lion with a fish tail


shiosaki

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hi friends
please feel free to give me comments
much appreciated for all your help


E-PM1, 14-42, ISO200, 33mm, f/5.0, 1/30s




1. in what area is critique to be sought?
anything, composition, angle, exif, pp or any other ways to improve or change

2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
a nice picture that is pleasing to the viewer and maybe look at this statue in a different light

3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
in the day....with lots of tourists around me :D

4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
i like this picture myself thus putting up for critique
 

thoongeng

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Jan 26, 2010
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good that you put the merlion on the top right, opposite to where it's facing

however the sky is too bright and blown so distracting from the main subject.
i'm also a bit disorientated by the tilt

thanks for sharing =)
 

pokiemon

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same. background overexposed. white balance is off. why tilt?
 

shiosaki

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hey guys!
thanks for all the comments!
really appreciate it.

could you guys tell me the specifics, eg what i did wrongly other than the tilting?
my reason for tilting was to see the full stream of water, at least till its going downwards.

i understand the oversaturated part. will take note when doing pp.

but what does shadow block up mean? is it the black portion right behind the statue?

also, can someone teach me a way to highlight the merlion more but wouldnt overdo it? because the i was thinking of a way to highlight it and push the buildings to a lighter tone.

thanks guys!
great way to learn! :)
 

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thoongeng

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Will need to re-shoot it when the sky is not so bright, or have to use some HDR techniques. There's too much difference between the bright and the dark areas, and the camera sensor is not able to handle it, unlike our eyes. So the bright areas become pure white (which likely looked blue to your eyes), and the dark/shadow areas become pure black (thus 'shadow blocked up'), and no details can be seen.

Not sure what you're mean by 'highlight the merlion more' though...
 

pokiemon

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in short, HDR takes multiple pictures at different exposure and software will stitch a picture with the "correct" exposure.

alternatively, change your shooting position by standing on the other side of the merlion (where the sun is behind you).
 

shiosaki

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thanks guys.
i think i know what you mean.
if i happen to be there again, i will reshoot and post again.

thanks for your time :)
 

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