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Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jul 2013 - 6:12 AM
Focal Length:47.5mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:i can see you !!!!
Username:blakeyguin blakeyguin
Uploaded:13 Jul 2013 - 12:22 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84277 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 12:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A gorgeous scene - I really like the composition and format. I also like the fact you've not only caught the heron, but the wonderful reflection of the tree.

I've had a bit of a play in Photoshop Elements 9, I didn't do a lot though. Just a few tweaks in 'Lighting' and 'Contrast'. A small crop (left and bottom) and a little sharpening. I also removed the white boat(?) on the right. If I was more adept I may have changed the sky, but that is just me! Smile

Thank you for allowing mods.

Last Modified By KarenFB at 13 Jul 2013 - 12:45 PM

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7431 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1018 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2013 - 4:31 PM

The composition makes good use of portrait format, the weeping willow leading down into its reflection, and the reeds bottom right giving a satisfying semi-frame to support the bottom of the image. The water right at the bottom is a bit messy though, I would be inclined to crop off just a sliver. I think this also needs to be rotated about 1 degree clockwise, reflections should drop straight down from their subject, I suspect that if you look at this with a grid over it you'll find that they don't quite.
The heron is a lovely detail, the white thingy to the right (I'm not sure if it's actually a boat, it looks more like a rolled-up carpet!) is less attractive - I agree with Karen that it needs to go. I'd also get rid of a couple of tiny bits of foliage pushing into the frame top left above the trees. What editing software do you have? If you have the clone tool, this is a good place to start practising!
The main problem though is that the image is quite flat and dull, the water lacks sparkle. Again depending on your software, look at what possibilities it offers for enhancing light. This needs brightness and contrast. If you have Levels, experiment with moving the left hand slider to the right, to the point where it touches the rise of the graph, and then try adjusting the middle slider. That will give a better sense of shapes, distance, a more 3-dimensional feel.
I'll try a Mod and upload it in due course - in case you don't know where to access them - click on the Modifications button under your upload, then on the thumbnail.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 13 Jul 2013 - 4:33 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8768 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1596 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2013 - 6:01 PM

A pleasant scene, Stephen, with a good reflection of the tree, and of course you have the heron, even though it's a bit small. But the scene makes up for that.
My major niggle is the burnt out sky area, and the way that light has degraded the tops of the trees, so in my modification I have done a square crop, eliminating the sky. The heron is now placed centrally on the horizontal, but on a thirds intersection on the vertical. I made a levels adjustment to brighten the image and add colour and contrast, without having to worry about the sky looking even worse.
Pamela.

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2013 - 1:29 PM

Some good critique here for you to mull over, have to agree with all that has been mentioned for improvement but a great composition and good attempt

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