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Sunset lit landscape, CC please.

 
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Oct 26, 2014 21:20 |  #1

Tried shooting this small valley as it was lit from the sunset. Wasn't sure how to compose it because there is a lot going on.

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Oct 27, 2014 08:46 |  #2

It looks like a nice shot. Nice cloud reflections in the water. Since you're asking for feedback, I would lighten up the shadows a bit. It looks a little too dark to me.


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Oct 27, 2014 10:54 |  #3

Sometimes you can be in a beautiful place, with a nice sunset, and still find it difficult to find a spot that results in great composition. We naturally tend to be drawn to the foreground first, then pick up something light in that area to see where it leads us. While there are a lot of options to basic composition, generally one should look for elements that will lead the viewer through the landscape, deeper into the scene, to arrive at whatever is the most dominate factor in the photo. Without something of interest at the end of that journey, the photo will probably not grab the viewer.

Just guessing, from the angle you presented, there might have been a better location. The foreground doesn't provide a logical start place, but once the viewer gets over to the right foreground corner, he/she would probably follow the bank across to the left. The problem is that following that bank leads off of the picture edge. It doesn't transition to the far bank of the pond to start moving back to the right, and deeper into the shot. But, once on that far bank, it leads to the cluster of buildings which are near the right edge of the frame. Again, we are too close to the edge and the eye wants to just keep going,... out of the frame, and there isn't anything to pull us back.

This is just my opinion, of course. I try to keep shots contained within the frame, and keep the viewer following a natural 'path' of lighter areas which lead deeper into the picture. It isn't always possible.


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Oct 27, 2014 19:05 |  #4

Unfortunately off to the right is highway 20, I was spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to compose it, I have some other shots from the same sunset and I will spend some time going through them over the next few days.




  
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Nov 01, 2014 21:05 |  #5

I don't see a sunset. The sun has left this area already, it looks. Any light from the sun doesn't make this an interesting scene.




  
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Nov 01, 2014 22:21 |  #6

Agreed that it is a bit too dark. The treeline needs more light.
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