Lesson 4 assignment

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    Charles Netzler

    Here i used a rather dark piece of plastic as and ND filter. After taking the photo it came out with a strong magenta but after tweaking the white balance it back around.

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    Charles Netzler

    Also im having trouble? I signed up with the gold membership (lifetime) But i cant access lessons 5 and up no longer?

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi Charles,

    Thanks for submitting another assignment. Your account should be fixed and everything should be working.

    If not please email office@photographyicon.com to get it fixed up.

    Now onto the critique.

    Here is the exif data for this image.


    Date Time Original: 2014:07:12 23:12:00
    Exposure Time: 89
    F Number: f / 8
    ISO Speed Ratings: 50
    Metering Mode: Pattern
    Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
    Focal Length: 24mm
    White Balance: Manual white balance
    Make: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    LensInfo: 24/1 24/1 0/0 0/0
    LensModel: EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
    LensSerialNumber: 0000409158
    Lens: EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
    Exif Version:
    Color Space: 65535
    Pixel X Dimension: 5052
    Pixel Y Dimension: 2136
    Date Time Digitized: 2014:07:12 23:12:00
    Subsec Time: 06
    Subsec Time Original: 06
    Subsec Time Digitized: 06
    Shutter Speed Value: -6.48
    Aperture Value: 6
    Max Aperture Value: 1
    Focal Plane X Resolution: 160
    Focal Plane Y Resolution: 160
    Focal Plane Resolution Unit: 4
    Custom Rendered: Normal process
    Scene Capture Type: Standard
    Saturation: Normal
    ExifIFDPointer: 220
    Orientation: 1
    X Resolution: 240
    Y Resolution: 240
    Resolution Unit: 2
    Date Time: 2014:07:13 19:32:02
    Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
    DateCreated: 2014-07-12T23:12:00.006

    You’ve done a really nice job here on quite a few things. You’ve shot at an interesting time of day, you’ve used some good camera settings and achieved an interesting image. Experimentation is great! Just be ready for experimentation to produce some odd results. For instance look at the chromatic aberration going on here.

    The colors feel just a bit too unrealistic as well but that’s totally ok. There is no rule saying everything has to look like reality.

    One thing to note here is that you’ve lost all detail in all of the dark areas. The entire lower left corner of the frame is blacked out. I can see that you wanted to include the light trails from the cars passing by but I would suggest a potentially more interesting image would be a closer image of those buildings. (attached) Alternatively you’d need some detail in those dark areas.

    The key here is that you’ve tried using a filter, in this case a piece of plastic that produced some interesting results. So good job here. I would advise that you buy a proper ND filter. Your local camera store may have some pre-owned NDs or even check online for some good deals. For the most part ND filters are very very useful for images like this.

    Nice job here, just remember filters can be very very useful so I highly recommend playing around with them more.

    See you on the next assignment.


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    Charles Netzler

    You are right the crop is much better. Definitely learned a lot with settings and composition.

    I used a ND filter for this shot to get the smooth water at a river.

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    Duncan Rawlinson

    This is an excellent use of your filter.

    Much much better!

    Way to go!!!

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