Reaching For The Skies

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (9)

Mark Highton Ridley on July 25, 2009

The hoops I had to jump through to make this capture!

Climbed a wall, leaned out, framed, waited for the clouds to pass, said "hello" to a couple of surprised cyclists - they didn't expect to see me up there! I double-checked ISO, exposure, etc. to pass the time, The clouds passed and I got the lighting back again so I made the shot.

I had to straighten everything in the digital darkroom and am v. pleased with the way it turned out.

Maybe I'm the only one ;)

Alexandre Serain Shu… on July 26, 2009

Nice graphical work but why my brain sees this patch at the third part of the 4 division as red :-) Sincerely

Marina.S on July 26, 2009


Tom Lussier Photogra… on July 27, 2009

I can see why you're pleased with this Mark. An excellent study of pattern and texture. The eye tends to linger on the vertical wood slates then gets swept up and over the roof tiles. I like it. :)

Best regards, Tom

mauro1964 on August 4, 2009

I like this picture, V, ciao

Mark Highton Ridley on August 5, 2009

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'll revisit this sometime as I've since noticed how much more powerful it is with the bottom plants and brickwork cropped out.

There's a compositional rule about having things in threes and I think I mistakenly ignored it.

The thing about rules is, they're only there so you think about them before you break them. I didn't this time :(

Worse, I committed another heinous compositional crime(!) ... a good photo is like a punchy sentence, one verb, one subject, one object. I've made this photo about two things - the plants reaching up and then those wonderful angles.

By cutting out that bottom area, the composition should improve in two ways, and when this happens, their combined impact should more than double.

Scroll the image so the bottom of your screen cuts it off to get a feel for what I mean.

Rafael (Retrocool) on August 5, 2009

The lighting is amazing on this photo.

Tho I really didnt notice about the plants on the bottom until i read what you said... tho i see what you mean.. i still like it a lot.

Mark Highton Ridley on November 9, 2009

Thanks Rafael and Ma500 :)

Cigoto on May 13, 2010

Buena composición en bandas. Add gallery to favourites. YS

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 25, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Mark Highton Ridley
    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2009/07/24 19:09:46
    • Exposure: 0.033s (1/30)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash