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Jan 02, 2012 02:13 |  #1

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Jan 02, 2012 03:00 |  #2

I wouldve enjoyed this a lot more if the tree was in the center or left only because the fence on the left side kind of makes me feel uneasy. Lovely orange and pink colors on that sunset however. I'd love to see a crop with 75% of the frame being the tree in the center so everything is bigger and the dull haze top part of the sky is less prominent, is that possible for you?




  
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Jan 02, 2012 03:04 |  #3

Lovely shot. Why not clone out the fence?


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Jan 02, 2012 04:39 |  #4

It's a nice shot, I like it.

If the fence was removed in post processing it would enhance the photo I think. I wouldn't want to see the tree in the middle of the frame, I like it where it is.


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Jan 02, 2012 04:53 |  #5

Qbx wrote in post #13632659 (external link)
Lovely shot. Why not clone out the fence?

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It's a nice shot, I like it.

If the fence was removed in post processing it would enhance the photo I think.

I agree with them.

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edited the fence out and added a bit of definition to the tree to make the silhouette stand out a bit more...

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Jan 02, 2012 05:35 as a reply to  @ Joe.Recon's post |  #6

Tree doesn't seem to be in focus. other then that it looks pretty cool


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Jan 02, 2012 12:28 as a reply to  @ SimpleJack's post |  #7

Thanks guys.

I find it very interesting how the fence is garnering so many comments. I have multiple shots of this, with and without fence, tree on right, tree centered, tree on left, and as I played with them all and tried different crops etc. this is the one I liked the most. To me the fence helps anchor the left side of the shot and add a bit of mystery about what's out of frame.

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Jan 02, 2012 12:29 |  #8

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What did you use to add definition?


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Jan 02, 2012 13:17 |  #9

Definitely leave the fence in. I can't see as the edits improve the image at all. The fence gives it a sense of civilization, the soft tree gives it a sense of nature, almost as if there were a gentle breeze.


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Jan 02, 2012 14:08 |  #10

I agree with your statement "calm", the fence does help anchor and add balance.
Keep it as is! As for the tree being out of focus, I like the softness of it! Nice work!


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Jan 02, 2012 19:44 |  #11

CalmAsToast wrote in post #13634390 (external link)
What did you use to add definition?

High Pass in Photoshop

On the Layer palette select your Background Layer and right click. Select Duplicate Layer.

With this new layer highlighted select Filter / Other / High Pass. Set the Radius to 2 and click OK.

Go back to the Layer Palette and select Overlay, Softlight or Hard Light from the left drop down.

Now go to the Opacity Slider and select a level of sharpening that seems best to you. Usually something between 20% and 70% will be best.


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Jan 02, 2012 20:40 as a reply to  @ Joe.Recon's post |  #12

Thanks Joe. I've not messed around in Photoshop in a number of months so I've forgotten half of what I knew. Appreciate the quick tutorial.

Thanks Woolburr and Shopguy. Appreciate the comments.


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Jan 03, 2012 03:23 |  #13

For me,the softness of this shot is what ruins it. The fence,I guess that's a personal preference,but I'd get rid of it. I like tack sharp deep black silhouettes. Using f/1.8 is what killed it. If im doing any landscape,it's gonna be f/8 or smaller.


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Feb 10, 2015 23:06 |  #14

One of my favorites !!! Stay Calm!! :)




  
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Feb 11, 2015 00:31 |  #15

Great shot and great colors. But you kind of stated the problem yourself. "Add a bit of mystery as to what's out of frame." If people are wondering what's outside of the frame they aren't really paying attention to the actual subject, which is the tree. A closer crop without the fence would make a better shot. But good job otherwise.




  
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