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Hi all.

I have returned to this spot a million times (slight exageration there perhaps), but can't get this right, you can tell how badly I have failed, because this is the best of the bunch! I know that their has been a thread about using PS to fix bad photos, however, I have tried to tweak the settings in PS, but just can't get it right. PLEASE tell me how to improve this image.

Thank you for taking the time on commenting on my last uploads, as i find your feed back really encouraging.

Stephen.

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Title:Naff!!!
Username:jaspernina jaspernina
Uploaded:24 Jul 2007 - 3:26 PM
Tags:Black & white, Frustration, General, Help, Landscape / travel, Naff
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keithh
keithh  1022734 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 3:36 PM

.....light


...being there at the right time will improve it no end.

As i stands now, inputting a levels value of 0,0.79,175 will lift the whites and neutrals

Last Modified By Dave at 24 Jul 2007 - 3:40 PM

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 3:46 PM

I'm not very good at doing mods, but have tried.
Hope you thnk it's OK.
I much prefer to get the composition right before I click the button , but sometimes we just have to get what we can.
As Keith said, the right time makes a difference.
HilarySmile

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
24 Jul 2007 - 3:46 PM

Nice composition, lacking a little punch,
Fred.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 3:59 PM

First thing i though of was light--- Has been said already---

Comp is good!

jennnn

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MrsS
MrsS  74527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 4:13 PM

Paul's suggested you try this - -

Has to be in CS1 or above:

Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight and put 15% [or there about in shadow field]

Give it a go Smile

Cheers!

Fran x

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Hop-A-Long
24 Jul 2007 - 4:25 PM

The main problem I think is light, it is a little harsh in places and hard to alter. I have submitted a modification which I hope you like. It is a nice image though. I think we all have a picture that we can never get just how we want.
Andy

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Ethan_photo
24 Jul 2007 - 6:09 PM

I like this. Seems a lil dark on my screen.

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 6:54 PM

a haunting image,but have to agree with the above on the light.keep going you'll get there.
ian

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2007 - 9:58 PM

I like it but I'm no expert! JudeC

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Andree_Borrel
24 Jul 2007 - 10:38 PM

On the little i know Stephen i think id highlight the trees and background a little to lose some of the darkness

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theeyesoftheblind

I'd have to play with it for a bit but if something comes up I'll let e know. Clive

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2007 - 7:14 AM

I like the somber darkness in this, this is what makes the scene that interesting. If ever modified anything, than Fred's one would suit me best.
Johanna

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ChristineL
25 Jul 2007 - 7:37 AM

Looks like a great subject to stick with, I don't like to do critiques, but I think I would listen to Keith and the others about light,
Chris.

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Libby_M
Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2007 - 10:53 AM

well i think this is fab

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2007 - 11:38 AM

If you have elements 4 go into enhance then adjust lighting/highlights and shadows..Hope this helps?

Bernie

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richc
richc  12 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 - 11:18 PM

Like the subject matter & can see good progress with the post processing.

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2007 - 1:25 AM

I've had a go, see mod.
Brian

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jaspernina
29 Jul 2007 - 4:18 PM

Thanks everyone, I've learnt quite a lot off this image, will go back & take another shot and try to do better.

Stephen

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dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
30 Jul 2007 - 12:31 AM

I like the subject matter as well and I went in and did a mod. hope you like it.
Dawn Michelle

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AEasthope67
19 Aug 2007 - 12:53 PM

Not sure what your settings were on this photo. Would be interesting too what time of day - early or late eveninig?? Maybe a longer exposure time at same aperture before making adjustments in PE4 or CS2? hard to say - I love this photo even though it is a little dark - my immediate name for it was midnight at the oasis - but i cant justify using the word oasis!!
Andy

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