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Taken immediately after a rare snow stirm in the mountains to the east of Malaga City. The snow had gone within two hours so we had to get up there quickly to get some shots. The clouds were really wild looking adding to the strange atmosphere.

Camera:Nikon D60 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm VR.
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Ap
Metering Mode:Matrix
Flash:No
Title:Malaga snow!
Username:Footski Footski
Uploaded:18 Nov 2013 - 7:51 AM
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2013 - 9:10 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this a lot, it 'takes me there'. The important thing is the road as lead-in of course. It's a visual cliché, but it works. We are standing on that bit of foreground road, so we know exactly where we are in this, how we relate to it, and which way the eye should travel - down the helter-skelter curves to the bottom of the hill; while the distant view rises up immediately above us.

It's important that the diagonal line of the snow furrow rises from the bottom left corner, that anchors the line, holds it in place. I think I would have wanted to move just to the left, or move the camera round a couple of degrees from here, to include a bit more space for the curves on the left where there are obviously more lines in the snow to be exploited. But only a few pixels more.

The exposure on the snow is good, I'd maybe like to add a bit more brightness if it can be achieved without loss of texture. To my eye a bit more brightness in the foreground and the sky would give a better sense of depth and distance here, contrasting with the darker textures in the distance. I have to go out now, I may try a Mod later today.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 18 Nov 2013 - 9:18 AM

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7433 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1019 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2013 - 12:50 PM

I've uploaded two Mods. In the first, the changes are very slight.
Here's what I did: I used the Burn tool, set to midtones, 2% exposure and a large brush size, to sweep over the foreground snow. This helps to preserve textures that might otherwise be lost when more contrast is added.
Then I added a bit of brightness and contrast.
Then I used the Dodge tool, set to highlights, 2%, large brush, to get a bit more light into the clouds.
For the second Mod I added more brightness and contrast and made a Levels adjustment. I prefer it, but this is the stage where I start to see a loss of some detail.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 18 Nov 2013 - 12:54 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2013 - 5:07 PM

This makes a good mono because it is largly, mono. Quite a well composed strong scene with spot on exposure, although I suspect a little burning in on thesnow in places. The foreground is a bit soft. I think I might have gone to ISO400 and down a couple of stops to increase depth of field.

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