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07-18-2011, 04:14 PM
Would love to know how you guys would crop this image, or maybe just leave it. This image has already been cropped once.


07-18-2011, 04:38 PM
I like it the way it is, composition -wise, because I like to see some space in the image. There are some people who would probably crop a little (10%) from the top (sky) and bottom (dark region). But personally, I like a bit of open blue sky at the top. Good job!

One other question - what was your f stop? I can't quite tell the sharpness of your image (maybe it's from the compression).

In my night photos, I lose some clarity then the aperture is opened wide (< f4.2), and regain the clarity with I use something like f8 or f9. Some photographers (Harold Davis) will advise to use the widest arperture to avoid artifacts from light sources...

07-18-2011, 06:16 PM
Don't mind the composition. There does seem to be a lack of sharpness (some of this could be from the compression/conversion. Just wondering if there might have been a bit of camera movement in the long exposure.

07-18-2011, 10:52 PM
The dark (black) trees provide a nice frame but I would crop off most of it so the bottom of the image is in line with the lit part of the dock on the right (bottom 10% of the image and about 10% or so of the right side to put that well lit corner dock right in the corner. At least that's what I would do. I haven't spent much time shooting night images. To me though it leads your eye from the bottom right up along the dock/ship and out to the end of the wharf where all those lights are.