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Early morning Leavenworth

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Jun 11, 2010 11:04 |  #1

I haven't posted on here much. Any thoughts on how this can be improved?
I figured a graduated ND filter would be handy.

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Jun 11, 2010 12:36 |  #2

Judging by the vertical banding this has had the exposure increased by software, hence the detail in the top l/h corner should be recoverable. In the way it's presented now, the blown highlight area is far too distracting.

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Jun 11, 2010 12:55 |  #3

A GND would have helped for sure.

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Jun 12, 2010 16:45 |  #4

The fine detail is really blocky. Is this a small crop that's been enlarged?

If you just saved as a low-quality JPG to fit the uploader filesize, consider using a separate uploader like Imageshack.

It looks like the scene has potential, but the low image quality and blown-out sun as others mentioned, ruin it.

A GND isn't completely necessary, though. Underexpose a bit to preserve the highlights, shoot in RAW so you can compress highlights/shadows better, and make the crop less tight on top and bottom. Then you'll have a lovely shot.

And perhaps show up a little earlier so the sun is just cresting over the ridge, instead of in full view.

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Jun 14, 2010 18:06 |  #5

Technically, it needs work, as others have noted, but I like the composition. I even like the blown-out portion. Gives it kind of an un-earthy feel to it.

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