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Taken with my old Camera: Captured these two little ones viewing the beautiful sunsetting. I have not altered anything in photoshop, i didn't think it needed any enhaning, looks level to me but i will let my Ephotozine friends be the critiques.Wink

Kind regards
Lulu Smile

Brand:CASIO COMPUTER CO.,LTD.
Camera:Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Sep 2011 - 6:01 PM
Focal Length:4.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.2
Aperture:f/7.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Flash
Title:Lake Garda Sunset
Username:Lulukirk Lulukirk
Uploaded:5 Jan 2013 - 12:57 AM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:39 AM

This has great potential. Super composition but the sky is just a tad too bright. Either darken it or crop most of it off, the former preferably. I think it should be possible.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:49 AM

It is an attractive shot but I would be tempted to crop off some of the sky, perhaps just below that bit of purple colour fringing. Your comment about level, to me is appears to have a slight slope down to the left.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 5 Jan 2013 - 8:50 AM

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Lulukirk
Lulukirk  1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 - 11:29 AM

Thanks Paul and Frank I've uploaded a modification: i've cropped and darkened. unsure how to staighten the slope to the left so left it or would it make a big difference if it was straightened?

Kind regards
Lulu x Grin

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 1:10 PM


Quote: Thanks Paul and Frank I've uploaded a modification: i've cropped and darkened. unsure how to staighten the slope to the left so left it or would it make a big difference if it was straightened?

Kind regards
Lulu x Grin

What software are you using?

Frank

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Lulukirk
Lulukirk  1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 - 4:35 PM

I'm using Adobe photoshop CS but still trying to find my way round it! i have got paint shop pro which i need to re download onto my computer which i am more used to.
Lulu x

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 6:07 PM

In PaintshopPro, go to the menu down the left side, choose the Straighten Tool. Mode: Auto. Check "crop image". Place the line on your horizon. Zoom in close in order to get more accuracy. Check the Apply box (green arrow). Done.
Pamela.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:40 PM

Its basically a very nice shot Louise. This format, which the Casio is capable of is 16:9, and is a long and narrow image.

The presence of the bright sky in the first place is what gave you the darker foreground, which is an attractive part of the shot. Two kids gazing over the lake at sunset, - very romantic.

Level is something to be carful of when you are dealing with a lake, and the absence of a reliable reference for horizontal or vertical. The side of a lake can curve, making the image appear a little off; and that wooden post cant be used as a vertical. In my mod its so close to be negligible. if I use the lake edge as a horizontal reference, I would agree with Frank, but I dont trust the reference.

Anyway, - your mod is very good, - improved a lot.

I have uploaded three variations. First crops to an 8 X 10 format; next is the original 16:9, with the brightness toned down and sharpened a little; last is mod2 with some of the foreground shadow lifted so its a little lighter in the foreground. Nice eye for a good shot. If only she had leaned over and kissed him! In all shots, Ive placed the kids on a third, and they are the focal point of the shot, not the lake, - thats the setting.

Photoshop CS, - does it have a version number, or simply CS? Either way, the fifth too from the top on the left toolbar, - right click it and you see see the ruler tool; select it and draw a line accross a horizon, or down a vertical; then Image>Rotate>arbitrary>ok. Later versions of CS, when you draw the live, there a straighten option that pops up.



Hope this helps,




Regards



Willie

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Lulukirk
Lulukirk  1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 - 11:48 AM

Thank you Willi and Pam for your great advice and modifications, will practice a liitle more.
Kind regards
Lulu Smile

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