by moondoggieComment by Manic: Critique Club comment
The most striking thing about this photo is the contrast between the area in shadow and the rest of the landscape. This makes the foreground on the right really pop out, thus drawing attention to the building on top of this outcrop - great choice of focal point, by the way.
The lines of the shot lead the eye across the frame nicely, but I'd be interested to see if it was possible to take this shot from higher up (so that more of the river is in view), or slightly lower down (so that the foreground outcrop covers the background river & hills).
The background is an integral part of this landscape shot, so much is covered above. However, I can add that the sky (and the distant hills) are getting a bit grainy, even with as low an ISO as 50, so perhaps a slightly longer exposure with a narrower aperture would help avoid that, but that really depends on your camera as much as anything.
Both the focus and the DoF are good on this shot. As for the lighting, as many other people suggested in their comments, it may have been worth going up there at a different time of day (if possible), to get the light coming at a different angle.
FYI, I think you've got your Aperture and Shutter values mixed up - the aperture should probably be F2.0, and thus the Shutter time should be 1/650th sec :o)
Since you've not provided any details, I can only guess as to what post processing you've done, if any. The mane thing about this shot is obviously the balance between the very dark shadows and the very light, even hazy, sunlit areas - perhaps some (more) levels adjustments would help cool the lit areas, without losing the details in the shadows... but this might not be possible, of course, in which case this is probably the best compromise.
I personally think that this shot absolutely meets the "landscape" challenge, and is an impressive vista, held together nicely by the focal point of the building. Definitely an above-average shot, just short of being great.
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