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01/26/2017 06:42:35 AM · #1
My cityscape photo was close to the bottom, and while I didn't think it was amazing, I thought it would do a bit better. Anyone have any thoughts on how to improve this photo? Thanks!

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01/26/2017 09:27:37 AM · #2
it is a bit dark for me
01/26/2017 09:54:10 AM · #3
You've chosen a very difficult task... photographing a scene with high dynamic range. The sun horizon event brightness on the mountain ridge versus the city detail in the unlighted (still shaded) areas represents about 10 stops of dynamic range. Your camera can capture about 5 stops of that light. That's why the foreground is underexposed.
01/26/2017 10:01:20 AM · #4
Beyond technical issues with exposure, there's really just nothing there to grab our interest; just a mostly undifferentiated field of bluish gray with no place to rest our eyes and contemplate.
01/26/2017 10:25:26 AM · #5
in addition to what Richard mentioned I find my eyes always wandering to the two posts... is it a fence or posta of a power supply line? I personally would have preferred the view without those posts. A few steps forward might have helped, but maybe that wasn't possible
01/27/2017 05:56:48 AM · #6
Its looking really beautiful. A very good shot indeed.
01/27/2017 06:05:29 AM · #7
I think you should have made two versions of this image in PP (one with good exposure on the sky, the other on the foreground) and combine it to get an image with better exposure.
As for composition, I think those two vertical poles on the foreground are quite distracting. Maybe should have cropped the image between these two poles.
01/27/2017 09:26:34 AM · #8
Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to give these a shot.
01/27/2017 01:30:45 PM · #9
Originally posted by Kroburg:

I think you should have made two versions of this image in PP (one with good exposure on the sky, the other on the foreground) and combine it to get an image with better exposure.

If you don't want to deal with merging photos you can accomplish much the same effect by using Adjustment Layers (e.g. Curves) through masks -- see my "How-to" article River Bend for an example.
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