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taken in the Pentlands UK on a frosty morning.
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Nice photo, seems well exposed even with the bright light and snow against the dark trees. There are only a few things I would suggest:
First, I'd say that the photo needs a stronger subject. It's a good image of the forest, but there's nothing really to look at apart from the bright light and tree to the left and the diagonal branch to the right. Maybe having someone in the shot, or perhaps changing the angle of the photo (crouching down and shooting up at the canopy maybe?) would really give this photo a bit of extra kick.
Secondly, the lens flare on the right (the red one) is a bit out of place, so I'd perhaps clone or crop that out.
Third, the bright sun on the left looks interesting, but is a bit 'in your face'. I think it would look more dramatic if it was only just peering out from around the tree? Of course, this could also make the interesting light disappear so it would be a kind of trial and error thing.
Unfortunately I don't have any photo editing software on this computer otherwise I'd try cloning out that lens flare. I don't think a lot needs to be done to the actual photo though, as I said it's well exposed and has been taken level so (apart from the above) it's a nice shot.
Rachel has provided you with some excellent critique there and I agree with her comments.
Shooting into the sun is always a bit of a challenge and fortunately the two trees have reduced its intensity here enough to get away with the shot. The flaring is an unavoidable issue in these types of shots. The camera in its attempt to handle the bright light has underexposed some of the tree trunks etc which is to be expected and is the more preferred option than them being correctly exposed and the rest all overexposed.
I just created a quick mod to clone out the flare for Rachel's comment and lifted the light on the tree trunks. I also warmed the image very slightly and sharpened it.
Hope this helps
Thanks guys. This has been very helpfull.
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