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Old 22nd June 2015
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Which one?

Had a trip up north last week, got these two shots from Corbridge. Which do you all prefer? Both with EM-1 and 12-40mm lens. Dramatic tone art filter. Anyone know what the factory is belching out the smoke?


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Re: Which one?

Number 2 for me Dave, good use of the dramatic tone effect
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Re: Which one?

#2 for me as well. The shot is improved by showing the gritty industrial town rooftoops implying (even if not true) that the belching smoke and the factory are dominating the town.
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Re: Which one?

Personally I prefer the portrait orientation of No. 1, but they're both very atmospheric.
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Re: Which one?

It's a chipboard factory. The first in England apparently, dates back to the early '60's.

http://www.egger.com/UK_en/hexham-plant.htm

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Re: Which one?

No 2 for me as well. Excellent shot.
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Re: Which one?

#2 for me; but both usable
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Thanks guys.
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Re: Which one?

I like them both but if I had to choose then it would be no#2 for me too. It gives some nice images that filter I just have to be careful not to overuse it.
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Re: Which one?

Houses eh? That's posh! I thought us northerners were supposed to live in holes in the road

Good shot Dave - esp. #2
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Re: Which one?

Yes No.2 for me too, although I like the first image too, just not quite as much as the second.

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Re: Which one?

No. 2 for me also the smoke makes the picture for me.
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Re: Which one?

#2 for the smoke and the texture in the brick wall.
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Re: Which one?

Hi there Sapper!

I've been looking between these two images for several minutes now, and I think I have realised why I prefer the second - not for the framing but because in the second the yellow stonework in the foreground is much more saturated, which adds to the picture in my opinion. You also seem to my eyes to have more contrast in the roof slates in the second image, which helps for me.

I certainly prefer the smoke in the second image, but the leading line of the roof pointing towards the smoke works better in the first image, and I prefer the smaller proportion of the new roof to the right of the picture in the first one.

All in all two great images, and very difficult for me to choose between them. Dramatic tone is the only art filter I use, and when used like this it is very effective, provided as you said earlier you don't start to over use it!

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Re: Which one?

Personally I think the second one is ridiculously over processed - it's a perfect example of why I dislike HDR-type software, everything looks like it's come from a computer game.
Yes there's perfectly good reasons for "tweaking" a shot (I'm as guilty as the next bloke), but I'd rather shoot in RAW and adjust to my taste rather than accept what the software thinks is "ok".
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