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Dealing with dirt (as a foreground, not on the lens)

 
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Dec 08, 2013 17:13 |  #1

Thoughts on how to further improve the foreground in this shot (aside from either replacing it or going with a B&W).

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Dec 08, 2013 17:32 |  #2

Short of replacement, probably the next best thing would be to minimize it by cropping out more of the foreground, making it maybe a 16 X 9 image. I don't think you lose anything by doing so.


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Dec 08, 2013 17:39 |  #3

I think it looks fantastic!




  
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Dec 08, 2013 21:21 |  #4

I wouldn't take out any of the foreground. I think the composition is very good, as is.




  
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Dec 08, 2013 21:56 |  #5

Tried the 16x9 idea, here's the result:

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Dec 08, 2013 22:03 |  #6

To me, the mountains and cabin just became more prominent, and I don't think it lost anything. What's your take?


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Dec 08, 2013 23:42 |  #7

I agree, and it certainly works for the web, but I'd have to come up with a different solution for printing at more common aspect ratios.


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Dec 09, 2013 16:54 |  #8

I don't think the original looks bad, it just looks like it's winter there without the snow. Personally, I still like it and would love that view. :)


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Dec 10, 2013 19:08 |  #9

Not quite winter, though the temps were certainly getting more than a bit chilly in the morning. Trip was second week in September. Think the lows were in the 40's in Grand Teton but I saw hints of frost in Yellowstone earlier in the week. Plenty more photos in my Yellowstone and Grand Teton albums on my Picasa site (link in sig)


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Dec 24, 2013 15:51 as a reply to  @ cuda2k's post |  #10

The composition is excellent, but I agree with cropping out a tad of the foreground.


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Dec 24, 2013 15:58 |  #11

I'm in the crop out more of the foreground camp, too. Also, do some work to clean up the haloing around the building


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Dec 24, 2013 23:14 |  #12

I believe there is a barn near there that has a lot more character in the building department....

Your shot - the sky/mountains look over cooked, color looks un-natural and the clouds are just not adding anything in my opinion.

The building would look better on the left side of the frame. Where it is the slope of the roof tends to draw the eye to the right and out of the frame. I guess even buildings look better looking into a frame.


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Dec 26, 2013 21:18 |  #13

Here's a version using structural sharpening to give the foreground and cabin some of the drama of the background. It's well overcooked but may give you some ideas.


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Dec 26, 2013 21:21 |  #14

Here's a version using structural sharpening to give the foreground and cabin some of the drama of the background. It's well overcooked but may give you some ideas on making the sparse foreground vegetation earn its way.


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