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Taken one evening from my back garden. Decided to use this photo to test out the new software I got from my Mac (Aperture 2). So far the software passes the test, it's very easy to use and I was able to remove the power cables that were hanging across the picture without any trouble.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Garden Sunset
Username:Carrera_c Carrera_c
Uploaded:15 Aug 2009 - 1:05 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 1:10 PM

Dramatic shot. Can't see where the cables were! And the little bit of flare works for you. The sun is very bright and very central. Hard to tell from a jpeg if there is any tone in the centre of the sun. Could add a bit if not and you wanted to print, maybe. I think there may be a better crop. I've masked off different parts on the right with my hand, and I think maybe cropping to where that largish clump of trees reaches its highest point might be effective - just to move the sun away from the centre.

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QuinnyA
QuinnyA  5 Australia59 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 1:59 PM

Sorry I can count 7 cables across the image, even at this size, or am I dreaming.
Tend to agree with Sue's comments on the crop, levels and composition, overall a good concept image but still needs a lot of work - Cheers Andy

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Carrera_c
Carrera_c  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 3:39 PM

Thanks for the above comments, I've done a modification based on what you've highlighted.

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QuinnyA
QuinnyA  5 Australia59 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2009 - 1:22 AM

You are starting to get some good things happening with the image.

Even though it is going to break some rules (1/3 rule) - I find the darkness of the top and bottom a bit of an issue and would crop out a bit of the top sky or alternatively try to get a bit more cloud detail coming in especially in the left top part.

Try a few different crops - saving each and then play them back as a slide show to yourself - I am sure one will jump out at you.

It is all part of the learning curve - the darkroom has always been a photographers best tool.
Cheers - Andy

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Carrera_c
Carrera_c  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2009 - 1:29 PM

Andy, thanks again for your comments. I tried a few different crops and the latest modification stood out for me. There's more detail in the clouds and the sun's still slightly off centre. Think it's beginning to look pretty good.

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QuinnyA
QuinnyA  5 Australia59 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2009 - 3:56 PM

You have just about got it - a little more fine tuning - around the sun is required but that will come as you gain more experience with your editor - hope you found our comments and tips helpful - keep on shooting
Cheers - Andy

Last Modified By QuinnyA at 16 Aug 2009 - 3:56 PM

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