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    Please close the gate!

    Shot directly into the evening sun - left to the camera to sort out.
    Aperture priority; f8; 1/60; ISO 200; auto WB.

    Please close the gate!

    Ashridge, Hertfordshire.

    Philip

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    Hi Philip. Between the trees on the sides, the branches above, and the shadows below, the image has been nicely framed. But I had to chuckle about closing the gate when there is no fence on the right side!

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    I agree with Frank. The shadow from the post coming right towards us provides a very strong line into the image.

    The sky looks completely blown and does detract from the overall impact of the image. But it's well put together composition.

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    It is a nicely image as the guys have already noted but for me the sticking point is the overhanging branches intruding into the tree line and sort of forming a barrier that prevents my eye from entering the picture. I luv the foreground tho

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    My main aim was to get an interesting composition that included the pointless gate with those great shadow lines radiating from the verticals, and that seems to have worked reasonably.

    Glad that you also enjoyed the title, Frank.

    I realised, Donald, that there would be problems caused by shooting at the sun but, although the sky is blown, the camera seems to have coped better than I expected! Can one deal with this - would a filter do the trick or is there a pp technique?

    And Keith - your comment about the branches being a sticking point could even be one of my own awful puns! However, if I had changed position to "lift" the branches in the image over the distant trees, it would also have affected the gate and shadows.

    Many thanks Frank, Donald and Keith for your comments.

    Philip

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    I like the way that image is framed, naturally, and the overhanging branches work for me. I cant help wanting to peek around the tree on right to see if there is any fence left there.

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    Re: Please close the gate!

    Thank you, James. After that tree the fence does continue around the field! It seems puzzling because the fence rails have been sawn off to make that big gap, but there are no signs that vehicles have ever used it.

    Philip
    Last edited by MrB; 30th September 2011 at 05:56 AM.

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