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This is a shot in Norfolk (UK). My daughter saw it - the contrast against the dark sky and the tree is a good spot. I mounted the camera on a tripod, and slowed the shutter speed down to try to blur the windswept wheat. It took about 5 or 6 shots until I was happy with the foreground, and I took some dust bunnies and distracting non-waving wheat out with the heal tool in Elements, but I'd be grateful for any comments as always.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 May 2011 - 6:56 PM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/29.0
Shutter Speed:1/4sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Blowing in the wind
Username:damienvc damienvc
Uploaded:1 Jun 2011 - 10:39 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2011 - 7:26 AM

A good idea, but, for me, the foreground is too blurred and takes up half the frame. I realise this was your intention, and you have achieved your aim, but doesn't work for me. You do need the image a little brighter, possibly half a stop over exposed.
I think I would have made more of the lone tree and less of the foreground.

Paul

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2011 - 10:11 AM

I like the corn blowing in the wind. Also the green trees on the horizon provide a nice contrast to the dead tree on the right. The composition with the expanse of corn in the foreground helps to give the impression of the isolation of the dead tree.

The lighting conditions look a bit tricky though. You have a dark dramatic sky which gives a lot of atmosphere to the shot but the lack of light means the tree doesn't stand out too well and the corn looks a little dull. I have uploaded a mod for you where I have used the dodge tool to lighten the tops of the corn, the tree and the highlights in the sky. My idea was to help guide the eye of the viewer towards the tree.

Best wishes

Catherine

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Jestertheclown
2 Jun 2011 - 10:07 PM

I have to agree with what's been said above and personally I'd reduce the foreground, probably up to the point where you can no longer see the stalks or the brighter green ears.
And as has also been said, it's rather flat.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've applied an "S" curve and cropped the bottom and RHS.
Hope it's OK.

Bren.

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damienvc
damienvc  328 forum posts Belgium2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 8:17 AM

Thanks all - some really useful pointers there. I've got some more pics from the shoot which include more sky and less corn, so will go back and have a look at them in a bit more detail.

Damien VC

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