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The bridge
The bridge

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Challenge: Leading Lines IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 28-105mm f/3.8-5.6 UC III Aspherical IF for Canon (Black)
Location: Lidköping
Date: Feb 17, 2008
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30s
Galleries: Urban, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Feb 19, 2008

A small bridge in a nearby town.
the shoot was taken in the dark. I wanted the empty grey mood for this picture.

Exposure on tripod. the pedesrtians wasn't still long enough to be visble. The crop wasn't what I planned to do from the beginning but I am pleased with the result.

Edited in Lightroom

Place: 148 out of 262
Avg (all users): 5.1651
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.9740
Avg (non-participants): 5.2695
Views since voting: 676
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 218
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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03/03/2008 08:28:58 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Let me start by saying that I like this picture. I like your other leading lines one better but this has a smooth feel to it. I think what may have dinged you was the fact that at the end of you’re leading lines you have a building that basically stops the lines. They do how ever LEAD you to the building but I think the people here on DPC expect the lines to lead off into the distance of a nothingness blur of a lake or a snowy top mountain. For the other few hundred people that take leading lines pictures, we come up with something like this.

Over all lighting of the picture is kind of dark. I think your aperture is a little low and should have been some where higher than F/10. While doing this it would allow more light to come into the lens and it would also create a little blur in your distance. Another thing that really catches my eyes in this picture is the fact that there is a LOT going on. I would normally tell people to look at the 1st place entry to see why theirs is so different but in this case I don’t think the 1st place entry has a leading line in it and to be honest I don’t think it meets the challenge, but that’s another story.

One thing you really want to do when shooting something like this is to make sure that you watch for other things around the camera. I see power lines, lights off both sides of the bridge, looks like maybe a house on the left side. Just make sure that you see these things before you actually shoot there. Would have it been any better or worse if you lowered the camera, or shot this from the other side of the bridge? Could you have improved the shot if you shot it during sun down or sunrise?

I see that you edited the picture in Lightroom. One thing about making black and whites in LR is you can really turn out some pretty cool pictures. Google the keywords “Lightroom, B&W” and see what comes up. I actually found some really cool How-to’s and I was able to do a lot with Lightroom.

If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them for you. If you don’t understand something I said please feel free to contact me for that as well. If you think this comment is helpful please mark it so, if not please let me know why it wasn’t.

Thanks and good luck.
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02/27/2008 12:16:25 PM
I was your 10. I love it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2008 08:29:34 PM
the grainy b/w works well here
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/24/2008 10:14:58 PM
A very moody entry... love the black and white
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/23/2008 01:50:38 AM
I like the gritty quality of this image, but like a lot of other images in this challenge, it lacks an interesting focal point. I want something to rest my eyes on rather than just going up and down the lines of the image. It gets tiring after a while.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/21/2008 11:30:50 AM
I am not sure whether there is an unambigious definition of leading lines, but in my book, they should be a line or several lines that lead the viewer's eye towards the main subject of the picture. I think that's not the case in this picture. Since I like the overall feel, contrast and lighting of the pic, I will still give it a 6, but expect to be voted down by quite a number of voters, because they feel it does not meet the challenge. Hope I am wrong though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/20/2008 08:20:53 PM
Would like to see a little more contrast in the bridge rails
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02/20/2008 06:39:44 PM
too dark
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