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Photo taken with strong side lighting. I liked the way the wall and road were winding around the hill and into the distance.

Lens:Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Feb 2013 - 5:50 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Aperture:f/11
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AV
Metering Mode:Evaluative
White Balance:AWB
Title:The Wall
Username:Hilmar Hilmar
Uploaded:27 Feb 2013 - 7:49 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 10:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

so do i , it is a strong lead and has the added bonus of the snow. think there could be a little too much sky as its dragging me up there, its acting like two shots, one at the top and one at the bottom.

the more i look, the more im thinking a lower viewpoint on the wall an d a horizontal format may have worked too. as it is id takle the sky down to the top of the peak on the top right.

nice contitions , lovely scene and well exposed with a great depth of field control. also t was great touch framing the composition cleanly into the bottom right corner with the diagonal leading line.

Phil

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 11:37 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A really nice shot Hilda and it reminds me of not so long ago when we all had snow. Grin I agree with a lot of Phil's comments and I have loaded a mod with the sky trimmed to just reduce the amount of plain blue. If there had been some cloud I would have probably left this.

I also notice that you have blue snow. I have had this problem myself and it comes from the sky reflecting off the snow surface, however we all expect snow to be white so in my mod I have selected a "grey" point to restore a more natural colour to the road snow. - do not be tempted to set a "white" point as this will have a very over exposed effect removing much of the colour and detail.
To set the white balance I also had to select the road snow and adjust this separately due to the excess of blue around the image which on my first attempt caused the image to be very bright with a yellow cast.

I notice some slight haloing between the sky and the hill which I would assume has come from some post shot processing, all I would say is try not make too large adjustments as haloing is usually caused by too much of an effect.

Really nice image and I hope my comments help you.

Eric Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 8:49 AM

It is a well seen composition but Eric has the colour balance sorted. Blue sky, snow and shadow will equal blue cast in some areas at least. It just misses something for me and it is that figure again. Would dearly love a suitably placed main subject to set the scene off.

Paul

Last Modified By paulbroad at 28 Feb 2013 - 8:49 AM

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Hilmar
Hilmar  2 Ireland
28 Feb 2013 - 10:10 AM

Thanks very much for your comments. I really appreciate all the advice and assistance. I did notice beforehand the blue tone in the snow and is good to know now how to fix that. I can now see the halo effect spotted by Eric. Is there any particular adjustment in Raw processing which causes that i.e. contrast or clarity? I agree with Paul and wish there had been a subject to include in the scene.

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 10:37 AM

Hi Hilda
The halo effect can be caused by applying too much clarity to the shot. The best way to avoid this is to zoom into an area where dark and light meet such as a hill against a sky and to adjust the clarity until you just see the halo start t appear and then back it off slightly.

After this you should always inspect to see if other are4as have been affected and if so just back it down a bit more.

Hope this helps

Eric

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2866 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2013 - 3:12 PM

A different take on a mod from me. Reducing clarity did indeed remove the halo as Erik mentioned. I would crop space from the bottom for a differetn road/sky balance. The shy itself is underexposed due to the showy foreground, so it can be brightened a little.

The overall scene lacks sharpness, though your speed is fast enough, its borderline unless you have hands of steel! 1/60 at f/8 might have given you a sharper image. I did sharpen a little in the mod, but cant go too far, so thats why Im suspecting a faster shutter speed would be better.

Slight blueness in snow that in shadow is not abnormal, - just slight.


Nice scene, the roadway to the sky.



regards


Willie

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