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Feb 02, 2013 17:18 |  #1
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Especially interested in thoughts on the exposure.

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Feb 02, 2013 17:20 |  #2

tad to dark for me...


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Feb 02, 2013 17:33 |  #3
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stanclark wrote in post #15565169 (external link)
tad to dark for me...

Check it out full screen on black? :)




  
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Feb 03, 2013 06:27 |  #4

stanclark wrote in post #15565169 (external link)
tad to dark for me...

I agree....there's no detail in the foreground. You might be able to pull some out in post.


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Feb 03, 2013 18:40 |  #5

There is no doubt it would have been a nice sunset on the day.

stanclark wrote in post #15565169 (external link)
tad to dark for me...

Agreed. Viewing this on a black background in a dark room improved things but that is because your eyes adjust to the available brightness levels.

Print it and it's going to be very dark on a normally bright wall.


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Feb 03, 2013 18:55 |  #6

The problem I see, IMHO:
1. too dark like the others said
2. horizon line is not horizontal
3. ground occupied too much total space
4. maybe crop for the left top of the photo, you still have the road and you can make the cloud pattern more obvious by zooming in that region.


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Feb 04, 2013 11:34 |  #7
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Thank you for the feedback.

I am worried that if I lighten it I will lose all the detail and colour in the sky. On my screen there is lots of detail in the foreground and I like the strong texture in the muddy track, and the lead in it gives to the photo.

The horizon is as it was on the day. Spirit level on the tripod.

If I take crop away the ground I lose the depth out of the photo which to me is key in this shot. I like that you have to look into the shot to see the sunset.




  
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Feb 04, 2013 11:38 |  #8

Why not just lighten the foreground?

Use an adjustment layer in PS then mask so it is only changing the foreground.

Also, I am wondering if the person should remain as I can't make out any detail in the person.

Just curious, are you viewing on a calibrated monitor? Often times uncalibrated monitors run brighter.


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Feb 04, 2013 11:39 as a reply to  @ SuffolkGal's post |  #9

Dyslexic me read, "Condor at sunset," and I was scanning the image for a bird. :oops:


A little HDR/fusing might be useful for this image.


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LV Moose wrote in post #15571005 (external link)
Dyslexic me read, "Condor at sunset," and I was scanning the image for a bird. :oops:

A little HDR/fusing might be useful for this image.

You mean you missed the bird? :D

Hmm, not into HDR, thank you for the feedback :)




  
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Northwoods Bill wrote in post #15571002 (external link)
Why not just lighten the foreground?

Use an adjustment layer in PS then mask so it is only changing the foreground.

Also, I am wondering if the person should remain as I can't make out any detail in the person.

Just curious, are you viewing on a calibrated monitor? Often times uncalibrated monitors run brighter.

I don't want to show any detail in the person, they are there for scale and to give the feeling of being in the shot.

I use the X-Rite hardware calibration system. It would be great if we could show final prints so we are all looking at the same thing ...




  
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Feb 04, 2013 16:03 |  #12

There's a lot of foreground detail in your shot that i was able to bring out with a simple shadow/highlights adjustment in PS without altering the sky at all, your post was far to dark for me to really appreciate what a good shot it really was.


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Feb 04, 2013 18:06 as a reply to  @ subway surfer's post |  #13

How about this?

The colours for the foreground are way off still, but it's getting more light in that area (not quite enough yet) and hopefully demonstrating the power of masks to separate one area from another.


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Feb 04, 2013 18:39 |  #14

That's much better. BTW which software is that?


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Feb 05, 2013 16:08 |  #15
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wayne_eddy wrote in post #15572459 (external link)
How about this?

The colours for the foreground are way off still, but it's getting more light in that area (not quite enough yet) and hopefully demonstrating the power of masks to separate one area from another.

Hi Wayne,

I really appreciate how much work you have put into that edit, thank you :)

I'm finding this photo kinda polarizes people as to how they view the darkness in the foreground. Some like it as it is, some like your edit, I think both work in their own way. I use layer masks and adjustment layers, too, and I like how you have used them here.

Thanks again,

Jenny




  
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