St. Michael's Mount by night
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14-07-12, 01:14 PM
Join Date: May 2011
I'm so glad you posted this shot for critique because I was just looking at it in the gallery’s and I'm never sure if I should leave critique on images in there or not .
First of all I'd like to say that I really like the idea behind the shot , St Michael's is such a beautiful location and such a well photographed one that it's hard to find a different point of view but what you have done in using it as the backdrop is very refreshing .
Now for the critique , first of all is the horizon , I don't know what software you use but I should think that most of them have the ability not only to straighten the horizon but also to deal with barrel distortion , it's one of those things that really stands out when you view an image and you can't help but be distracted by it .
The whole image seems very soft but I'm not sure if it's due to a bit of movement during the 30 sec exposure or it's the way you set up the camera in the first place . My understanding of the best way to get a sharp image from front to back is to use the hyperfocal distance for focusing , this can be worked out with the use of a chart but off the top of my head the last settings that I used was some thing like aperture priority f/16 and manual focus at about 3m but as a rule of thumb you would use a narrow aperture and focus about 1/3 of the way into the scene , I definitely don't think that focusing to infinity is the right way to go .
Just my views as always
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