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This is created from 2 exposures... trying to emulate a grad filter. My aim is to create a natural looking photograph. Let me know what you think?

Camera:canon 5D2
Lens:24mm
Title:3rd Rock from the sun
Username:TonyPrower TonyPrower
Uploaded:6 Oct 2010 - 4:38 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Zoundz
Zoundz  5 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 4:42 PM

I think it's lovely! Smile

xx

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soulofharmony

what do i think.. its a piece of captured Art...

fantastic ! must be viewed larger >

Last Modified By soulofharmony at 6 Oct 2010 - 4:44 PM

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DannyLenihan
6 Oct 2010 - 4:49 PM

Two words. Wow.

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jimmypaton
6 Oct 2010 - 4:55 PM

very good
jimmy

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 4:58 PM

just zooms out at you - a brilliant scene and capture

Linda

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JeniTLC
JeniTLC  6 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2010 - 5:01 PM

Mmm, lovely.

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Sean_Dillon
6 Oct 2010 - 5:08 PM

That is stunning large. Wow.
John

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mattw
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 5:09 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very impressive work there. Fantastic light, and the composition works very well.

Just to nit pick, I wonder if the sky needs to be a tiny bit brighter?
The sky looks a tad darker than the reflection, which technically should not be the case, and to my eye the sky does feel a tad on the heavy side.

But plaese note, I am only suggesting a very small adjustment - and of course, if you are trying for the 'dark and moody' feel, then you have got it spot on.

Last Modified By mattw at 6 Oct 2010 - 5:10 PM

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TonyPrower
6 Oct 2010 - 5:14 PM

Thanks for your comments!
Matt, your nit picking is great, just what I wanted.

Last Modified By TonyPrower at 6 Oct 2010 - 5:14 PM

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DannyLenihan
6 Oct 2010 - 5:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: Just to nit pick, I wonder if the sky needs to be a tiny bit brighter?
The sky looks a tad darker than the reflection, which technically should not be the case, and to my eye the sky does feel a tad on the heavy side.


Totally disagree with this comment. I think the blue in the sky is noticeably lighter, as it should be, and the clouds more intensely dark, as they should be. The intensity of the colours in the reflection is muted by the clarity of the water, hence why they appear darker in the sky. The reality is that they are blacker, not darker. The only really dark part is at the bottom edge, which I assumed to be vignetted slightly, in which case YES it is slightly heavy, but the bulk of the image is perfect IMHO.

Of course, it is just my opinion, and Matt's is just as valid, if not more so.

Last Modified By DannyLenihan at 6 Oct 2010 - 5:20 PM

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TonyPrower
6 Oct 2010 - 5:33 PM


Quote: Quote:Just to nit pick, I wonder if the sky needs to be a tiny bit brighter?
The sky looks a tad darker than the reflection, which technically should not be the case, and to my eye the sky does feel a tad on the heavy side.
Totally disagree with this comment. I think the blue in the sky is noticeably lighter, as it should be, and the clouds more intensely dark, as they should be. The intensity of the colours in the reflection is muted by the clarity of the water, hence why they appear darker in the sky. The reality is that they are blacker, not darker. The only really dark part is at the bottom edge, which I assumed to be vignetted slightly, in which case YES it is slightly heavy, but the bulk of the image is perfect IMHO.

Of course, it is just my opinion, and Matt's is just as valid, if not more so.

Well I agree with you both! There are parts of the sky, such as the blue which have the desirable balance, but I think the part Matt is referring to it the clouds directly above the sunlight rays. They are noticeably darker in the sky than in the reflection.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 5:37 PM

It has the look of hdr Tony, I've been using Enfuse a great little software package that looks natural but still gives the depth and can handle lots of images at once.

Dougie

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 5:53 PM

Beautiful shot.well done.

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 5:54 PM

Fab shot you feel just like you where there Iam sorry to say have not looked
at your work before its outstanding well done
mike

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6 Oct 2010 - 6:11 PM

Jokusarlon magic, Tony. Ron.

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TonyPrower
6 Oct 2010 - 7:11 PM


Quote: It has the look of hdr Tony, I've been using Enfuse a great little software package that looks natural but still gives the depth and can handle lots of images at once.

Dougie

I am steering well clear of HDR, this is not HDR in the classic sense, but I do appreciate that it does have a slight hdr look. I couldn't get on with Enfuse!

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Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 8:04 PM

Stunning sky reflections and rays. If you don't mind a little more nit picking, the dark patches at the bottom of the frame look a tad too dark to me.

As with Matt and James, this is just my personal opinion.

Nigel

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akhtarkhan
akhtarkhan  12 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2010 - 10:03 PM

Fabulous work giving zoom affects.Good reflections and colours alround.
Akhtar

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TONKSPHOTO
6 Oct 2010 - 10:18 PM

I dont kow about been in the right place at the right time,your always there.Excilent..JT

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mattw
mattw  105189 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2010 - 12:07 AM


Quote: Totally disagree with this comment. I think the blue in the sky is noticeably lighter, as it should be, and the clouds more intensely dark, as they should be. The intensity of the colours in the reflection is muted by the clarity of the water, hence why they appear darker in the sky. The reality is that they are blacker, not darker. The only really dark part is at the bottom edge, which I assumed to be vignetted slightly, in which case YES it is slightly heavy, but the bulk of the image is perfect IMHO.

Interesting Observations Danny! You are of course right, although I stand by my first reaction in that the tones feel a tiny bit 'heavy' (If you know what I mean) . Of course, this may be just be exactly what the photographer intended.

Ultimately, Tony you may just have to print it out (large!) and see what you think.

I can tell you one thing - projected using a digital projector in a dark room - this will blow your socks off Grin

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82344 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2010 - 12:50 PM

A good result - I wish it were mine (Wink).

Just to pick uyp on the hdr point. HDR as a technique seems these days just to be reserved for the programmes such as photomatix and the hdr feature of photoshop. To me this image is still a hdr, as multiple exposures have been blended to give a final result that shows a dynamic range that was higher than that possible in a single exposure (in this case taken without filtration).

I also agree about the comments regarding the tones. MattW stresses that this is nit-picking, and I'd agree (although it is still worth stating given the op's request). My point is - how much do images need to represent reality in order still to work well? This image works for me. It speaks on an emotionally plane in addition to an aesthestic plane. Is the purpose of the image to be a record of what was there - or to communicate something else in addition (or both)? The tones may matter if this was strictly a matter of record, but to me they matter less when communicating feeling and emotion. To me a good landscape is not a mere record, but rather an image that communicates on an emotional level too.

Just an opinion...

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HobbitDave
7 Oct 2010 - 9:40 PM

More than impressive! Would make a fine wall-poster. Beautiful!
Dave.
I do like the comments above, and as to the question 'how much do images need to represent reality in order still to work well?' I think the simple answer is that ultimately they don't need to at all.
This one does do the latter, being a landscape, and does it so well!

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soulofharmony

Returned .. to view again... and still love it as much... it's pure art in nature .

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