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There is a bizarre little cottage all alone in a big empty field.

The sky was so appalling in this that I removed it and replaced it with a blue one which I hope works well with the green grass.

Please give me all the advice you can.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Little House On The Praire
Username:Fishnet Fishnet
Uploaded:31 Dec 2008 - 11:32 AM
Tags:Cottage, Deben, Field, House, Landscape / travel, River, Suffolk
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aftertherain
31 Dec 2008 - 11:43 AM

Anna,
I put a comment on your beach photo about white balance.
I'm wondering if you have it on the correct setting, you have a definate colour cast over the grass area.
If you can load a picture with the Modifications option then I'm sure one of the clever people on this site can sort out your problems for you.
Merl

Last Modified By aftertherain at 31 Dec 2008 - 11:44 AM

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Fishnet
Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 11:46 AM

Upload the original?? Argh, it's awful!!! lol

No, you're right, it's the only way to learn.

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uggyy
uggyy  82104 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 11:54 AM

Got a few dust bunnies in there too Anna. I tend to find that the images from the Nikon D80 all need a curves boost to get the impact. Looks ok to me on your final image.

Tommy

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Fishnet
Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 12:00 PM

Yes, I have one BIG bit of dust which I have to clone out of every photo I'm afraid Sad Can you see more?

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 12:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You have mentioned in your forum post that the highlights keep flashing. Nikon's are very sensitive to this, so please turn it off and use the histogram instead, especially if you are going to start shooting RAW (NEF). You can feather the leap to raw by shooting NEF+Jpg fine for a while, giving you both options.

Check the histogram and adjust the exposure with +/- ev or shoot a bracket burst. (Using the +/- ev button on the back of the camera and turning the control wheel a click or two either way will soon become second nature and you don't need to take your eye from the camera while doing it.)
Also, try changing the metering from average to spot or centre weighted (can't remember how the D80 does this) and see the differences. (The spot will meter from the focus point)

This way you will find a method of exposing (your landscapes Wink) that suits you and you are happy with. Don't be afraid to experiment with the settings, but turn off or ignore the warnings! Smile

HIH

Ian Smile

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Fishnet
Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 12:21 PM

Thank you, I have never used all these things before so I have a lot to learn.

I haven't a clue how to use the histogram so I'll have to look into that.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 1:04 PM

Lots to learn, Anna but I do like your creative images. Have a great New Year. Ron.

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aftertherain
31 Dec 2008 - 1:09 PM

Anna, I've downloaded your original shot and all it needed was the levels corrected.
There is a haze of grey on the horizon but that's as it was on the day - we had that here in Northumberland as well.

If you click the option for modifications then people can work on your photo and upload the version they've tinkered with to show you what they've done.

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paulsteds
paulsteds  9123 forum posts England
31 Dec 2008 - 1:55 PM

Haha, the little house on the prairie. I wouldn't want to live out there.
Some excellent photographical advice here, I could do with some of it myself.
Have a happy new year.
Paul

Last Modified By paulsteds at 31 Dec 2008 - 2:01 PM

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DebbieBMP
DebbieBMP  533 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 2:33 PM

Bit lonely - I like the colour of the sky but have to agree with the comments about white balance - Debi

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 2:59 PM

Try cropping it just below the house, removing almost all of the grass.

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Fishnet
Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 3:03 PM

Argh, how do I allow it to be modified, I've spent 5 mins seaching all over the place and can't see it anywhere!

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tepot
tepot  94416 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 - 3:30 PM

you need to get back to this location and re compose this with lead in lines, try to locate where you have the hedges leading into the picture instead of across it.

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dougv
dougv Site Moderator 108357 forum postsdougv vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 4:05 PM

Hey Presto!

With a wave of my Magic Wand Modifications were allowed on the photo.

Wink

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Fishnet
Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 4:17 PM

Doug, never knew YOU were the Christmas Fairy!

Thank you!

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Patricia Fenn
31 Dec 2008 - 4:24 PM

Even if you got the white balance wrong in camera it's easy to put right later (although, of course, it's best to get the job done on location).
Did a mod. It took 3 minutes, method in 'techniques>colour casts)

hope it helps.
good luck!

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strawman
strawman  1021991 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 4:48 PM

OK my take, I altered the crop to give the landscape a wider feel, then adjusted levels and played with the shadows and highlights, all in Elements.

I felt you want to emphasize the house and its isolation in the field. And yes it was very under exposed.

I hope it helps

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Fishnet  94976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2008 - 9:44 PM

Pmsl, Luis that is SO funny!!! Love the sky though!

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