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Take on the meadows looking ovr the River Dee

Camera:Nikon P90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:river dee in the snow
Username:bigbirdr7 bigbirdr7
Uploaded:15 Jan 2010 - 11:33 PM
Tags:Architecture, General, Landscape / travel
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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9890 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2010 - 11:40 PM

a wonderful shot super reflections the one thing that spoils this shot for me is you have your shadow in the foreground
Neil

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 - 12:02 AM

Hi cantona,
thanks for the feedback didn`t spot the shadow it is a distraction i agree.

Sylvia

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certx  7415 forum posts United States1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 4:11 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Yup, the shadow is definitely a distraction, and probably the first thing I saw when I looked at the foreground. But aside from that my initial response was that I like the shot.

As a thought, I wonder what it would have looked like with the waterline on the far shore a little higher in the frame. Maybe even shot from kneeling or lying down on the ground right at the waters edge. Would have made for some nice looong reflections.

Curtis

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young_al
young_al  5 England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2010 - 11:15 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

tried cropping the image down a bit, there was quite a lot of sky but not much actually happening in it, no clouds for you unfortunately.
removed a bit of foreground too as i thought it might make what was left of the shadow a little less distracting???

tried to lighten the shadow also but not sure it really worked on the jpeg.... tiny bit of colour boost to get some vibrance in the sky

hope thats ok.
al

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annmackiemiller
16 Jan 2010 - 1:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'm just a beginner but I wondered if you could just clone out the shadow in Photoshop? Otherwise I liked this very much. I agree a shot from kneeling or lying down would have been worth seeing.

Last Modified By annmackiemiller at 16 Jan 2010 - 1:37 PM

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 - 8:54 PM

Hi annmackiemiller,
thanks for the comment as i have said to other members i need to practice on the photoshop.My husband is always saying to me get down lower to the scene i think i need to do as i am told.i will try and put my efforts on this site for more comments

Sylvia.

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 4:37 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Sylvia,
You have a nice tranquil shot here, capturing the stillness of the riverside blanketed in snow. Your shadow in the foreground is an issue as had been well covered, but actually the whole foreground is superfluous...

You already have depth to the image because of the reflections, and scale because of familiar objects such as houses and boats. So we're left with the foreground being little more than a big bright distraction. What's more, getting rid of it simplifies the image and lets us see what you are portraying more clearly.

Obviously this should be 'fixed' through composition, but I have posted a mod where I have cropped and cloned as appropriate to illustrate. I also-

  • cropped much of the sky (in fact you could probably remove a little more) to give something of a letterbox presentation
  • used a curves adjustment to give a little more contrast
  • progressively darkened the sky with a levels adjustment and a layer mask to hold the image in at the top- again not too much to make it shout out

Hope this helps,
malcolm

Last Modified By malc_c at 17 Jan 2010 - 4:41 AM

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bigbirdr7
bigbirdr7  6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 - 1:23 PM

Hi Malcolm,
Thank s for the comments you have done an amazing job on my photo.I am trying to get on with photoshop but not doing very well.I trying to follow the great advice i am receiving from everyone .At the moment i am taking in the comments on shooting at a lower level and making sure i don`t shot anything such as my own shadow.Thanks again for a great improvememt.
Sylvia

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2010 - 5:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Sylvia,
Don't be too prescriptive over the 'shoot low' comments. In a case like this shooting from a low viewpoint would reduce the space the water took up in the image, and in return that would reduce the space for the reflections. As the reflections rather make this image, that may not be a good thing. On the other hand if there was something boring such as pavement there, reducing or even hiding it by adopting a low viewpoint would be just what you wanted.

As an example, if you look at my 'Whitby Abbey' picture (http://www.ephotozine.com/u45924/gallery/1252077) I even stretched the foreground in photoshop to increase the size of the lake for balance. Of course, if had had a step ladder at my disposal....

malcolm
ps thanks for the constructive critique vote.

Last Modified By malc_c at 17 Jan 2010 - 5:34 PM

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annmackiemiller

Sylvia - thanks for the constructive critique vote

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