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Aug 04, 2014 16:32 |  #1

I would like some CC on this image.
Does this need more PP?
How is the composition?

I drove up over the hill and saw this sunset. Jumped out of my car. Took 6 images (2 sets of bracketed images) and was done in under 2 min.
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Aug 04, 2014 18:58 |  #2

Nice light. I would have stepped over to the other side of the guard rail to compose with the rail beginning near the bottom/center of the frame and letting it terminate somewhere at the right of the frame. If possible, it might have benefited to zoom in just a bit to put some emphasis on the house in the distance.

Regardless, its a great shot!



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Aug 04, 2014 21:24 as a reply to  @ mannetti21's post |  #3

This is good work. Agree with the comments above. Still really like though.




  
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Aug 04, 2014 21:33 |  #4

Thanks for the replies and feedback.

I will definitely look more into getting to the right of the guard rail. I will have to move back a ways further though, or else the tree will be front and center.

At that point i will see if i can shoot a little tighter.

With forest fires going on in neighboring states there should be some good color in the skies in the next month, if the haze clears up.


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Aug 04, 2014 21:49 |  #5

love it, i actually like the rail in it ...to each their own i guess




  
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Aug 05, 2014 00:11 |  #6

That's beautiful. I'm on the fence about the rail. Nice shot!


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Aug 05, 2014 01:13 |  #7

Picking up on some comments from above (rail, house, tree placement), most of the compositional elements are on the right hand side, and mostly lower in the image. The left hand third (give or take) is much sparser.

Stepping over the rail could have allowed a more dynamic use of the curved rail and less of the rail post. You might have also got some separation of the trees from the other elements.

Nice opportunity shot, though!


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Aug 05, 2014 11:22 |  #8

If 15 photogs to take a photo and you get 15 different images. :)

You're clipping the blacks on the post, tree, and hills, but a simple bump off the shadows and you're back in business. You have foreground, middle, and back. I dig it. Makes me feel warm and eager for travel.




  
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Aug 05, 2014 13:48 |  #9

Would be better to leave out as much man-made objects as possible on this beautiful (natural) setting. The post and metal rails spoil it a bit for me.




  
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Aug 06, 2014 18:56 |  #10

I prefer it as is with the rail on that side. If you were to step over, you would only get the silohuette side of the rail. I think the sun lit rail adds to it.

If you can somehow capture more contrast in the hilly area to the left and the tree to the right (like more of a complete silhouette), that would complete it.


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Aug 07, 2014 05:35 |  #11

I would have got low to the left. The small boulders would have given foreground interest and you may have been able to replace the post with the backlit grasses just to the left.

Great light though.




  
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Aug 10, 2014 09:49 |  #12

Processing is great, but I agree the composition could have been a little better had you moved left and or forward a bit. However none of us were there to see what that would have looked like so we're just second guessing. I would have probably tried to get forward closer to that tree in the mid-ground and made the valley and winding blacktop road more the focus if possible.


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Aug 14, 2014 20:39 |  #13

meaton wrote in post #17081541 (external link)
I would have got low to the left. The small boulders would have given foreground interest and you may have been able to replace the post with the backlit grasses just to the left.

Great light though.


That would be my call as well.


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Aug 15, 2014 10:39 |  #14

Corey Lack Pictures wrote in post #17077676 (external link)
If 15 photogs to take a photo and you get 15 different images. :)

You're clipping the blacks on the post, tree, and hills, but a simple bump off the shadows and you're back in business. You have foreground, middle, and back. I dig it. Makes me feel warm and eager for travel.

The compression from flicker is doing the clipping via some compression. The pole has green and texture in the original image, but the via flicker, it loses a lot. I do need to go back and do some more pp for flicker and perhaps printing.

p00kienrayray wrote in post #17080855 (external link)
I prefer it as is with the rail on that side. If you were to step over, you would only get the silohuette side of the rail. I think the sun lit rail adds to it.

If you can somehow capture more contrast in the hilly area to the left and the tree to the right (like more of a complete silhouette), that would complete it.

Good point.

meaton wrote in post #17081541 (external link)
I would have got low to the left. The small boulders would have given foreground interest and you may have been able to replace the post with the backlit grasses just to the left.

Great light though.

@meaton and Didereaux
After thinking about the area, composition etc. After seeing this pointed out. I agree that this could make for a strong image. I plan on giving this a shot in the near future.Assuming that there is room without falling off the edge as the shoulder gets a lot narrower behind where this image was taken from.

Thank you all for the constructive cc and compliments.


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