Re: Re: Lesson Six

Duncan Rawlinson

Truly stunning photograph. You’ve used the “magic hours”, an interesting location and aesthetically pleasing angles to create a beautiful picture. This photograph is a good example of many of the ideas discussed in the lessons up until this point.

Unlike many sunset pictures which lack depth, this picture has both a foreground, a middle-ground and a background. This alone makes this sunset picture standout from the hordes of others which lack the complexity of depth.

Not only your depth, but the triangular shape of the bridge make this photograph particularly interesting to me and many photography viewers. The sharp angles of triangles help add a dramatic feel to picture.

My main critique of this photograph is that I notice slight image distortion. This could have been caused by a few things. It could be because you’re shooting in lower light conditions and if you didn’t use a tripod or other stable surface then the slight camera shake could have caused this slight distortion. It could have been because of the low lighting conditions you had to use a higher ISO speed (i.e. 800 +). Many cameras don’t handle these conditions well and the result is a type of pixilation that is noticeable to most of your viewers.

With film cameras the result looks “grainy” and is sometimes even desirable. However, in this photograph the “grainyness” kind of looks like small patches of discoloration (as is the case with most digital cameras).

It’s harder to see when the image is smaller, but when enlarged it becomes very noticeable. Especially around the wires and outline of the bridge. This might just be the lighting limitation of your camera. And in that case, that’s fine. It’s just good to know what the limits of your hardware are. Shooting in low light conditions like this is very hard, but try to ensure you use a stabilizer like a rock or a tripod to take your shot. Also, remember, lower ISO speeds help get rid of that pixel distortion!

Great job. Keep up the good work!