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This is one of the most spectacular views in the Cape Province near Cape Town. I couldn't resist taking this photograph. Bear in mind I only had this camera 1 week.

It is going to be interesting to see what reaction I get this time!!

Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Chapmans Peak
Username:DPhillips DPhillips
Uploaded:4 Dec 2010 - 4:51 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mudge
mudge  1241 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 5:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A lovely coastal shot
My only comment is that the colours lack punch and the horizon is very slightly off level
I've posted a mod. which addresses these problems, by levelling it and adjusting the Saturation / Light control levels. Hope you approve of / like it!

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devlin
devlin  4651 forum posts India39 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 5:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Dorian, welcome to the C&G gallery firstly i would recommend you read the guidlines for uploading here Smile in a nutshell provide as much info as you can on the camera settings in terms of aperture, shutter speed, focal lenght used etc Smile

Moving onto the image the colors are definitely improved by the mod already uploaded so thats been addressed, i like the way you have managed to get the exposure right in terms of the whites and the detail in the sky i feel though that this can be improved further compositionally as of now your image is split down the middle in terms of the peaks and the coast line with no one element of interest standing out or in other words the focal point of the image which draws the eyes to the image. If you get the chance to take this again try different angles try focusing on something which provides some interest to the shot overall you could also try stepping back a bit and capture the peaks in their entirety with the coast line providing additonal interest etc...

Cheers and hope this helps

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 - 5:30 PM

An excellent image

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DPhillips
DPhillips  4 South Africa
4 Dec 2010 - 5:46 PM

devlin
thanks for the advice. I will give more info in future. why I did not here is because i failed to record it!!!

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ketch
ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 6:01 PM

Hi Dorian - Ok happy to comment (but not because you clicked one of my sea shots I promise!!).

I can beleive this is one of the most breathtaking views on the Cape trouble is that the shot is not really conveying that. As noted above the coulours are a little 'muddy' and the image is just a little flat. Having said this the image is perfectly acceptable as a record. So think about creating the feeling you want when you take the shot - if it is breathtaking how are you going to create that sense (much easier said than done) within you image.

Now digital photography has also opened up the whole prospect of post production work. So if you can't get the exact shot you want get as close as you can and maybe let your post production work do the rest.

Paintshop Pro or Photoshop are pretty much industry standards - but there is stuff you can douwnload for free.

For me this is an honest image but that is also perhaps its failing. I have uploaded a mod which is intentionally 'over the top' - colous are over saturated it has been over sharpened and I have pushed curves to creat a shot that would not really be acceptable but serves to highlight how much edge, drama and extra interest can be created 'out of the camera' - of course a border can also help to promote a weaker image too.

Hope this helps a little.

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miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 6:34 PM

Some very useful advice given already. Have uploaded a panoramic crop mod, just to show a different perspective. With landscape shots like this it also important to get the right light (the golden hour as its often called). This looks like it has been shot mid-day hence very dark shadows. Hope it helps

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 6:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

ok, so now we are in the right place.

ill be honest, i like my landscapes a little further from the road, and at a time when the light is a little more magical at the start or end of the day. but that dosnt mean that there isnt a place for photography in this lighting.

i would catagarise this as a postcard style of photography and there is nothing wrong with that, this example is well exposed and the colours are well rendered and the depth of field is fine.

i think compositionally the land mass is a little heavy to balance the sea and i would have tried to arrange the composition such that the slope of the landmass came from the top left corner and included more sea in more of a 2/3 ratio. this would also move the cut of the road off the centre line and made more of the lovely white water breaking on the foreshore.

the horizon on the sea is sloping back inwards slightly and this can be adjusted easily in photoshop or similar software. its always worth checking, just scroll down and align with the top of the screen.

its not a bad image at all, just a few minor things and i would always suggestr working the scene with a good few variations to choose from later.

best regards
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 4 Dec 2010 - 6:40 PM

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Paintman e2 Member 7853 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2010 - 10:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The horizon needs straightening to horizontal. This is a basic thing to look for in a landscape and should be corrected early on in the processing unless a slanting horizon is to be used for a creative reason.

In the mod I tried a tinted mono as the other mods were in colour and this will show a different possibility to your processing.

A basic mono conversion will be quite a flat and uninspiring image so it'll need some dodging and burning to lighten and darken different parts of the photo. An increase in contrast to selected parts of the photo will add some oomph and hopefully guide the eye through the image.

Finally add some sharpening, I use the Smart Sharp filter, so the detail is enhanced.

You could try a 6 to 10 stop neutral density filter and a tripod and this will keep the land in sharp focus and the sea blurred because of the increase in shutter speed.

Alan.

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DPhillips
DPhillips  4 South Africa
5 Dec 2010 - 8:44 AM

Thanks Alan

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2010 - 1:10 PM

What you have done is a perfectly good shot, possibly the horizon does tilt a bit. For me, I think this vista looked much better to the eye than it has recorded. The lighting is very conventional - it needed some dramatic lighting, a 'sky' or something to lift it above many others.

Paul

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53587 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2011 - 1:12 PM

Its quite a nice view but feels compressed in the shot, i think the camera has been tricked into exposing for the sky not the land which is too dark. The flowers are great but only fill a part of the image. Keep up the good work - i think i've taken over 30,000 shots in the past 3 years and only printed out about 20 that i'm quite happy with and only had 2 printed above A3.

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