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Sunlight in Skipton Woods
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Just my take on your shot. As descibed on the mod.
I was trying to pick out the sun's rays more, but couldn't get it to work. Another way around this is to paint them in with PS. I've seen a couple of techniques for acheiving it, one is on EPZ.
With hindsight, I may have lightened too much.
Hello, Gavin. I used to love spending hours wandering through the woods in the New Forest, and enjoyed it when the light threw shadows of trees across an autumnal carpet of golden leaves. It's brave of you to shoot into the light, but that's what makes this a lovely image, the contrasts, and you have pulled it off well. The leaves at the top are out of focus, but that doesn't detract too much. However, to get everything in focus, use a smaller aperture. The canopy of leaves helps to diffuse the bright sunlight, though there are places within the canopy that have inevitably lost detail. What makes this interesting is the diagonal line of the top of the forest floor. As we get deeper into autumn, this type of shot will become more colourful and warm. I feel that the image could be enhanced more to bring out its full potential. I have done a modification where I cropped top and right, the right was done so that the large tree on that side sat against the frame edge. I adjusted highlights and shadows to get some more contrast, adjusted levels, saturated the golden leaves, deepened the tree shadows, cloned some leaf detail into a few of the burnt out areas, then used colour balance the the desaturation tool to remove the blue from the background tree trunks, finishing with a high pass sharpen.
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