just focus on the sky instead.

    Or you may want to use the rule of the third.

    Whatever it is, I feel that your picture is blemished by the thin strip of housing blocks.

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    Default Re: Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton

    -tilted
    -low contrast
    -too much sky (less fore ground)

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    this could be a learning point,like what the rest has surfaced...though perhaps a first try, it could pave way for improvements later. in anycase..keep shooting...! hope to see more from you.

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    Default Re: Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton

    for my point of view it's just a wrong timing..
    maybe if you wait for another 30-45 mins the sunset will look more dramatic

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    Default Re: Sunset from Pinnacle @ Duxton

    Quote Originally Posted by cirenaiht View Post
    for my point of view it's just a wrong timing..
    maybe if you wait for another 30-45 mins the sunset will look more dramatic
    i concur.

    something like this:


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