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This time I avoided the sun completely so I didn't have to deal with blow out. I did stick to the rule of thirds. I used my 10mm lens. I was quite pleased with the result. How else / what else could I have done to improve the result? Before or after.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-24.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 May 2012 - 5:05 PM
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.3
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:450
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Rape Seed Field - near Groombridge Kent
Username:perkyjude perkyjude
Uploaded:14 May 2012 - 9:51 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
14 May 2012 - 10:23 AM

Great POV (down low) lovely colours.

Rgds

John

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41208 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 10:30 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice shot, though there are a few things that spoil it for me, being picky. It is a nice pastoral landscape, but despite having so much yellow, doesn't really have much impact, and indeed the shade has given it a generally blue cast.

Firstly, the sun will make the colour more intense, especially sun lower in the sky. The lack of it here, has muted the colours. In the same vein, using an ND grad would help balance the sky with the land, and a polariser would help intensify the colours and help define your sky better (especially at right angles to the sun), which takes me on to ...
Secondly, there appears to be a halo around the treeline suggesting you burned the sky in to give it more impact....but I don't think it is dramatic enough to have so much of it. I think the image might work better as a vertical format. This will enable you to look down slightly more, where the plants are spaced out, breaking up the wash of yellow at the bottom of the frame.

The use of thirds is ok, but I feel the rhs of frame is a bit redundant, and you could lose large chunks and not really affect the image. Definitely a place to go back to soon, before the Rape is harvested, at a better time of day.

Nick

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JJGEE  96319 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 10:31 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Just a few thoughts.

I think the difficulty with this is that you have dark areas on the left and bright areas on the right with the clouds together with the oilseed rape which being yellow is also bright.

The before suggestions would be.
1) To ensure that the "whites" ( clouds ) are not clipped with the blinkies on the histogram even if it means the darks are darker.

2) Having taken the shot and got one "in the bag" hang around to see of the clouds moved so that the there was not as much contrast between dark / bright.

3) If possibly move around yourself to see if there was a composition that had the same effect as 2)

After Suggestion

I do not have the same software as you so I cannot comment on how to make adjustments, except perhaps crop just to the left of the bright clouds, top right.

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 11:02 AM

Blimey - looks like I got it all wrong...lol. I did use a polarizer and I did hang around as long as a bored 9 year old would allow but clearly failed miserably. The sad thing is I quite liked it..

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puertouk  31076 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 2:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Judith, to be honest, there's not a great deal wrong with your shot. It's a little dark on the left side of the image, but what the hell, we've got Photoshop. The portrait mob have their indoor lighting to get the best possible results. Us poor landscape mortals have the sun, cloud, rain and anything else it can throw at us. Are we bothered? No, we are a hardy bunch who get up and go to bed at rediculous times, just for the sake of getting that special image. We're not pampered poodles. Anyway, I put your image into Photoshop camera raw, adjusted the highlights. Got the adjustment brush and brought up the exposure on the sky and the land where the wall is at then end of the field. I then went into Photoshop and copied the background layer. I then went back into the layers panel - blend mode and soft light. Now I feel your image is great and has a wonderful warm and bright feel to it. Hope you like it.
Stephen

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 2:52 PM

Stephen, you have lifted my spirits - thankyou, I was feeling really disheartened. Your mod is very vibrant, and you have got rid of the blue tinge - which I initially hadn't noticed. I did try a mod of my own, not sure if that was any better than my original. We still have plenty of rape seed fields around - if it stops raining I shall give it anther go.

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Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 2:55 PM

Hi, I have done a mod simply because I couldn't resist, It is a lovely image. I firstly corrected the exposure just a little and added a touch more red and blue, and removed a bit of green. I lightened the image a bit and gave it a little selective sharpen to the fg, The image in the first place is very good, great comp and combination of colour. Hope you like the modSmile
Diane

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banehawi Critique Team 10876 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2876 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 6:26 PM

Hi Judith, - left you a note on your last upload re circular polariser.

This is potentially a good image. It looks a little dull, - lacking punch to me.

The tall flowers in the foreground are a problem in that they present a barrier to the real action further in. And they are soft, unfocused. Yellows are difficult to work with, and often end up over saturated. I dont know all the work you did post processing, apart from darkening the sky. I assume you know that for a small aperture landscape like this, you manually focus approx 13 the way into the scene, for best front to back sharpness.

And now for the difficult bit, -= this scene looks way better if you DONT abide by the ROT, and crop loads from the bottom, central horizon and call it a panoramic shot. Mod2 is the severe crop, - for me it looks best.




Regards



Willie

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Jestertheclown
14 May 2012 - 9:36 PM

Hi Judith,
Have you used any noise removal software on this?
Everything looks as if it's been smoothed out.

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 8:55 AM

Jester - no, nothing like that.

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perkyjude
perkyjude  346 forum posts England11 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 8:57 AM

Willie - I like the crop. I don't do alot of landscapes (clearly...lol) but I am trying my hand and I shall keep trying. Thankyou for the feedback everyone. Lots to work on and lots to learn.

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Jestertheclown
15 May 2012 - 9:09 AM

Thanks.
Just a thought.

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