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The river Danube in a small town in Romania, Corabia .

Camera:olympus E 500
Lens:sigma 18 - 50 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
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Username:photograf photograf
Uploaded:15 Jun 2008 - 1:48 PM
Tags:Danube, General, Landscape / travel, Water, Wildlife / nature
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Hugeknot
Hugeknot  91212 forum posts Iceland2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2008 - 2:26 PM

This is a great scene with good composition. The atmosphere is great!

I would suggest a bit of colour correction, I may be wrong, but I think it would be to reduce the Cyan channel a touch to give a more natural green and to reduce the colour in the clouds.

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zarquon
zarquon  647 forum posts England55 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2008 - 3:45 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a well seen landscape image with an interesting sckyscape. The indistinct stratus clouds in the foreground are not quite as clean looking as I would expect and it looks as if cumulonimbus formations in the background are not quite as bright as they could be. the colour in this image is a bit muted and I lightened the image by moving the white point to the edge of the histogram. It needed 35 points of correction.

The water was sloping from up on the right to down on the left. Put the bottom edge of your browser window against the image at the water line and you will see it very clearly. Water is always straight so the image was rotated clockwise by .8 of a degree. The first modification is a straightened and lightened image with nothing else done to it.

The second modified image is provided to demonstrate how colour has an effect on our perceptions. You image looked quite surreal in some senses and I sought to heighten that sense of a not quite real landscape. Only you can be the judge of whether it was a useful demonstration.

The final modified image is used to demonstrate one technique for cleaning up all of the disparate elements that make it difficult to know what you intended the observer to view as the main subject. The sky has been removed, leaving just the cumulonimbus formations that were far more interesting and evocative than the stratus clouds. The light competing highlight (roof of a building?) that was showing from behind the bush on the left of the image frame was also removed.

The very heavy shadowed area to the right of the image frame was also removed as it was an area of competitive interest. I have moved the boats to one corner of the image so that they can be included in the image as an integral part of a scene depicting life around the river Danube. I had wanted to crop the image into a thin letter box frame but the competing areas of interest prevented that. I thought that the image was suitable for a very wide-angle view of that beautiful area.

Welcome to ePHOTOzine, Sturbu. I hope to see a lot more of your work. This image was a good first post and it shows that you can create a good image. with a little more attention to detail, this image would have been excellent instead of very good.

z.

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photograf  6 Romania
15 Jun 2008 - 11:28 PM

Thank you, both !

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