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Copyright: Derrick Hanzo (afderrick) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 1 N: 83] (1046)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 450D Rebel XSi, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Neutral Density
Exposure: f/3.5
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-23 4:15
Viewed: 1411
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot of the St. Louis skyline as seen from the area surrounding the Arch of St. Louis. I hope you enjoy.
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Hi Derrick,
I like the view and how you have tried to used a natural frame. In some cases I like lens distortion, but then it needs to be very obvious and extreem. In this case the lens distorsion isn't enough to give me that idea. I would in this case correct it so that the buildings are standing up straight. I am not sure why you used a ND filter. The only thing this filter will do is to slow down the shutter speed, and there is nothing that can benefit from it. It did result in a slightly hazy photo which can be corrected with adjusting the levels. Better to use a grad ND or a CP filter.


P.S. An aperture of 3.5 doesn't do you much good on getting a good DOF. Better to use a smaller one.

beautiful cityscape, nice compo

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-05-23 5:58]

Hi Derrick,

I think this shot has a lot of potential, and Niek has given some excellent advice and suggestions. When I first looked at this, the main thing that stood out for me is the lens distortion, which I also think doesn't work properly in this case. It will take a bit of work to correct in pp, but I think it would be worth it. I would suggest trying an aperture of f/10 for greater DOF.

Best regards,

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