Have tried and with some success in my little town but not a lot of variations and mostly decrepit old wearied buildings unfortunate most of the smaller cities are like that in NZ and the big Capitols are far away so mostly holiday trips ...not excuses but if you ever come to NZ you'll probably end up photographing landscapes.....and lots lots lots of green fields
I am sure you are aware how very good this photograph is: you have a compelling use of receding perspective, with perfectly repeated forms drawing us inevitably to the vanishing point. Yet you posted in Obscured Photos comment folder. I have never achieved a result like this, so it may be presumptuous to offer my opinion, but here goes.
As an abstraction the success of this image depends on composition and technical execution. You could not more perfectly use the rule of thirds: it avoids being static by virtue of the wedge shape that crosses the entire horizon. When my eyes come into the photo I read it left to right, then I am drawn all the way back across by the bridge as a graphic element as much as by its symbolic power as an object. The completely blurred water and sky have a satisfying balance of bright to dark in their two to one ratio. The monochrome and square treatment reinforce the visual rhythm.
The critical comments I offer might be a matter of taste, rather than being right or wrong. I would prefer a bit more contrast on the bridge, and I would like a little more sharpness. Both could be achieved with moderate local contrast enhancement. That leaves the detail that bothers me most, which is the pilings in the right foreground. I think they break up the rhythm of the image and make the scene too realistic. The image is dreamlike and archetypal, and the pilings undermine that. If it were possible to shoot without them that would be ideal, and I also think that editing them out would be a valid approach.
Overall it is a very successful image that I like a lot.
Thank you so much for this detailed and critical comment.
The reason that I chose to submit this photo to the comment folder is really simple. There is always room for improvement and a second pair of eyes sees more than one. By all means don't get me wrong, I am satisfied about this photo myself.
I am glad that the composition worked out well. I took great care in aligning the bridge properly when I was shooting.
The local contrast and sharpness have both occured to me as well. I've been playing with different settings. In the end I chose to limit them, because they would also bring out the structure of the water, something I did not want at all. This was a concession I had to make to retain the overall smoothness.
About the pilings, I totally agree with you on that part as well. They are a disturbing element. I've thought about cropping the image, but in truth it is a crop already and felt I had to crop too much when getting rid of the pilings. I might still try to edit them out, but I'm not much of a photoshop hero when it comes to this. More likely I am going to retake the shot.
Again, thank you very much for your comment, and for confirming some of my suspicions.
I am pleased you accept my comments. I admire your body of work, especially your abstracts. I taught myself Photoshop, and it was a long while before I felt generally competent. When I have to remove or cover up an element it often takes several attempts - but it is good practice, and each time I improve my technique. It should be easy to select the bridge as one big shape and apply some kind of sharpening without affecting the water at all. Given the general level of sophistication in your photography, spending a few hours using this image as an exercise might pay dividends the next time you want to clone something out or subtly sharpen a particular part of an image. Then again, making the next photograph is always more exciting than reworking an older one!
Photoshop can fix a lot and it is definitely a useful tool. It can fix some things that taking a new photo can not. While I agree that mastering those Photoshop skills can be really beneficial, I take more pleasure in making a new photo. And I only have so much time to spend....
But I will surely keep this in mind for the cold winter days to come, when going outside suddenly sounds less appealing!