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Taken in the Cape Province. As usual this time of the year it is always cloudy. Makes this picture a little drab not so?

Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Nederburg
Username:DPhillips DPhillips
Uploaded:10 Jan 2011 - 3:25 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2011 - 3:43 PM

The image is very heavy, and I think could have the foreground and shadow areas lightened significantly by selection, a 50 pixel feather, then some lightening with the histogram. Alternatively, a bit of work with the dodging tool - care with that one though.

Paaul

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DPhillips
DPhillips  3 South Africa
10 Jan 2011 - 4:04 PM

nice thanks

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 11:33 AM

While the comp. is OK with good lead-in, I've done a mod with a suggested crop where it loses some from the RHS to put the target of the lead-in line on more of a third. "Rule"of thirds doesn't have to be used slavishly but it often helps, as in this case IMO

Yes it's drab, but you can pull something out of it - see my quick mod. I used a curve to selectively brighten the dark areas and daken parts of the sky a little bit (a gentle reverse S-shape) and then did as Paul suggests and dodged a bit of detail back into the bushes.

Just a few suggestions for you, hope it's some use. Don't be afraid to ask if you need more detailed info.

Stephen

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DPhillips
DPhillips  3 South Africa
11 Jan 2011 - 1:58 PM

Thanks Stephen. Appreciated

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