Laurie McShane  

"On the Rhine in Basel" by Laurie McShane

January 2021 - "On the Rhine in Basel"

About the Image(s)

We had the good fortune to visit Basel, Switzerland a couple years ago, and found it to be a delightful city. This was taken at ISO 100, 16mm, F5.6, and 1/320 sec. If I were lucky enough to return, I probably would use different settings, but I do like this location.

8 comments posted

Kathleen Colligan
Lucky you and this photo must bring back fond memories for you. It is a gorgeous location and I like that you included the bikes in the photo. Hopefully, we can travel again soon. Your settings are seem fine to me.
  Posted: 01/07/2021 11:59:53
Laurie McShane
Thanks!   Posted: 01/09/2021 09:25:18

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
You didd a very nice job of framing the bridge/main subject. The leading line of the sidewalk, with the bikes leads to you main subject, , the tree branches add to the framing of the picture. Nicely done. A bit more interesting sky (a few clouds) might add to this. The light areas (e.g. the buildings) seem a bit washed out. Maybe burn them in a bit and/or up the saturation just a little. I think you could cut the foliage in half (crop from the top). You retain the framing and reduce their power since the image is about the bridge and housing.I might come in from the bottom as well, cropping some of the empty sidewalk out. I think it enhances the main subject, keeps the framing, and does not result in a loss of information about the scene. Give it a try and see what you think.   Posted: 01/07/2021 13:21:31
Laurie McShane
You're right - I think it will be improved with a little more cropping and darkening the buildings. It really helps to have fresh eyes look at an image! Much appreciated.   Posted: 01/08/2021 19:34:57

Gregory Stais   Gregory Stais
Overall, this is a very nice shot. I really like the composition as I think the framing spot on. I also like how you used the trees to frame the image to add some perspective.

One suggestion I have is to perhaps crop a little to eliminate some of the pavers in the foreground so you can focus more on the river, the buildings, and the skyline.

I would also increase the color saturation slightly, and enhance the sky.

  Posted: 01/08/2021 20:39:50
Laurie McShane
Thank you. I don't have Photoshop, so the sky can't change very much, but I'll make the other changes. Appreciate your suggestions!   Posted: 01/09/2021 09:27:50

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
This image is beautifully composed. I love the angle from which the image was taken, but agree that you could increase the saturation and reduce the tree foliage by some margin. Cropping the image may or may not be a good idea, it may change the image too much. You will need to be a judge of this.   Posted: 01/10/2021 21:23:05
Laurie McShane
Thanks, Ruth!   Posted: 01/14/2021 16:11:27


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