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Challenge: Silhouettes VIII (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm X-T2
Lens: Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Location: London
Date: Apr 6, 2017
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2200
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2017

The Silhouette of Tower Bridge in London, an international icon.

Statistics
Place: 42 out of 59
Avg (all users): 5.2807
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1538
Avg (non-participants): 5.3871
Views since voting: 131
Views during voting: 87
Votes: 57
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0


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05/05/2017 05:27:19 PM
Originally posted by Pixelstate:

Hi All,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think that the feedback is all valid.

I think that overall I fell into the trap of trying to re-create a shot that I captured of this scene earlier in the year. I pass this on my commute and in Winter this coincides with sun-rise so the light is more striking.

The composition is too busy and the scene has an overall 'muddy' feel...

Examples from dawn to illustrate my point... not perfect but better candidates with better separation of the boat and bridge (or isolating the bridge completely)
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1199434.jpg
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1199435.jpg

Thanks

Chris


I think either of these would have fared better, especially the isolated bridge. The issue with the entry is not only the comp, but the b/w conversion.
05/02/2017 03:16:07 PM
Hi All,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think that the feedback is all valid.

I think that overall I fell into the trap of trying to re-create a shot that I captured of this scene earlier in the year. I pass this on my commute and in Winter this coincides with sun-rise so the light is more striking.

The composition is too busy and the scene has an overall 'muddy' feel...

Examples from dawn to illustrate my point... not perfect but better candidates with better separation of the boat and bridge (or isolating the bridge completely)
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1199434.jpg
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1199435.jpg

Thanks

Chris
05/02/2017 12:38:50 PM
Hi Chris, welcome back. I see smog, a haze that softens the edges & surfaces. Soft light. It looks incidental & if this was my comp I would've tried to make it the subject somehow. Or, tried a polarizing filter when shooting to minimize it. The Tower Bridge is an icon, of course. This means your shot is competing with many others in my memory. Not to mention all the other famous bridges in my memory. To get a higher score, this has to make my mind linger longer, past the moment of recognition to the moment of discovery. Just my opinion, of course. Keep on clickin' Chris!
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05/02/2017 09:54:42 AM
Hi Chris
this is a fairly nice shot but not a picture above average.
The bridge - which is supposed to be the main object has too many "opponents" rivaling for the viewers eye. If it was my shot I would have tried a crop on the left side - the bridge doesn't to be in the centre.
The whole picture seems to be kind of hazy and washed out, maybe a little more contrast would have changed it for the better.
Your idea of leaving it in colour is hard to be evaluated since we don't know how clear or greyish the water and the sky would have been.
I hope this gives you a hint on what might be the reason for average votes imho
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05/02/2017 09:49:39 AM
I gave you a 5. I think it's OK for a silhouette, but there's too many things going on in this image. Where do you want me to focus on: the ship(s), the bridge, building to the right? And the background is quite distracting as well, cranes everywhere. Hope this will help. Cheers
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2017 11:17:12 PM
this is cool.
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