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Jun 23, 2014 15:49 |  #1

I took this shot with my Canon T3i with my Sigma 10-20mm F/4-5.6. Shot at 1/160th of a second, f/13, ISO 100 at 20mm. Did a bit of post processing in Lightroom 4 and then took it into photoshop to clone on the branch sticking into the sky. Any suggestions on improving this photo? I figured the only way I will get better is if other photographers critique my photos. Thanks!

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Jun 23, 2014 15:51 |  #2

The horizon is smack in the middle of the image. I'd crop about 1/2 of the sky out.


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Jun 23, 2014 15:54 |  #3

LV Moose wrote in post #16990064 (external link)
The horizon is smack in the middle of the image. I'd crop about 1/2 of the sky out.

Thanks! Something like this?

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Jun 23, 2014 15:55 as a reply to  @ DistantFX's post |  #4

Much better, in my opinion. :)


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Jun 23, 2014 16:04 |  #5

LV Moose wrote in post #16990076 (external link)
Much better, in my opinion. :)

Thanks! I believe all input is input I can use to improve upon my photos:)


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Jun 23, 2014 17:33 |  #6

Don't forget about bracketing exposures. Merge three images into one for a greater dynamic range.

You can add a gradient to the sky to darken it, make it more blue.


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Jun 23, 2014 17:35 |  #7

Micro5797 wrote in post #16990263 (external link)
You can add a gradient to the sky to darken it, make it more blue.

I was going to mention something along those lines as well, but not sure what PP software if being used, and if it has that capability.


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Jun 24, 2014 04:55 |  #8

Micro5797 wrote in post #16990263 (external link)
Don't forget about bracketing exposures. Merge three images into one for a greater dynamic range.

You can add a gradient to the sky to darken it, make it more blue.

So. . .almost the same process as an HDR, but without all the HDR post processing? I'll take my tripod out next time to see if I can get the same thing.


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Jun 24, 2014 09:42 |  #9

What is your subject in this photo? What are you trying to say with it? As it is, I see no subject in the photo that is very interesting. Foreground has some interest, but the rest of the shot is rather bland.

The time of day doesn't help - mid-day is not always the best for landscape shots.

With landscapes, you typically have foreground and background elements, and possibly middleground as well. While you don't always have to, it's a good guideline to follow especially when you are just starting.


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Jun 24, 2014 11:47 |  #10

DistantFX, one think you can do without having to take the tripod is one shot HDR. Look up the proces on youtube. Essentially you take your original photo and make copies with +1 stop and -1 stop exposure. Then do the same process you would with HDR. It is not exactly the same as shots taken in the field that way, but it is usually better than just a single shot.


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Jun 26, 2014 11:28 |  #11

I love the first image!

I dont think that the horizon in the middle is too bad. Yeah i know rule of thirds etc etc but i like how it looks symetric with the grass on both side


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Jun 26, 2014 12:35 |  #12

Numenorean wrote in post #16991446 (external link)
What is your subject in this photo? . . .

Even when the subject is not necessarily interesting in itself it can provide some focus like the tower in this mistreated section of your shot.


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Jun 26, 2014 19:25 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #13

try making it contasty. here is one attempt.


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Jun 27, 2014 17:14 |  #14

DistanceFX proud of you for being brave and seeking feedback!

It is ok, but as others have said it doesn't offer much of a story... if the lake is the story, you'd need to be higher angle (or closer) to show it off, right now it is too small - and so is the water tower and buildings.

don't forget to check your horizon when there's water involved... even a slight slant is obvious when there's water around and it is unsettling to most viewers


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Jun 30, 2014 11:40 |  #15

Thank you for so much feedback everyone!!! I will adjust and continue to try and improve. I never took any of these things into account. Thank you so very much.


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