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Battle of Stirling Bridge 1297 (but don't attack on a holiday Monday, as we are shut)
Battle of Stirling Bridge 1297 (but don't attack on a holiday Monday, as we are shut)

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Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE E223
Location: Stirling
Date: May 3, 2004
Aperture: 6.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/431
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2004

First time in Stirling
First Landscape

Place: 57 out of 187
Avg (all users): 5.8494
Avg (commenters): 7.0833
Avg (participants): 5.8384
Avg (non-participants): 5.8657
Views since voting: 1864
Votes: 166
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/22/2004 09:39:37 PM
Hi Kevin and * Greetings from the Critique Club *

Oh my gosh! Your first landscape! You should not have done the first one because now you're hooked.

The image is very well done with superb exposure, focus and loads of interest. Compositionally, it rather violates the "norm" by placing the lead-in line on the top right instead of the bottom left. But - the good news is that it works perfectly for this shot! The viewer enters from the right side of the bridge and then can explore the arches, the distant landscape and water at will.

So - we nearly all agree it's a superb image (me and most of your commenters); the question is, "What can we do to make a superb image even better?"

I think one of the commenters hit the nail on the head - it "needs" one place for the eye to rest. Picture something like this:

a) A person in colorful clothes sitting with their legs haging down at the far end of the bridge. (Just past the square pillar.)

or b) A bird flying in front of the clouds just above the square pillar.

or c) A old horse-drawn wagon crossing the bridge - if that's even possible - so that it would be in view.

Having said all that, remember that it's a great landscape, and an awesome "first landsacpe."

Keep shooting and sharing!


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 09:14:03 PM
Like the image, very much...good exposure, the color looks a bit off in the greens, but the blues are Ok as is the bridge....your title is too long and the paranthetic explanation could have been cropped....as it were.....In short....Image good...title bad. fortunately the image gets the score.
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05/15/2004 04:11:25 PM
great title!!
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05/15/2004 03:57:50 PM
Debenhams isn`t ..my wife`s always in there spending my cash :(

Seriously..very photogenic subject well captured...good composition and nice use of perspective.
Hope this does well.
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05/13/2004 09:42:08 AM
Crisp, clear, and beautiful. Excellent job keeping so much detail in the shadowed areas without overexposing the sky. The colour is superb, and the composition is well balanced.
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05/12/2004 12:39:22 PM
A lovely rendition of the the curves of the bridge, the plants at its base and the blue water. Also, the textures of stone and plants are great. It won't affect the score for the picture - but what a cornball title!
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05/12/2004 01:16:48 AM
good color and exposure level... but nothing that says wow
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05/11/2004 09:07:14 PM
I want it to be slightly sharper. But love the arches descending in size
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05/10/2004 11:35:01 PM
This has all the elements of a great photo, and good composition. I've scored it well, but am teetering: there still seems to be something missing. Perhaps it just misses the beginning or end--there's neither a starting point or an end to the bridge. And if the bridge isn't the focal point, what is?
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05/10/2004 11:32:33 PM
Beautiful photograph....think it would have looked better on a clear day, but cant help that, clouds seem to have a mind of their own :) No place like that around here :( well not that I know of anyway.
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05/10/2004 07:55:36 PM
Such crisp and vibrant color and a great perspective!!!!!
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05/10/2004 06:31:34 PM
A little bit less contrast between the sky and the foreground would have been more appropriate here.
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05/10/2004 12:53:23 AM
Very nice one of my favorites in this challenge, lovely colors excellent composition. good luck in the challenge.
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