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Got home around 6:30, saw the orange sunlight on my window, then grabbed my new 5D mark II, and my beloved 135 F/2 L, took the elevator to the top floor, and shot this:



F/10, ISO 640, 1/250s

Sorry, read the guild lines again, so I wrote some more:

with this shot I am trying shoot some scenary photos with tele lens, and to test the new toy to see how well it captures details in this lighten condition.

So comments in the composition, color and any other area you think might need improvements are all welcome!

Thanks a lot!
 

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Congratulations on your new toy. I would love to have one as well, haha.
But your shot is really big, too big for my screen. I can't see your image as a whole so I think I can't view the overall composition, nor comment on it as well.
 

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Congratulations on your new toy. I would love to have one as well, haha.
But your shot is really big, too big for my screen. I can't see your image as a whole so I think I can't view the overall composition, nor comment on it as well.
shrank the size, this time it should fit most screens, :)
 

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hmmm, did you silhouette the buildings on purpose?

from your little description of the scene, you were rushed, so yes, you can't really be faulted for what i'm going to say next.

i would have preferred you to use a GND to not silhouette the buildings.

also, i would have preferred a wider angle coverage. more space on the top (near the clouds) and the sides (left and right)

by the way, very nice clouds.

overall, nice colours.

OH, and enjoy your mkII. :D
 

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Rashkae

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What's your subject? The cranes? Or the clouds? The cranes are so large they're competing for attention. You should have left your "beloved" 135mm lens in the drycabinet and used a wider-angle lens.

Also, you didn't capture the actual sunset.
 

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hmmm, did you silhouette the buildings on purpose?

from your little description of the scene, you were rushed, so yes, you can't really be faulted for what i'm going to say next.

i would have preferred you to use a GND to not silhouette the buildings.

also, i would have preferred a wider angle coverage. more space on the top (near the clouds) and the sides (left and right)

by the way, very nice clouds.

overall, nice colours.

OH, and enjoy your mkII. :D
Thanks a lot! I do appreciate your constructive criticism!

unlike certain k*** member, who only flooded the forum with useless nonsense. - Yes, I do hate him for treating my thread very impolitely, and I do not intend to act humble to accept these kind of comments.

Yes, I did silhouette on purpose, I metered according to the clouds not the buildings below. the reason is that I want to show the details of the clouds, and I think showing a lot details in the building would otherwise distract viewer's attention away from the sky, however, I left barely enough detail in the buildings (well, visible in the original sized photo) as not to make them simply like black holes, :)

as for the angle, just want to try shooting scenary with tele lens, and the second reason is that this is the only "window of view" I can see the clouds anyway, a lot of HDB on the left and right side of my viewfinder...
 

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What's your subject? The cranes? Or the clouds? The cranes are so large they're competing for attention. You should have left your "beloved" 135mm lens in the drycabinet and used a wider-angle lens.

Also, you didn't capture the actual sunset.
thanks!

hmm, the cranes are a little protruding... I wanted to use the buildings as foreground, because I think a photo with only the clouds might be boring, a little foreground would be nice. but seems with the large crane there, the clouds became background... ;p
 

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Thanks a lot! I do appreciate your constructive criticism!

unlike certain k*** member, who only flooded the forum with useless nonsense. - Yes, I do hate him for treating my thread very impolitely, and I do not intend to act humble to accept these kind of comments.

Yes, I did silhouette on purpose, I metered according to the clouds not the buildings below. the reason is that I want to show the details of the clouds, and I think showing a lot details in the building would otherwise distract viewer's attention away from the sky, however, I left barely enough detail in the buildings (well, visible in the original sized photo) as not to make them simply like black holes, :)

as for the angle, just want to try shooting scenary with tele lens, and the second reason is that this is the only "window of view" I can see the clouds anyway, a lot of HDB on the left and right side of my viewfinder...
hmmm, if i were to have shot that with a tele, i would probably have used an even longer lens. about 300mm. then you would have your perfect sunset without the distraction of the cranes, buildings and etc.

oh, yes, you really should do a write up when you post here. though i'm not that anal about it, some others are.
 

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hello guys, stick to the subject matter.

don't get personal.


and to one and all, read THIS again.


what we want are your critiques and suggestions for improvement, that is all.


I don't think that it is that difficult to ask of?


to CSers who would like to post some critiques/comments in Critique Corner, Eikin posted many useful posts on how to give a fair critique, please take some time and read through.
 

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yes, please read eikin's writeup on critique giving. i also find the actions of a certain member which is mentioned above to be very scary.

xavier - the compositional idea is there. but it is not executed well. the clouds are weirdly cropped, i would love to see more of them; and you have left in distracting elements like the block of black next to the cranes. the cranes are fine, paired with nice clouds, they make for a certain sort of minimalism. but here you have not done it properly.

remember, adjusting yourself during a shot can make all the difference. i would rather get a good shot. if you worry you miss the moment, snap one, and then readjust and recompose.
 

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