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I nearly always use an ND grad for my sunrises. In this case, I tilted it to leave the dune unfiltered, enhancing the color in the sky and water but also leaving some of the receding beach in shadow. Is that light falloff distracting and unnatural? Most people wouldn't recognize such flaws, but they might register anyway. Feedback always welcomed.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jul 2012 - 5:59 AM
Focal Length:17mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Dune at sunrise
Username:LightTouchesSurface LightTouchesSurface
Uploaded:20 Jul 2012 - 11:29 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32328 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 12:45 PM

A really beautiful low-light coastal image, full of natural colours, tones and textures, running ragged through this gorgeous photograph.

Regards Nathan

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11272 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 1:41 PM

As you want feedback on this image then I personally would say yes, it is distracting. It's almost like it's two images side by side, and that darker patch on the left hand side where the light falls off is a bit too much and does make it look unnatural. Although the sky is a fabulous colour, if I cover the left hand side of the image and just look at the right hand side (roughly half and half), it's a much more restful image for me. I also think that, because of the heavily coloured left hand side, it makes it appear as though the horizin is slighty off true horizontal, although this could be an optical illusion.

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aeras
aeras  2 Cyprus6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 5:19 PM

IMHO the foreground which is prominent in the frame , has nothing of interest. Usually a feature like a rock a log etc would balance the composition especially if you manage to put them to appear on the left lower part of the frame since the eye usually reads from left to right. Instead one can see all that small twigs that are really distracting.

To create something more moody I would have bracketed to see what exposure suits the situation better which in this case it would have to be about one stop lower to make the sky richer in colour and the foreground less prominent.

I also find the difference in light in the sky not so appealing.

Take care

Charles

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM

Hello, I have done you a mod, To me the image is lovely, a great comp colour and sky, love the sand ripples too. All it lacks is a bit of drama. I have tried to do this for you by altering the exposure and colour saturation and contrast, I did remove a touch of red and straighten the horizon, It is hard to see exactly the correct horizon due to the dark stretch of land and the dune, sometimes it is best to straighten nearly last off all so it is more prominant, Finally I gave it a selective sharpen, not to oversharpen the grass that is now sort of half silhouette and I think balances the image more.
Hope you like itSmile
Diane

Last Modified By Fefe at 20 Jul 2012 - 9:51 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 9:52 PM

The technique is excellent buut there is no subject. You need somthing to act as a focal point in he foreground.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 9:50 AM

Maybe the use of a ND Graduated filter would have been the answer, however, I have another possible one.

To me when deciding which part of the image should be prominent, I would have considered the foreground to be so lacking in interest that I would have majored on the sky leaving 1/3 for the foreground rather than the approximate 2/3 which exists. Doing that obviates somewhat (not altogether), the necessity for graduated, or tilting as you have done. I say that because the sky seems to have a lot to offer for the viewer whilst the sandy area seems to me not to have the same appeal.

Some person or object would help even more to complement the foreground, but at least the grassy knoll would be more prominent and help fill the void.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 21 Jul 2012 - 9:52 AM

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