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Oct 16, 2014 07:13 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm trying to get a bit more landscape experience. What C&C can you throw at this? Time of day wasn't ideal but then again the gates to this place only open at 9:00am so no option for sunrise photography :( I was quite happy with it though but curious to see what others think


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Oct 16, 2014 08:09 |  #2

Nice. My only very small comment is that the center column might look a little better off-center. See what you think. Otherwise, print it and put it on a wall.


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Oct 16, 2014 10:54 |  #3

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I thought about framing the central rock more off center but if I turned left I'd get too much bright sunlight and glare and if I turned right I'd lose some of the interesting sun/mist effect in the background on the left which I quite liked. I thought about physically moving myself to the right to accommodate everything but then I'd fall off the cliff I was on :D Moving to the left would cause me to lose what little "leading lines" the foreground rocks provide.

I also just tried cropping a bit from the leftbut I ended up with the same problems I just mentioned (losing the sun/mist effect). I think I like it better as is :)


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Oct 16, 2014 12:36 |  #4

Beautiful shot - print it and hang it.


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Oct 16, 2014 14:47 |  #5

I like your photograph a lot. If you were to experiment with another crop option, you might try cropping from the bottom left with a locked aspect ratio. That would take a bit of the foreground out, leaving the sky intact, and move the columns off center a bit.

That being said, you might just keep it as you shot it. It is a very nice landscape.


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Oct 16, 2014 23:49 as a reply to  @ Phoenixkh's post |  #6

I like it. I think the center column works where it is because of the rocks to the left and the shapes in the foreground.

If you could have moved around, the shot might also have worked with it off-center, but I think it also works as-is.

I might selectively add vibrance to the orange on the left and the light greens in the canyon. I was going to post an edited image, but the difference is subtle.


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Oct 17, 2014 09:17 |  #7

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I also selectively added vibrance upon your suggestion. Yes the difference is subtle but I do like it much more when comparing before and after :)

Regarding cropping. I tried different crops suggested but I always came back to the full picture and felt best with it that way so I guess that's how I'll leave it.

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Oct 17, 2014 21:02 |  #8

I like it, great shot! But i would like to see some more colors! Add some vibrance, but your taste may vary


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Oct 18, 2014 05:08 as a reply to  @ davidfarina's post |  #9

thanks david. I will try more vibrance but i have a phobia of oversaturated colours which i see in photos from my early photography days :) i will give it a go though


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Oct 18, 2014 07:19 as a reply to  @ nighthawk82's post |  #10

OK here's the update with all suggestions. Overall I like it more so thanks to all who commented!


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Oct 18, 2014 07:23 |  #11

^^ looks better!


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Oct 18, 2014 09:03 |  #12

It looks like that thing in the middle got in the way if a nice view! And consider cropping out the shadow at the bottom left corner.




  
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Oct 18, 2014 09:10 |  #13

This is a good shot, and I bet it would be phenomenal in magic hour light.

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #17219539 (external link)
It looks like that thing in the middle got in the way if a nice view! And consider cropping out the shadow at the bottom left corner.

I 100% agree about the shadow in the bottom left corner.




  
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Oct 18, 2014 10:07 |  #14

Well that thing in the middle is actually the focal point of the photo and the reason why I climbed a few steps and stood precariously on the edge of this cliff :D It isn't a landscape shot with a rock in the middle. It is a shot of the Belogradchik rocks (Bulgaria), within a landscape, so I'm not bothered about it being in the way ;)

I fully agree about the shadow though. Thanks!


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Oct 18, 2014 16:03 |  #15

nighthawk82 wrote in post #17219655 (external link)
I fully agree about the shadow though. Thanks!

But cropping in isn't the answer IMO, as you mentioned with trying to crop.

Actually looking at that corner, it looks like you used the clone tool already for something, but I would cone in rock rather than crop.

But interestingly enough it doesn't bug me although it is the sort of thing that might usually.

Looking at it again after a couple of days, I still think it is a good shot and print-worthy. I like the rock in the middle and it's position. The question I always ask myself in these situations is 'does the image feel balanced' and to me it does.


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