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    Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    Taken at this historical quartz and gold mining site.

    Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    C&C welcome.

    While I have been a member on this site for while I have not posted any photos until recently.
    I am trying to learn.

    Nikon D70s, AF,28-200, ISO 200, 1/100, F16, A priority.
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    Re: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    Hi Robin

    I like the basic composition and subject although I would probably crop a bit of the grass off the bottom. It seems a little dominant to me.

    The image seems a bit soft to me - I'm not sure whether this is a focus issue or the image just needs sharpening.

    The sky is a bit bright and the shadows a bit dark . You could fix this in a variety of ways but Shadows/Highlights adjustment may be the easiest. Also the blue in the sky looks a bit over-saturated to me.

    I'd also suggest a bit of Local Contrast Enhancement to give it a bit more "pop".

    Overall a nice capture and I think it could be improved a fair bit in pp.

    Dave

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    Re: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    Hi Robin, I played with this a bit, may have had more luck with the raw. The sky is really blown in the white areas. There is just nothing there to bring back.

    I also like the basic comp which is why when I played with it I tried to make the building more dominant than the foreground for the same reason as Dave had for a crop. I found I could avoid the crop by bringing the detail up on the building only. I used a bit of shado recovery and clearity. I then aplied a bit of vingette to further push the eye past the grass.

    I found the grass to the right of the building to seem quite a bit softer than the foreground and the building which I am still trying to figure out. All in all what I did made a big difference but the sky ruins it for me.

    BTW incase you were unaware....you need a sensor cleaning, there are several dust spots in the sky. Many of them showed more as I worked with it.

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    Re: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    Just like others said.

    Interesting subject, nice composition, some problem (soft), it can be improved in PP.

    Nice work.

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    Re: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    Thank you for the feedback.

    Good comments.
    The photo is not cropped, the only changes I made PP were to increase the saturation a little.
    The sky was not ideal, I did not know what to do about it while I taking the shot either.
    I chose one with the least tussock foreground before the building,
    I did want the building to dominate a bit more,
    the way the land is in front of the building, dropping away, gives a good look to the building, (to my eye), but perhaps I should have got a bit closer or zoomed it.

    I was also trying to get the eye to look from the tussock in the foreground to linger on the building but on out to the horizon, and then I hoped viewers would want to come back and look at the building some more.

    Yes I discovered the spots on another photo I took, so when we get back to camera repair country I will get it cleaned.
    There seems to be a lot of dust in there.

    About the sharpness, I will check my camera settings.
    I think focus should have been right with the lens I was using.
    But I have so much to discover, who knows.
    I took a lot of shots of that scene so I will check them out.
    I think they were shot in RAW. I will check,
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    Re: Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand

    I uploaded another Bendigo photo. I wonder if I could have comments on the difference between the two photos.
    Please excuse the dust on the photo! I hope to get it cleaned this week.\

    Rbn
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