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View from my bedroom window the other morning (rural Spain) Tried to capture the dramatic contrast in light - think I may have over-sharpened it in PP?

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Mar 2013 - 8:24 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Stormy weather on it's way!
Username:BarbroS BarbroS
Uploaded:25 Apr 2013 - 6:19 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Mountain, Stormy skies
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tilneyg44
tilneyg44 Junior Member 6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2013 - 6:23 PM

Love this shot, Great light on the rocks and love the dark, Stormy clouds,
and not a bad view out a bedroom window Grin

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tilneyg44
tilneyg44 Junior Member 6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2013 - 6:40 PM

Didn't realise you have just joined, A great first upload,
The rocks do look a little bit over sharpened but I'm no expert Grin

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2013 - 7:55 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Barbara & welcome to ePz,I hope you enjoy your time with us.Nice to see you popping your first image in the Critique gallery for us to take a look at.
The light here is splendid,lovely mountain view & a good stormy-looking sky.Perhaps there is just a wee bit too much sky here which has overtaken those beautiful mountains.Maybe a hefty crop from the top would give more emphasis to the light & the mountains.
It does look a touch over sharpened but not drastically so,the compression needed for posting on here may not have helped tbh.
I have done a mod for you where I have cropped off the top of the sky,just altered the colour balance slightly & added a few birds,which I think helps break up the expanse of sky a little...shame there were none there on the day you took the original as I think something like the birds would have given you another element in the image & something to focus on too.
I think you did capture the contrast in the light & this is a super view from your window,one that could give you hours of photographic opportunities.

P.S. try to remember to convert your images to sRGB for posting on the web,it helps retain colour & detail.

Last Modified By chase at 25 Apr 2013 - 7:56 PM

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BarbroS
BarbroS  1 Spain
25 Apr 2013 - 10:48 PM

Thank you Chase for taking the trouble to look at my pic! I can see how your suggestions would improve the composition - and I would be thrilled to see the result of your proposed changes. How would that be possible? About the addition of birds, I normally try to reflect the world as it appears to me - not very creative, true. And in this case the particular light situation lasted but seconds, it was this shot or nothing, more or less.In any case, very much appreciate your comments, never had a chance to receive comments other than Flickr "wows", which encourage but do not help me progress... Will be back!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 4:37 AM

Barbara, just scroll up this page and click the Modifications tab to see the changes done by Chase.


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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 4:50 AM

Welcome to EPZ.

This is quite a sight to see from your window!

For me its difficult to say if its too sharp, or if the apparent sharpness is just due to strong harsh light and high contrast, - which is essentially the same thing as sharpening!


I would think, seeing as the Sun was shining on the rack face, that it would look a little warmer, meaning the white balance overall. When I adjust this in my mod, it seems to slightly reduce the appearance of sharpness, as contrast is reduced.

I see you selected white balance manually, - can you tell us what you chose?

As above, scroll up to see modifications, and view large.



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BarbroS
BarbroS  1 Spain
26 Apr 2013 - 8:45 AM

Thanks, hanehawi - interesting effect of changing colour balance, even if it does not quite match my memory of the almost surrealistic contrasts. On the other hand I don't remember the setting, as I probably just grabbed the camera at hand, just checking aperture- I normally leave the WB on daylight as I rarely used this camera indoors so far.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10901 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 2:14 PM

Scene memories are not very reliable, as what you see it what your brain wanted the scene to look like. The camera, being dumb, just sees whats there, and applies your settings. The measured white balance is quite a bit cooler than daylight, being biased towards the blue.

Thanks for getting back, appreciate it.


Regards


Willie

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