Critique Media City, Manchester

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Went to Media City, Manchester, yesterday afternoon as my sister wanted to draw the large rabbits. I discovered two things - my cheapo mini tripod isn't much use, so most of these are shot handheld, or trying to hold the camera steady on a convenient support. The second thing was that it was much colder and windier than I expected, and a coat would have been useful. Anyway, I managed to salvage some reasonable stuff, though your comments may indicate otherwise. Definitely need another trip there with a proper tripod though.

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Critique wise - might need some work on the shadow detail. They are all quite badly underexposed. Tripod definitely required for shots in dark conditions.
 
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Yeah, definitely underexposed. The time to shoot these things isn't actually at night but in a time called blue hour (just after when shot 3 was taken) which is before it gets properly dark, this makes it easier to balance the exposure between subject and sky (the contrast between them is reduced).
 
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As above they seem under exposed - I have a shot taken from the other side of the bridege a few weeks ago taken around 3.30 to 4.00pm

It was a handheld "snapshot" and needed some PP work - but suspect it was taken a bit earlier than your shots ?

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If possible i'd get yourself back with a coat and tripod and have another wander round as there are some fantastic buildings photo opps :)
 
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Thanks for the comments. Yes, a mistake to not take the tripod but it was a bit of a hasty trip, and I figured my mini-one would be enough. The whole set are between 15.55 and 17.30, I've read about the blue hour and will definitely be heading back there at some point.
 
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Yes, I mentioned that I should have taken a tripod. Any expansion on the pp note? I did some work on them afterwards, but I have a very old copy of PS and not much clue on how to get the best of it - it may be that a newer version (or LR) is required to improve them, or that it's a waste with the handheld images.
 
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Yes, I mentioned that I should have taken a tripod. Any expansion on the pp note? I did some work on them afterwards, but I have a very old copy of PS and not much clue on how to get the best of it - it may be that a newer version (or LR) is required to improve them, or that it's a waste with the handheld images.
You'll probably find that your version of photoshop is plenty powerful enough. You just need to learn it. I subscribe to Guygowan. Well worth it if you're sticking with digital (Fillum for me). I learned a lot and cut my processing time considerably.
 
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OK, thanks for that. I'm in quite an "off season" at the moment, not really going anywhere to take photos at least in part down to weather, so maybe a good time to play around with stuff like this.
 

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You can still save yours.. this is a quick edit of your pic... photoshop.. auto color.. shadow higlights.. exposure.... imagine the original would be even easier to work on and wouldnt kill the bits i did... justsayin with the original you should be able to work on it :)

 
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Thanks for that, I will have to have a play with them. I must admit, half the trouble I have is trying to decide exactly what to do with the image, and what I'm trying to achieve. Then I get into even my ancient PS, find so many options, play with a few, then end up with just messing with contrast and sharpness. I need to clean something, as well, seeing the spots top right and top left.
 
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