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_______Introduction:
At first I'd like to note that I am usually not much of an urban / architecture guy so I guess you'd be able to get better feedback from someone who's more into those motifs and thus has more of an insight to what actually distinguishes a bad from a good picture in these fields of appliance.

Also my Acer Laptop monitor is certainly not the best one to actually look at pictures because it is not calibrated neither for contrast nor for colors. Please keep that in mind.

_______Composition:
The composition is certainly the stronger side of this picture. It's thought well through and also the subject of the photographer actually standing on the rails at the station is something you barely see. So the motif does actually evoke interest in the viewer and so does the composition. It's mostly a central composition which mostly come across as being very static but the leading lines work quite well directing the viewers gaze into the middle of the picture and then onto either side. They may not keep the viewers attention very long, but long enough. There's only one problem with the angle, it's slightly tilted to the left about 1° or less but it is noticeable, especially o the central line in between the rails. The 2 / 3 split works fine composition wise but leaves some difficulties with the exposure, but I'll pick that up later on.

It's quite difficult do judge what focal length you used, but I assume it must be somewhat parallel to 20mm on a crop sensor. And I'd certainly suggest to go further down to get more depth of field. It's works like this but more foreground usually adds to the picture if you have the leading lines directing to the horizon. Investing some money in a ultra wide angle lens is usually the best idea for landscapers and architecture folks. I use my Sigma 10-20 almost 80% of the time.

_______Technique:
Well, here one can notice that you're not yet acquainted to most important techniques to cope with a very big dynamic width. There are basically 2 ways, use GND Filters and HDR or Exposure blending. And this shot would've benefited from the later one rather then the first.

I guess both would require a tripod and some time to actually get the necessary shots in. And I assume you didn't have much time standing on the rails before personnel would've kicked you of the station. So that might not really have been an option. Depends on the circumstances under which the picture was taken, which I don't know because you didn't write anything in the description.

What I can say though is that the sky is completely over exposed which really takes from the image and much of the foreground is totally underexposed as well. I guess that is the weak spot of the image. Exposure blending might have been difficult but worth it, or getting a camera that can actually work with such different lighting conditions you've been an option.

In case you shoot in raw format there might have been some other option to regain some detail in the sky and dark foreground regions. But I suppose you shot jpg - which I would never recommend. If you have the option to shoot RAW. I guess you're a little limited by your camera in this respect.

_______Random:
Hope I was able to give you useful feedback. But you should really include some more information about the picture in the future so people can actually understand the picture and how it was made in order to be able to give you some constructive criticism rather than tapping around in the dark.

~Alex
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Katoman Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Excellent perspective.. bless the snail-like DLR =)
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darknetcs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks... well in fact it's DLR on West India/Canary Wharf station :D
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Niemans Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece has been featured in my current journal!
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darknetcs Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks, i really apperciate that
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Niemans Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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HalfGeniusHalfWit Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Sweet shot :D
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darknetcs Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks
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