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The light was especially good this last week, while I travelled up to oban from lochgilphead, you can see the light shinning on the far mountains. Thought black and white looked better, also used curves in photoshop. Any suggestion to make it look even better are welcomed. Thanks for looking.

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Title:scottish mountains
Username:abesad abesad
Uploaded:14 Feb 2010 - 9:26 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2010 - 10:12 PM

beautiful shot.well taken.
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15 Feb 2010 - 12:46 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Though the light was good, the scene is rather dull overall.

The foreground is quite dark, - perhaps due to a bright sky?

Iv;e loaded a mod with some localized contrast adjustment, - especially making the clouds a little more ominous, and cropped to remove some dead space on the right. I added height by adding some extra canvas space at the bottom and cloning for an improved composition.


Hope this is helpful,

Regards


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abesad
abesad  5 Scotland
15 Feb 2010 - 8:47 AM

This looks great, could you possible run through how you did this please for example what feathering did you use for the sky after highlighting it. Also what did you do to make it the rest brighter? Thanks
susan







Quote: Though the light was good, the scene is rather dull overall.

The foreground is quite dark, - perhaps due to a bright sky?

Iv;e loaded a mod with some localized contrast adjustment, - especially making the clouds a little more ominous, and cropped to remove some dead space on the right. I added height by adding some extra canvas space at the bottom and cloning for an improved composition.


Hope this is helpful,

Regards


Willie

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banehawi Critique Team 10876 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2876 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2010 - 3:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Using layers and masks, it is possible to make a change, and the remove it from the area of the picture where you dont want the effect.

The sky for example: I made a layer copy. I opened a curves adjustment layer; i pulled the darker end of the curve way down, and raised the light a little; this affected the entire pic. I then applied a layer mask to the copy, and using a black brush at 100% opacity I painted black in the mask in the areas where theres no sky. This removes my adjustment from all areas Ive painted leaving the sky as I wanted it. The layer>flatten and youre done. You can Google layer mask tutorials for lots of info.


For the lower area, I did essentially the opposite, used curves to lighten, which lightened everything, and the a layer mask to remove lightening from the sky.


Hope this is somewhat helpful, - it sounds complicated, but if you try it slowly step by step you will find its quite easy.



Regards



Willie

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abesad
abesad  5 Scotland
15 Feb 2010 - 3:37 PM

Thank you so much, I shall have a go at that, and see how i get on.
regards susan




Quote: Using layers and masks, it is possible to make a change, and the remove it from the area of the picture where you dont want the effect.

The sky for example: I made a layer copy. I opened a curves adjustment layer; i pulled the darker end of the curve way down, and raised the light a little; this affected the entire pic. I then applied a layer mask to the copy, and using a black brush at 100% opacity I painted black in the mask in the areas where theres no sky. This removes my adjustment from all areas Ive painted leaving the sky as I wanted it. The layer>flatten and youre done. You can Google layer mask tutorials for lots of info.


For the lower area, I did essentially the opposite, used curves to lighten, which lightened everything, and the a layer mask to remove lightening from the sky.


Hope this is somewhat helpful, - it sounds complicated, but if you try it slowly step by step you will find its quite easy.



Regards



Willie

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