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Following a wonderful holiday in the US I am selecting a couple of pics to get printed commercially in a large size to put ion the wall at home. I would like to run them past the members and get their comments, and also see if I have missed any glaringly bad points before I commit to the expense of printing.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 May 2012 - 9:18 PM
Focal Length:33mm
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bridal Veil Falls & Half Dome
Username:Paulbee Paulbee
Uploaded:31 Jul 2012 - 2:36 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 2:46 PM

Amazing details, and soe great blue sky! WOW!

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sawsengee
sawsengee  74 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 3:31 PM

stunning valley lines, visual splendour & viewpoint Smile

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 3:35 PM

Stunning landscape in Ansells home turf. Minor critique is I would like to see a bit more contrast. A B&W mod would enhance the texture and detail. Hope this is of some help?
Matt

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 3:39 PM

Alway an impressive view, have a look to see what it looks like in mono before your send for printing
Regards Richard

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PaulHolloway
PaulHolloway e2 Member 7PaulHolloway vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 3:40 PM

I actually prefer the more natural look, especially in the sky, in your earlier posted image 'Yosemite valley'; judging by the time they they were taken they might be the same image.

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cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 8:24 PM

stunning

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Jestertheclown
31 Jul 2012 - 11:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I reckon it could do with a touch more contrast. The 'levels' histogram tapers right away at the LHS.
I've uploaded a mod in which I simply used threshold curves. The blacks are now black and the whites, white but obviously, you'll make your own adjustments.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Davesumner
1 Aug 2012 - 4:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Paul,

The shot is exposed beautifully and you had some nice light here given the time of day and how clear is the air to give you nice colours all the way to the back. I suppose I'm going to have to be the party pooper and say something negative apart from the contrast. Yes it does need a little contrast but only a small amount, not over the top because the image is very good on its own. The problem for me and it is a great image so this is only a minor niggle is, when I look at it I feel that I need to see more of the valley and less of the sky. Yes the sky is very nice but it is just that, blue sky and the trees in the foreground would have been much more interesting and give the whole scene a base to sit on. So for me it looks to be too high a viewpoint and it needs dropping down to include more foreground.

Hopefully this isn't the only shot you have.

DaVeS

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2012 - 7:35 AM

Only seen this in pics must be awesome in real life. Read many early accounts of the great US climber Royal Robbins ascents of Half Done and El Capitan. Great shot. Paul

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Paulbee
Paulbee e2 Member 1035 forum postsPaulbee vcard United Kingdom
1 Aug 2012 - 10:30 AM

Thanks for all the helpfull comments everyone. Yes paul it is the same image as I posted earlier.but I reworked the original and sharpened it in "High Pass"
Yes Dave , the air was remarkably clear (@ about 7000ft) . I found this didnt allow a gradual atmospheric layering of the distance to give the impression of depth I would have liked.
Now going to see how it looks in mono.
Regards,and thanks Paul.

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2012 - 4:09 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

stunning view i have to say, made famous by Ansel Adams of course whose use of tonality and composition is the stuff of legend. that may be your biggest problem - its a known view and i doubt his could be bettered. have a look at his shots they are all over the interweb.

but taking what you have is all we can comment on because i dont know if its from a well known viewing platform or if you have to walk for miles to get a view.

the sky is blue and the air pretty clear and some nice clouds would have been a bit better. the one you do have near the half dome is a little blown out and if it were mine and i was hoping to print large, id be tempted to lose the clouds you do have and inport a few interesting ones from somewhere else. you may of course not agree or find that type of modification acceptable but i have no problem with helping what is there.

the bottom is a bit tightly cropped and it feels a little starved of foreground interest but the shapes of the mountains are nice and the waterfall adds a lot.

its a bit hazy down in the valley and a bit of local adjustment to contrast may help and id rework a bit with less sharpness, using localised sharpening only. i thing you overegged the sharpness a little. the white on the left rock wants toning down a bit.

i too would go mono on this but it woud be a waste of time if you do so without adressing the blown white areas because any conversion you make and it needs to be a subtle conversion would make these look much worse than in colour.

then in mono you could unload with dodging and burning to make a classic. but like i say its a classic already this would be your version and it would be better to try and put your own twist on it somehow. maybe you have other views that work too.

Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 1 Aug 2012 - 4:12 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10818 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2012 - 6:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a really nice panorama.

This is the same image as one posted earlier, and I agree with Paulholloway that the original image is better balanced that this one. It looks better with more space on the bottom and less sky, so I would re consider your crop. Youve done some good work in improving the sharpness.

For this one, - the colour balance is a little cool, and as mentioned, needs more contrast, and some highligts are blown, but can be recovered. In the mod Ive made it a more panoramic image by removing some sky, BUT I wouldnt do that with the original shot.

Uploaded 2 mods, - the first cropped, and the colour temp warmed, exposure reduced, highlights toned down, and the second a mono.


I would be happy to adjust the original full sized image for you if you like the mod, just send me a PM with your email address and I will respond with mine.




Regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 1 Aug 2012 - 6:32 PM

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