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Old 12th November 2008
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Comments please, a difficult exposure to get right

Hi All

May I have your comments on this image please? I took a few test shots from this location, and investigated them on the E-3 histogram etc, and spotted that some areas were a tad dark, and others were too bright. So, I tried a few alternate settings and metering to see if I could get a decent exposure on it.

As you can see, the image has a wide range of shadows & highlights, so I used an ND4 Graduated filter AND a polarising filter too in an attempt to get the best metered result!

Not sure if I have done so, and hence am asking for your comments please. Ta.

I have made a very slight crop to the original image, maybe a hundred or so pixels that's all - as on the very left of the original image were metal railings and a barrier hiding a construction site. I increased the 'clarity' slider a little, but nothing else was amended.


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Re: Comments please, a difficult exposure to get right

I wonder if it needs a bit more contrast? I've seen some brilliant work by some other photographers who can take an image like this and through intensive post processing add some amazing dyanmic effect. Such techniques can involve darkening the corners of the frame, adding noise and increasing contrast, and also careful dodging an burning.

By the way, the bridge in the distance, are the towers actually vertical, neither look vertical in the picture

I do like the composition, though - it's a tough image to develop!

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Re: Comments please, a difficult exposure to get right

Hi John

I've just had a play with the limited sized Jpeg above in lightroom (Hope you dont mind ), and found that there is a lot of scope for giving the image a little more 'punch' with around +14 Saturation, +17 Recovery +2 Fill Light and aounf 2/3 stop +ve exposure (for my taste anyway)

Looking at the histogram its a well exposed image with little data lost due to lowlights and highlights so well done on the ND4 and CPL for keeping it all in check.

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Re: Comments please, a difficult exposure to get right

I like the composition and light but would definitely want to work this file a lot more.

Probably most of all I struggle with the sdark shadow on both the near and far banks. At the very least I would want to bring up the posts a fair bit.
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