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Jun 24, 2017 02:44 |  #1

I took this on a hike up a mountain in Japan. It is an Infra-red shot taken with a Sony R-1 modified for IR. It is a crop and it gets a little grainy. A has clarity slider way down around -100. B has clarity at +66. I'd like your take on the two.


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Jun 24, 2017 03:52 |  #2

Definitely the second one.
I think it would look better if it was rotated slightly so that the horizon (or line in the cloud) looked level, although it may make the tree in bottom right look a bit odd.




  
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Jun 24, 2017 07:01 |  #3

I like 763 better. To my eye it's more ethereal. It looks like the horizon needs straightening. Or perhaps that's just how the clouds formed.

The reason that I use the image number is because one browser which shall remain nameless has in the past reversed the order of images.


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Jun 25, 2017 17:36 |  #4

Second one for sure...very nice ߘ


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Jun 25, 2017 20:23 |  #5

I like both for different reasons. I like the background in 763, but like the tree in 764. In wonder how the image would look if you put 763 on a layer above 764, then mask out to reveal the tree in 764 below. I prefer a strong black and white as opposed to the purple colorizing.


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Jun 26, 2017 15:03 |  #6

Thanks Raymond, Joe, Kristine, and Nathan for your critical observations and thoughts. One thing I've learned in photography is that it's impossible to be a good self-critic, and I appreciate inputs from others. I took all of your suggestions and tried to incorporate them into a new image. I bumped the contrast on A to emulate B, then applied noise reduction to keep the dreamy look. I also deleted the little twig at the top that was conflicting the main directional lines. Finally, I used the Distort tool of PhotoShop to drag the upper left corner up to straighten the horizon, then drag the lower right corner to the right to straighten the trees down there that the horizon-shift altered. I wonder if cloning out those trees would make a better image though?


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Jun 27, 2017 08:53 |  #7

Don't remove the trees. They provide reference for scale, contrast between life and death and frame the subject well. I still like the creamier, more surreal look of the clouds in the first image, but this is a nice in-between. Successful image.


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