While I like the shot as a whole, I also think it lacks a sense of composition...it is also cantered and not straight. I am having trouble actually finding something for my eyes to focus on in it. That being said, I enjoy the color and the exposure overall is quite good.
What would you of done better? Zoomed into parts of the mill? I did that but chose a overall shot. What about the foreground clutter of the branches? What is not straight about it? All the smokestacks across the shot and the water tower to the left all line up vertically. I think your eyes are having trouble focusing on one thing as its not meant to be taken as such but as the whole. At least thats what most people are liking about it...the overall.
First off the composition is completely off, there is no center of focus in the entire shot at all. You want something that gives weight to the image, and composition is essential in any good photograph, otherwise you have a shot that looks like it was taken out of a speeding car with the window down. Yours doesn't look like THAT but is just an example. here check out this link....
Most people may like it but let's be frank and honest here...most on DA have no idea what constitutes a great photo either. Go here and post it [link] (it's a site for serious photographers) and get some good feedback. You are likely to hear the same though with what I have said.
As far as what is not straight about it....look at the horizon line along the river banks. Rivers don't flow uphill. This is what is called 'parallax';
[link]"Parallax is an apparent displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines." This can be adjusted inside photoshop under the lens correction settings
As far as what I have done.....yes zooming in is certainly an option. Look at the smokestack on the far right, the steam and smoke surrounding it. A long exposure of that would be utterly surreal zoomed in ...check this out to get a feel of what I am saying [link] and now combined with that orange color cast? That would seriously kick butt!
Your right, there is nothing the eye focuses on. With that, I dont know what your trying to achieve here. Its just a photo of a mill at night with steam coming off. Im not striving to be a photographer, I just take photos.
The river is at an angle from most of the coke plant and is coming towards me. That doesnt have any effect? This is how this place is seen with the naked eye...
Trying to achieve? Just giving you some advice that I thought would maybe for a better photo next time is all. Isn't that why we are all here to begin with? Sure beats getting the generic "great shot" comment doesn't it? As far as how the human eye sees it, I personally find that hard to fathom as the human eye has no issue with parallax. It can come at you sure, but as I described, the optics are what distorts it. It's hard to describe... maybe this sums it up best [link]
"The easiest way to understand parallax is simply to hold your index finger in front of your face and close one eye. Now close the other eye and you’ll perceive that your finger has jumped sideways. As you can see, at close distances, even a change of view as small as the distance between your eyes can create a very different perspective on your subject. A camera that uses one lens for framing and another for shooting faces the same problems. Parallax is not a problem at longer ranges as the parallax shift is imperceptible"
I don't know, it can be though to deal with at times I will tell you that, just glad we have software these days that easily corrects it
Yes, yes it does and I thank you for your more than "great shot" comment! Are there more sites that better explain the art of photography? I would like to read up and get some tips. But even so, I dont think I would change this shot. I like it and how it came out and in the end...thats all that really matters...isnt it?