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Both versions are fine, and as Tanya says, it depends on what you want.
I agre ethat this is a pleasant scene, but tonally it's on the flat side. Look at the Levels dialog and you'll see there are no pure black (or at least very dark) tones.
A belated welcome to the Critique Gallery from me, as I missed your last upload.
It's fine if the objective is to get people top know their camera's settings and menus, especially those who don't realise what they've got and those who ar 'scared' to venture away from the norm.
My thoughts too regarding composition.
This is the type of landscape that cries out to be left in colour. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give mono a try.
I'm struggling to see the issue here. The sky looks ok, or am I missing something. By its very nature the clouds will have soft detail and definition and I can't see why perspective correction would make them look worse. Often, when sharpening and image, the sky would be masked off in order to preseve that softness. Thinking that through, you could always apply some softening to the sky.
The first thing that struck me was those white tyres in the foreground. That'll be the same for many viewers and they do spoil the image.
There are a lot of different images here (albeit the same subject) that can be critiqued, so i'll restrict my comments to just a few, for time and lenght of reply.
I'd normally go for mono for this but your use of the pink filter does make the heart shape more prominent (though it also resembles a pair of buttocks, sorry!). Tanya's mod is more delicate.
I can't remember from any of your previous uploads whether you said you shot RAW or jpg, but this image reminds me of an un-converted RAW file where you need to do some work to bring out the image.
Night shots always look better taken at dusk so that you get a deep blue to the sky, so you've shot at the right time - almost!
You have a nice curce of land around the edge of the frame.
That's a really interesting looking tree in good sidelighting, so I can see why it attracted your attention.
Then there are those photogrpahers who set up the camera on a tripod, prefocussed and aimed at the sitter, and move out from behind it so they are face to face with their subject, firing the shutter when they see a good expression. I've seen portraits of photographers where the camera is in view but they're not looking through it. So it's an idea that can work so don't let that stop you.
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Added Date: 10/03/2006 - 12:57 PM
You do have some amazing images in your portfolio.
Added Date: 08/08/2006 - 12:10 PM
Just had a scan through your portfolio, some really nice images there. I see there are some big gaps between posting, but hey, quality rather than quantity eh!
Added Date: 09/01/2007 - 12:56 PM
You've a really stunning landscape portfolio here. I thought I'd comment here rather than individual images. I really enjoyed looking.
Added Date: 15/03/2007 - 6:20 PM
Yo've got a great portfolio here, some lovely bird images. I can even forgive the fact that the squirrels are grey ones as the images are good lol!