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    Hambleden Mill

    This historic water-mill is located adjacent to Hambleden Village at Mill End on the banks of the River Thames. The mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book as receiving a rent of 1.00 per annum and received a Grade II listing in 1955. All the working bits of the mill have sadly long gone and the building has been converted into luxury riverside apartments.

    I used a Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 lens, which I bought recently. Your comments would be gratefully received.

    Hambleden Mill

    Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/125 ISO: 100

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    Hi Chris. All your scenes look so idyllic- bring back memories of when I spent time in the Thames Valley as a teenager. Just a suggestion (what do I know about it?) On this one I would be tempted to clone out the red 'Danger' sign between the weir and the mill building... unless that is making a statement in your picture story of course. Wretched H&S creeps in everywhere!

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    For me, Chris, I wonder if there is a fraction too much greenery on the right, which is tending to compete against the buildings instead of leading the eyes into the scene.

    But I'm not sure what else to crop in order to retain the same aspect ratio. Maybe a tiny amount from both water and sky.

    Only a very little though. It is a good scene.

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    Nice shot Chris of a nice scene.

    Just a couple of small suggestions on pp work :

    • I think you could reduce the Highlights a little and increase the contrast a bit using the mid-tone slider in the Levels adjustment.
    • Also I think it would be worth selectively darkening that strip of cascading water in front of the building.
    • Maybe a little more output sharpening

    Dave

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    Thank you for your comments.

    Carolyn - I have a photographic blog which specialises in Marlow and the River Thames between Winsor and Henley on Thames, which you can find at www.marlowimagefactory.wordpress.com

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    As good a composition as you're likely to see on the subject of 'scenes on the Thames'. I think it's well put together.

    I do wonder about just coming down a bit on the brightness of the mill. According to the histogram I looked at, it is not quite at 255. You don't want it to look a dirty grey, but just toning it down a bit would, in my view, make it not quite so stark. Just a thought.

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    Thanks Donald - I'll give it a try.

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    Re: Hambleden Mill

    Sorry guys - I had tried to upload an edit but I am having trouble. I will try again later.
    Last edited by ChrisH; 4th June 2012 at 09:10 AM.

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