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Heart in mouth, here we go again! Serious critique please.
I like this but don't know if it 'passes' professionally. I purposely framed the view with the foliage to make it look like a window, used a mask with a light tone curve to lighten the foliage a little - tried a harder lighten but it took away from the island which I think is the feature - then saturated the island by 10%. Now I 'm sure someone is going to say the sky & reflection is burnt out but it truly was a grey misty day and actually whether is was or not, I think the effect suits this rather than the sunny blue sky thing. But because I am very inexperienced in these matters I will accept I've got it wrong.
It is lovely to receive nice comments but if people don't tell me honestly, I'm not going to learn much.
Thanks, Jenny

Camera:Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Lens:Leica - fixed
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Window onto the lake
Username:KangaGal KangaGal
Uploaded:18 Jul 2008 - 12:42 AM
Tags:Lake, Landscape, Landscape / travel, View, Window
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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2008 - 12:49 AM

Maybe it would have more impact in mono, it would have had more impact if you metered between the lightest and the darkest then use the reading in between, or fill in flash to lighten foliage? hope this helps?

Bernie

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
18 Jul 2008 - 1:11 AM

Thankyou Bernie - it is helpful, and a good idea, I will give the mono version a go.
Jenny

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chuckspics
18 Jul 2008 - 3:55 AM

Nice scene, I d suggest that you brush out the building in the left of the picture in the distance or crop it, other wise Beauty of a shot, Chuck

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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2008 - 10:31 AM

The reflection is beautiful the framing works well and you can always replace the sky with a blue one but then that has to reflect in the water as well, I'll be tempted to leave it grey. Ina

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
18 Jul 2008 - 2:01 PM

Thankyou very much Chuck for your advice & mod. It does look better that way.
Thankyou Ina also.
Jenny

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bangalicious
18 Jul 2008 - 2:51 PM

I really like the framing from the bushes. Agree with the above about a possible conversion to mono. You cant help the weather, but have a go at playing with contrast to bring some detail out of the "greens"

Anil.

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
19 Jul 2008 - 1:02 AM

Thankyou Anil.
Jenny

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ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2008 - 11:22 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The framing is what makes this shot work - but there is IMO too much of it and it contains little detail. The light you had to work with is terrible too - but you can imaging this shot on a fine day at dusk wow it would be superb (can't you go back?).

Have uploaded a mod

Best wishes

Robert

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KangaGal
KangaGal  664 forum posts Australia
20 Jul 2008 - 1:31 AM

Thankyou so much Robert. I see and understand the improvements you mean, thanks to the trouble you've taken. Unfortunately I can't go back for many a year anyway - it was taken at Singapore zoo.
Jenny

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