Techniques ( wait for them to be drawn)
Panning Fill the Frame - Jan & Feb
I can't see any noise or shake so you've definitely "gotten away with it"
The starburst on the streetlight looks like you might have been using quite a tight aperture? For me - there's a little wasted space at the bottom, and I might have been tempted to go just to the other side of the "humps for 110 m" sign, accept that the verticals won't be, and the correct in post? You might be able to use the tree and the night sky to then nicely frame the tower?
The exposure is spot on and it looks like a lovely area - I think there's a great photo to be made here and I'm envious that you have some proper history on your doorstep!
Good point i forgot to add that bit in the info, now corrected it was F4.
The loxia does produce lovely sunstars / starbursts.
I have already cropped a bit to get rid of cars at the bottom of the frame.
I tried taking it around the bend on the right hand side and it made the verticals all weird which i could not correct in post.
I struggled with the fruit theme photos this week, this is the second time i have shot the fruit pics and i am still not sure about them.
I do not have an external flash or know how to use one if i did, so these were taken with the rx100`s in built flash as when i tried it just with natural light it was way too dark.
But i guess that`s the whole point of the 52 to get you out of your comfort zone and taking these it did, my preferred genre is landscapes i know what i am doing with them
I agree with your choice of #1 over #2, as you've successfully hidden any hard edged shadows in #1 whereas they are more obvious in the second.
I do feel that the plate is a bit grey. Obviously I don't know for certain, but that type of plate in my experience is white (I'll be wrong now won't I).
So either the flash could have been upped a bit, or, in pp the whites could be boosted to give a more contrasty white feel.
Are the plates grey? If they are then these clever photos are well taken. If they are white then you need to over expose like you would if you were photographing snow. Camera meters want to turn everything grey, indeed, if you had an old camera with a simple under/correct/over exposure meter, they way to check for correct exposure would be to use an 18% grey card, or in emergency, the palm of your hand to check the available light. If you try to photograph a very white scene without adjustment, the meter will under-expose the picture leading to grey whites. People often make the mistake of reducing the exposure when confronted with snow when in fact they should be over-exposing. Your plates, if indeed they are white, may be causing the greyness.
Sorry, I'm repeating things as I've just read the post above mine.
The second one works better for me, and they say three is the magic number.
I think whatever BG you use, plate/chopping-board, it's generally best it fills the frame (nothing to do with the current technique), and perhaps your picture could be cropped to do so. Just a thought.