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08-26-2014, 12:26 PM   #1
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Yesterday, I set my photography theme as "reflection" and took quite a few shots. Here's the first of the series:



I don't want to flood the post with 15 photos at the same time, so I'll do it one by one. After I get comments from this post, I'll rethink about the post-processing I did on the remaining photos of the series before posting them.

I chose a high-ISO value, because I intended to crop this photo and didn't want any blur from hand-shaking. I still need to physically train my arms to become more steady; ISO seems to be a good solution for now.

I did some post-processing in Lightroom to bring up the details reflected by glazing. Frankly, post-processing is not my strength.

Any comments will be helpful. Thank you.

---------- Post added 08-26-14 at 12:36 PM ----------

In case you ask why I decided to crop the photo instead of walking closer with my prime, here's the reason: if I walked closer, the reflection would show none of the brick cladding and widows but the roof only. Walk even closer, all I'd see is a blue sky, which is not fun. I got pictures from the same series with clouds and blue sky already.


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Pardon my comments.


The theme is reflection and this is for sure a reflection, but the reflection is untidy due to the angles and shape of the perspective, it loses strength.


I have applied a simple transform to pull the shape of the image until the reflection is more proportional to the frame.


Maybe this approach can add a dynamic.


I cropped tightly because I was forced to by the new shape.
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Pardon my comments.


The theme is reflection and this is for sure a reflection, but the reflection is untidy due to the angles and shape of the perspective, it loses strength.


I have applied a simple transform to pull the shape of the image until the reflection is more proportional to the frame.


Maybe this approach can add a dynamic.


I cropped tightly because I was forced to by the new shape.
First of all, I appreciate your feedback.

I reset the rotation, and added horizontal & vertical lens corrections to the photo. Now, at least the vertical components of the brick building is in-line with the frame.
(Let's ignore the bright, distracting plant at the lower-left corner. It's a composition issue, and that's part of the reason why I rotated the whole image and cropped it at first.)


Does it look more appealing?
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I like your latest with the transforms its stronger now

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I like your latest with the transforms its stronger now
I agree. The transformed photo is much less confusing
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#2: Highrises


Although this one is rotated too (it's uncropped), all buildings are pointing towards the same direction. I hope it's not as unappealing as the first one.
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