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A spring like walk along the very flooded River Adur this morning.
The tops of the river banks were only about a foot above the water and apparently not visible at all yesterday.
I decided to turn back when I realised the tide was coming in!

Wasn't sure about the large amount of water I'd left at the bottom of the frame at first, but decided to leave it this way as it shows better the vast quantity of water.
I'll upload a few.
Always interested to hear any comments of any kind.

Julie

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18 - 70
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Perching gates
Username:Juliee Juliee
Uploaded:11 Feb 2009 - 10:59 PM
Tags:February, Floods, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, River adur, Sussex, Winter
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2009 - 12:04 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Julie. I've concentrated on V1 here - although I also like V4.


Quote: Wasn't sure about the large amount of water I'd left at the bottom of the frame at first, but decided to leave it this way as it shows better the vast quantity of water.

There is a way to keep detail in a photo and to avoid losing it by cropping. It is a tool in PS CS4 known as 'content-aware scale' and I have demonstrated how it works in the mod I have uploaded for you. With the tool I've squeezed the photo from the bottom and (slightly) from the left, before cropping... you will notice no detail has been lost unlike ordinary cropping. I have also selected the distant hills and reduced the blueness, by a curves adjustment in the blue channel, albeit not completely. I hope you find the result interesting. Smile

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 - 8:22 AM

Brilliant shots.
Dave

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96280 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2009 - 12:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

V1
I like all the water in at the bottom for the very reason you have stated but you may consider cropping a little on th left so that each edge has a gate & fence on the bank as a visual "stop"

Also, I wonder if a polarising filter would have helped with deeping the blue of the sky, thus giving some contrast with the white clouds.

Although you have cropped quite tightly on the bottom of V3 I assume there were some reeds / grass bank that did not look quite right, which is a shame as, for me, I think it need just a little more space.

Wink Not a good place to submerge a new camera !

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Juliee
Juliee  7382 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2009 - 5:06 PM

Thanks for the comments and the mod.
Interesting to see what can be done with CS4, that very clever!

Jeff.. I was using a polariser, obviously wasn't facing in quite the right direction for it to be fully effective though.

Thanks again
Julie

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