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Ok took this this evening, stunning scenery. putting it in for critique. Struggled with this TBH as it was a bit hazy and the sun was in and out of the clouds, and I didnt have my tripod. I did try the graduated filter in lightroom but the whole picture still seems hazy to me and lacks punch which is a shame, any critiques/advice most welcome

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 May 2012 - 7:24 PM
Focal Length:22mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.9
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Neuadd res
Username:brrttpaul brrttpaul
Uploaded:1 May 2012 - 10:17 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Neuadd reservoir
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41216 forum posts United Kingdom200 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2012 - 3:42 PM

I think the mod is a little OTT, but nearly right. Toned down a little, the picture wouldn't lose the 'evening' feel it has, but would brighten up. Half way between the two would be good.

Nick

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brrttpaul
brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
2 May 2012 - 5:54 PM

I like the 2nd mod better, I knew I had it wrong in lightroom, I think the reflection looks brighter than the sky which I know I can remedy, as for the name well yes does look bad but Im a bit concearned as I put my photos on flicker could they be pinched from there?

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brrttpaul
brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
3 May 2012 - 9:31 AM

ddint know that but do now.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 12:09 AM

Something's wrong here: your reflected sky is much, much brighter than the real sky. Reflections from water are about a stop darker than the real thing.

The photo has come out looking flat because the light's poor. From the bright reflection, it looks like you're shooting towards what's left of the sun, which means that essentially everything in the frame is in shadow. To take best advantage of the low sun, it's usually best to shoot at right-angles to it so you catch the dramatic shadows. I think the photo also lacks a clear subject: no part of it seems any more important than any other part. For example, a well-placed building might make a sort of 'base' for the eye to explore from, or some sort of a lead-in might help guide the viewer through the scene. This article has some good pointers; searching the Techniques section of the site for "composition" gives plenty more.

Dave.

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brrttpaul
brrttpaul  3203 forum posts United Kingdom
4 May 2012 - 6:29 AM

yeah i agree with you about the reflection being brighter, i took it to far in LR. as for the building well there wernt one lol i was trying to get a sort of mirror image with the reflection just didnt work.

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