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Roche Abbey by RoxShotz Roche Abbey by RoxShotz
So I've decided to give this photography thing a go for real now. I've been doing it on and off for a good few years and never progressed due to confidence.

So please feel free to criticize my work so that I may learn from my mistakes and understand more about what is appealing to not only my eye, but to others too!
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your amazing photography has been featured! [link] Please :+fav: the feature if you love it! :heart:
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Cakebrielle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful!!! Love it!
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Cakebrielle Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful!!!
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Jac888 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice take ... .as you said everyone sees the same thing differently ... that's the beauty of a picture :)
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Sepheralis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
such a beautiful feeling to this. :)
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KissThyLips Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very beautiful!
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Anja721 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
woow
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ishb3w Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
this place looks magical. I like the photo. Just a question, did you try to put the aperture on say, 22 just to see how it would look with everything in focus? Probably wouldn't be as interesting, but I'm curious how it would look.
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RoxShotz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)

No if i'm totally honest I just took a metre reading from the bushes in front of the main subject in hope that my camera would concentrate more on the lighting on the bushes, allowing the light in the background to do whatever it does. I didn't intend for it to turn out quite like this but I did focus on the bushes so that it gave the light coming over the abbey a softer, more delicate look.
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ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Really nice. Is this fountain Abbey?
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MagicalWingedCat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
its wonderfully enchanting!
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Isyala Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You have a good eye for the lighting,that's for sure.However,try to avoid the burned out (white) sky,because it deturns attention from the subject.This photo has a very good atmosphere,but I just can't see where exactly the focus is,it appears that none of the details in foreground is sharp enough to justify the unfocused abbey,which,otherwise,would be a really good idea! I think that if you start paying bigger attention to tiny details,you will succeed with making real masterpieces;)
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RoxShotz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the comments. I guess I should've opened my aperture a little wider and cranked up my shutter speed to add more dof. I could've made the subject more outstanding in photoshop but the only thing i've changed in this image is tone it down a little. The less I use photoshop the better for me whilst I learn in my opinion.

Would anyone recommend buying a filter to reduce the burnt out sky? If so, any recommendations would be a great help!

<3
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Isyala Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
You can buy a gradient filter (I think it's called like this),I can't recommend any in particular,but,as someone already said,just ask at any photography shop and they will surely advise you:) You can also try different angles or try to take a frame which you can crop later to eliminate the burnt out sky.I seldom take one photo of the subject I chose,I take several ones and later on I choose the best one.It is also very,very commendable that you don't intend to use photoshop too much:) But remember that the PS is also a tool of modern photography and used in moderation (like cropping a frame to improve composition,sharpening things up a bit,removing excessive noise or adding a bit more shadows) can save "weaker" photos and make the better ones even more outstanding.The thing is not to alter the photo too much and try to keep it looking natural,but I'm sure you know that already.Another thing.Do you use a tripod?I am too lazy to carry around all the time a full-sized one:D But the solution is (if your camera's not too heavy) to buy a small one that will fit in any bag and have it with you all the time.You can put it on a stone,a fence,practically anywhere,and take sharp pics even when the light is poor and so on:)I hope you're not bored with this lecture,good luck;)
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RoxShotz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately when I'd taken this I didn't have the time to take multiple photo's like I would've preferred. But like I said before, once the weather has picked up and I have the time, I'm definitely going back. I'll have my new lenses by then too! :D

Another reason why I try to stay away from photoshop is, I'm a very slow learner and once I've learnt a technique, I will stick to it rather then learn others. Obviously one way of processing an image my not suit another. So i'd need someone to help me explore all the different techniques. I have however made this account to try and find some inspiration, so hopefully that helps.

I do have a tripod but a very cheap and flimsy one. I'll look into buying a decent one the next time I'm paid. I'm putting my money into building a studio right now so a tripod is definitely on the list! Right now I have 60.45 left from 366.50 and I can't decide wether or not to buy a filter, a tripod or a camera bag. OR!! A really cool camera strap! Haha.
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Isyala Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Well,there are always choices,choices,choices:D It's often hard to make a list of priorities:D If you're more into landscape photography,definitely consider buying a circular polarizer,it really improves the appearance of things (brings out clouds and so on), the gradient filter isn't so important if you're careful to watch where the light comes from and if the sky would be burnt out or not.If you want to stay away from PS,there's always Picasa,good for very basic post-processes (however,they've now extended the range with some trendy-shitty filters like "HDR-ish" which has little to do with HDR and so on) - it's good enough for cropping,adding light or shadow and sharpening,it has also quite clear interface. Well,I think the best thing to learn various techniques is to try them out,so I think that you're on the best way to do it,since you're willing to grab your camera and see what happens next;)
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RoxShotz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've bought the filter. Phew, I love it when I have no money. It means i'm not putting myself under pressure to spend it lmao. I'm into landscape, portrait, automotive and fashion photography mainly. Animal portraits too! I'd like to experiment with HDR and Panoramic photography. Also those long exposure night shots that are like 40+ shots in one. Mind blowing stuff!
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MDGun Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Hello you might try a Circular Polarizer (HMC) Multi-Coated Glass Filter. You will lose at least an fstop when using. There are various brands and I would take your primary lens (the one you use most) for size. Ask any photographer or good camera shops at hand for opinions and once you've decided on a brand read reviews and shop for the best price. It's a must for landscape photography but can be handy for other uses as well if low light is not a factor. I hope this helps good luck.
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RoxShotz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)

I'll get right on that and maybe visit the Abbey again once the weather has picked up.

Also if anyone is interested in visiting this place it's in Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. There are signs everywhere pointing in the direction of the Abbey, you can't miss it.
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
I like how the Abbey is just off focus and somewhat hidden behind the branches and greenery in the foreground. I think the foreground trees balance with those in the background-right and give the appearance one might have when approaching the ruins from a hike in the woods. I love the ambiance, and wish I had subject matter like this around me! Excellent capture.
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mst-photography Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Magical. Great aura.
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MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Awesome pic!
If I were you, I would only take a step further and get rid of the excess of branches on top. I think there's too much going on on the left of the photo, and I know you wanted to frame your image, but I think there's more "frame" than "subject" here.
Besides that (and it's only MY opinion), the colors are great, and - if it wasn't for the excessive framing - composition would be great, too!
Oh, and AMAZING location, BTW!
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TheAngelAssassin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
very beautiful and bright, going directly into my favourites no doubt :)
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huyetvu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
great~
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Psichosisss Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful
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abvt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Very nice! :)
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