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Spotted this fence dropping down into the lake while out for an evening and fired off a few rounds. Taken handheld and only a small crop later on in PS. Any comments / advice appreciated, thanks! Justin

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Title:Sunset on the Lough
Username:Justinitus Justinitus
Uploaded:15 May 2009 - 10:57 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2009 - 11:09 PM

great comp colour and light wonderful capture
andy

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cozzie
cozzie  1056 forum posts Northern Ireland
15 May 2009 - 11:18 PM

love it

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freespiritscotland

Lovely composition. I can't advocate chopping down the tree but the fence alone would make an awesome composition.

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malc_c  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2009 - 3:57 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Why can't we ever resist a lovely sunset? We're never going to change the world with another sunset picture, but they still always make us smile and feel relaxed within ourselves...

I just made a couple of minor edits in my mod-
- cloned out some of the tree- I didn't do it all partly because I think there is more than enough and I felt cropping some of the left side off would help to pull the sun towards the centre of the image. Partly because I'm being lazy!
- corrected the barrel distortion and rotated for a level horizon
- cropped off some of the bottom of the image so where the fence exited was better placed towards the corner.
- haven't touched any levels as the image is a bit small

Last Modified By malc_c at 16 May 2009 - 4:05 AM

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Patricia Fenn
16 May 2009 - 3:58 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Really beautiful image with wonderful colour.

I've done a mod to clone out the distracting tree. Lifted shadows 30%, dodged the first post to bring out the wood texture and saturated it a little with the sponge tool.
Burned the mid-tones of the sky and the reeds and dodged the foreground water to lift it a little more.

I see you saved the jpg at resolution 300, this makes quite a small image to work on. 72 res works betterSmile
20 minutes.

Stunning location well captured and exposed.
Hope that helps.

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apierzchala
16 May 2009 - 10:09 AM

I agree that the tree is distracting and competes with the fence too much. I guess that on location it would have been difficult to crop it out in the camera. However, you have to be careful with the digital editing… sorry but I think that Patricia has over-cooked that front post because it now looks over-bright compared to the angle at which the sun hit it. Your original image shows just a hint of colour, and that looks more natural. The other thing to suggest is a grad filter over the sky and reflection of the sun – that will help to bring out more colour in the water. Rgds., Adam

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Justinitus
16 May 2009 - 10:24 PM

Thank you all for the input and advice - as an avid learner, its greatly appreciated!

Malc_c: Strangely, I had also done a crop to take out the tree and first fence post too! Now I look at it again, it works better that way I think. Noticed also the barrel distortion for the first time.... as I'm new to PS I'll have to learn that one although I do have that edit function in the camera.

Patricia: Thank you for the resolution tip and for your advice - your obviously a wizz with PS!!

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Patricia Fenn
17 May 2009 - 1:57 AM

Thanks very much for the feedback, it's always appreciatedSmile

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