Your Photo: Our Critique

James Huang submitted this image taken with a Canon 50D, with an exposure of 4sec at f/8, ISO 100. James captured this image during the brief window right before it gets dark, which was clearly to his advantage. James could have used a smaller aperture, which would have required a longer exposure, but would have kept the white lights under the bridge from burning out in the image. There are some spots like the one on the bottom of the frame, which appear to be the result of lens flare. While som

James Huang submitted this image taken with a Canon 50D, with an exposure of 4sec at f/8, ISO 100. James captured this image during the brief window right before it gets dark, which was clearly to his advantage. James could have used a smaller aperture, which would have required a longer exposure, but would have kept the white lights under the bridge from burning out in the image. There are some spots like the one on the bottom of the frame, which appear to be the result of lens flare. While some people intentionally include this effect, others find it distracting. To prevent this, see our article, "4 Ways to Tame Flare". The composition is nice and the focus is sharp.  The bridge creates a winding line through the image and the red cables contrast nicely against the sky. Consider cropping out the brightest light under the bridge along with some of the top of the image just under the bright blue flare spot.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets four stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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