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    Although I have put this image into the "Shadows" forum, I have decided to put it up for critique.

    On a recent holiday we were visiting the Cultural Centre and this was part of the building - more attractive from this position than from outside looking at the whole of the building.




    Audrey

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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    Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    I'm not knowledgable enough to offer serious critique on this shot but I do know that I like it very much. All those lines and verticals along with the mosaic floor make it very appealing.
    Not sure about the 2 persons being there though or that small section of red at the far end.
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    • #3
      Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

      I would replace that back bit with a darker shade as it is a bit distracting! Here I used magic wand & colour sampler, however it's a very rough example of what I mean!
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      • #4
        Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

        Hi Jocelyn

        I had decided to enter it for one of our Photographic Society Monthly Competitions and last night I did what you have suggested, because I could see that it looked blown. ATM it is filed as Work in Progress, because I didn't have time to finish it, however, your comment confirms that I was on the right track.

        I have also straightened it somewhat using the wall in the far distance as the guidline.

        I'll probably post the finished copy.

        Thanks for yours and Pops trouble to comment it is much appreciated.
        Audrey

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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        • #5
          Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

          Those little tweaks do the trick for me
          Dave R
          Cheers
          Dave R

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          • #6
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            I have had another go at it - straightened, and put foliage in the end. Do you think this is an improvement?

            I do, but I feel it's a bit noisy and I somehow lost my Neat Image in my old computer so don't have any Noise Reduction software any more. I know PS appears to have some under Filters, but it doesn't seem to work for me.

            Does anyone know of any Free good Noise Reduction Software?

            Comments and further critique would be appreciated on my last adjustment.

            Thanks.
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            Audrey

            https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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            • #7
              Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

              Originally posted by Autumn View Post
              I have had another go at it - straightened, and put foliage in the end. Do you think this is an improvement?

              I do, but I feel it's a bit noisy and I somehow lost my Neat Image in my old computer so don't have any Noise Reduction software any more. I know PS appears to have some under Filters, but it doesn't seem to work for me.

              Does anyone know of any Free good Noise Reduction Software?

              Comments and further critique would be appreciated on my last adjustment.

              Thanks.
              Audrey, its my opinion that I wouldn't enter this for your club competition, if you want a winner that is for me there is too much compromising it in terms of quality, not to mention composition, though I can see what you were trying to achieve.

              The picture does seem inherently noisy, maybe iso200 on your Fuji is the cause, but also because there was too much shadow which you have had to lift, I'm not sure how the original looked.

              There are too many blown highlights which possibly leave it open to criticism by the judges.

              Then there is leaning left wall which you have tried to correct but its still not perfect. You have some barrel distortion, which you could possibly correct in PS under Filters,Distort.

              The latest version does seem to suffer from more chroma noise esp on the floor area. Lightroom has a filter for noise reduction and you could experiment with the Luminance and chroma sliders.

              At the end of the day you have to decide whether there is enough potential in the shot to justify the extra work.
              Stephen

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              • #8
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                Thanks Stephen. Much appreciated. I have already sent the entry, as I am not one of the top photographers, and it is the last competition of the season, I am not too bothered, but of course, I like to get a reasonable score.

                I think the whole seems to have degraded somewhat from the original, I expect it is because I have messed about with it quite a bit.

                Anyway thanks. I will have a look at the Lightroom Noise Reduction.
                Audrey

                https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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                • #9
                  Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

                  Really like this abstract kind of shot, well spotted and one I would have taken myself. I like the human interest and would crop from the bottom up halfway to the first squares in the floor and just a shade from the left, and it seems to be leaning to the right a little or could be the lens fault, so straightening would be good. A brill sense of depth and lovely colour.
                  I have not read any other comments on this one so I hope im somewhere on the money!
                  cheers
                  Ash.
                  http://www.ftmphotography.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

                    Originally posted by ash View Post
                    I have not read any other comments on this one so I hope I'm somewhere on the money!

                    Ash.

                    Thanks Ash. I know it's not perfect, but I still like it. I had already straightened it and added some foliage to the far end. That it what should have been there to some extent.

                    Here is the edited version:

                    http://dpnow.com/forum2/attachment.p...5&d=1206353600
                    Audrey

                    https://www.flickr.com/photos/autumn36/

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