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#1 ChrisWeeks3d



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:59 PM

This was completely unplanned - went out chasing after a sunset which didn't pan out (as usual :( ) and decided to use the opportunity to learn something new.  And I liked it!  I like the way the colors come out, I like the surface of the water with the long exposure, I like the streaks of headlights.  Not sure if I love or hate the flares on the lights on the hill...  Anyhoo, c&c welcome - f/13, ISO 100, 26mm, 20s



#2 David Pavlich

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:02 AM

Two things; first, I'd move left just a bit to keep the plants in the right foreground out of the frame.  The other is there's a couple of sensor spots on the upper right.  This sort of shot is going to make those spots very visible. Easy to remove in LR or PS.


I like the diffraction spikes on the bright lights and the streaking of the vehicle lights.



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 05:16 PM

Great capture. I really like it. + 1 on the plants in the foreground are a bit distracting.  Looks like it would be a good place to experiment with different lighting.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:59 AM

Interesting pic for sure, lots to look at.... I like it too. A bit of a challenge to capture everything and that is usually where my pics fail, for as Steve says "isolate and simplify" which seems to work well in most subjects, in landscape..? Hmm.  In this pic I suspect if you had isolated the foreground of water and piling that might have been interesting and created a simpler exposure setting..? 


The choices to include the electric lighting of the homes street lights etc. etc was well handled in terms of exposure as was the nice lighting relative to the time of day, so quite a lot to contend with to catch it all in- camera, as opposed to that which can be achieved in PP sitting in the comfort of home..(-:


The car lights dissect the pic to some degree as do the lines of the telegraph poles, such things can be leading lines though in this pic they seem not to lead anywhere. It seems a good idea to add foreground interest such as the bush, though in this case the movement in the leaves is varied which seems to cause a measure of confusion to my eyes..


Just my very inexpert opinion given you sought CC..... I think you did extremely well given all you were trying to capture. Thanks for posting. 

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 12:53 PM

To me the light flares on the hill help to draw the viewers eyes to the top of the hill. Otherwise they might just stay focused on the water and street.

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:22 AM

My eyes went straight to the lights then down and over the rest of the picture. Well done and another +1 for moving to remove the plants from the foreground. 

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