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Aug 09, 2014 05:18 |  #1

Im pretty happy with this, but im sure ill get a knock back:D

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Aug 09, 2014 06:00 |  #2

It looks flat to me. Try bumping contrast and darkening the sky to bring out the clouds.


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Aug 09, 2014 08:43 |  #3

Nice setting. Good action on the water. I agree that it's a little flat. If you have levels tool, adjust the histogram to chop off part of the unused white end. It also appears a bit overexposed on my monitor. But it could be my preference. I have the impression from the houses at the top of the hill that it's a little tilted to the left. Not sure about that. The brick structure in the bottom right corner is distracting. Either crop it out or make it a larger part as a framing feature. You'll hear a lot of people complaining about a featureless sky. I'm not one to nitpick about this. The sky is not the subject. It's only a problem if it detracts from the subject, which does not appear to be happening here. If that's what the sky looks like in that part of the world under those meteorological conditions, it is what it is.


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Aug 09, 2014 09:08 |  #4

It's OK as a record shot. You could crop most of that sky out. Depending on which direction you were facing, you might come back at dawn or dusk for some more interesting lighting.


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Aug 10, 2014 14:43 |  #5

It's a little desaturated and slightly tilted, but you have an interesting subject. If you turn on "IMAGE EDITING OK", perhaps people could share the results of their suggestions with you.

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Aug 10, 2014 19:09 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #6

See if these seems a tiny bit better. Small bump in saturation and warmed color temperature a bit, plus a crop. I thought that bit of stone wall on the right side was a distraction, and mostly I don't like to see much sky.

Hitting the preview button, I may have chopped out a bit too much from the sky, anyway, you get the idea.



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Aug 10, 2014 19:55 |  #7

I think the second shot is better, but I still feel like it is lacking in contrast. Nothing looks truly black. Also, for some reason, my eye is drawn to the houses at the top which are really flat and more out of focus.

I just noticed the moving truck/RV and now it really stands out as well.


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Aug 10, 2014 20:21 |  #8

MattPharmD wrote in post #17088152 (external link)
I think the second shot is better, but I still feel like it is lacking in contrast. Nothing looks truly black. Also, for some reason, my eye is drawn to the houses at the top which are really flat and more out of focus.

I think you are right about the contrast, but punching it up made the photo look just a bit unnatural, to me anyway.


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Aug 10, 2014 21:30 |  #9

The image has that timeless look to it. Maybe go for an aged look.


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Aug 11, 2014 03:24 |  #10

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The image has that timeless look to it. Maybe go for an aged look.

Now i do like that , what did you do to get that look:)


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Aug 11, 2014 09:42 |  #11

What's your subject? What are you trying to show or communicate? It's very jumbled - houses here, pier there, some hills, etc.

Nothing really is that interesting about this shot. The light is very flat and uninteresting.


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Aug 11, 2014 11:21 |  #12

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What's your subject? What are you trying to show or communicate? It's very jumbled - houses here, pier there, some hills, etc.

Nothing really is that interesting about this shot. The light is very flat and uninteresting.

ive never tried landscapes before..im afraid your answer is too deep for me to understand


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Aug 11, 2014 11:37 |  #13

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ive never tried landscapes before..im afraid your answer is too deep for me to understand

Landscapes need a clear subject, and one of the key aspects to a landscape photograph is how you use the subject, scene, light, etc. to convey a mood or emotion.

What is it that you want the viewer of the photo to see? It should be clear to the viewer what that is.

Typically a good landscape will have a foreground, middleground and background, though it's not completely necessary for all three. Imagine a calm lake with a reflection of a mountain peak. Maybe a rock in the foreground or rocks at the bottom of the lake visible through the water.

It's all about how you present the elements of the photo.

Light is also very important and in this shot it's flat. There is not much contrast. Also, usually the most interesting light is sunrise/sunset - anything with color or interest in the sky helps.


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Aug 11, 2014 12:02 |  #14

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Landscapes need a clear subject, and one of the key aspects to a landscape photograph is how you use the subject, scene, light, etc. to convey a mood or emotion.

What is it that you want the viewer of the photo to see? It should be clear to the viewer what that is.

Typically a good landscape will have a foreground, middleground and background, though it's not completely necessary for all three. Imagine a calm lake with a reflection of a mountain peak. Maybe a rock in the foreground or rocks at the bottom of the lake visible through the water.

It's all about how you present the elements of the photo.

Light is also very important and in this shot it's flat. There is not much contrast. Also, usually the most interesting light is sunrise/sunset - anything with color or interest in the sky helps.

I took the shot because i thought it was a nice view, i would never have put this photo in the critique, it was moved here sorry if you dont like it but i dont think its has bad as your making out;)


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Aug 11, 2014 13:43 |  #15

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I took the shot because i thought it was a nice view, i would never have put this photo in the critique, it was moved here sorry if you dont like it but i dont think its has bad as your making out;)

Well you have a lot to learn. Probably more towards the beginning of your journey. Remember this when you get to the "All I shoot is bad" stage.

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