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Another experiment with my new setup. I thought this scene would be ideal to convey converging lines of new vines. Please note I have not tried to adjust the original at all.

Camera:Pentax K-x Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18-55
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Vines
Username:DPhillips DPhillips
Uploaded:5 Dec 2010 - 1:54 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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DPhillips
DPhillips  4 South Africa
5 Dec 2010 - 1:59 PM

Don't know where to input this info so here goes:

f14, 1/200 , ISO 800 , 32mm

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debu
debu  4 India
5 Dec 2010 - 2:02 PM

Great capture.
debu

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rajishravi
5 Dec 2010 - 2:05 PM

Nice shot,I too dont know about that.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2010 - 2:44 PM

Rows of vines like this are certainly a good way to show perspective as they converge in the distance, Dorian. It's quite a dramatic scene with the mountains and the ominous clouds in the background. Not ideal conditions for wine growing (not that I know anything about it) and not particularly good either for photography as you do not have much light to work with. Flat light gives pics which lack contrast and punch.

So my first thoughts were to adjust the levels to lighten the scene. I also boosted the contrast and increased the saturaiton in the green channel to give the shot a bit more punch.

I also used image>transform>skew to straighten the pic. Where the lines converge give you a nice straight line to judge whether the pic is level. Yours is out by about 3 or 4 degrees. I am not sure whether you used a tripod but it is always much easier to get your pics level if you use one. Some tripods have spirit levels incorporated or you can always buy a small one to fit onto your hotshoe.

Thanks for posting your camera settings. I wonder why you were up at ISO 800 where there is always a risk of increased noise especially as we had to lighten the shadows to get the exposure right. The shutter speed is unnecessarily fast, even if you were hand holding. You could have got away with something like 1/60 even hand held which would have allowed you to drop the ISO.

it's a nice composition but the light conditions were not working in your favour on this occasion.

Hope this helps.

Catherine

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DPhillips
DPhillips  4 South Africa
5 Dec 2010 - 3:26 PM

Thanks Catherine. I hand held the camera. The ISO setting I set for a shot of a fast moving vehicle and forgot to reset!! lol.

Weather conditions as you observe are most times like this in the district.

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Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2010 - 3:30 PM

Standing to the left and using the lead in lines to the mountains would have been an alternative composition . Even better with a lower p.o.v

The buildings only serve as distraction.

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Paintman e2 Member 8855 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2010 - 5:56 PM

I think this is a photo that has very little tonal range. To expand the tonal range use levels, then curves to add the contrast. In my second mod I've only used levels and curves and painted back the sky using a layer mask so it didn't blow out the details.

My first mod was a bit more involved including straightening the horizon, increasing the contrast and darkening the sky, increasing the contrast of the ground and the vines so there was a marked tonal difference between the two and selective sharpening.

Alan.

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DPhillips
DPhillips  4 South Africa
6 Dec 2010 - 4:24 PM

Thank you Alan

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2010 - 7:54 PM

I was going to say - why 800 - then read the answer. So you know about that one. The foreground is in dire need of a bit of brightening up. The mods are generally good.

We get purists who will not modify - don't mean you - but VERY few images straight out of the camera are perfect, and a little work can add so much. That applied in the darkroom too, and even for slides, which meant filters.

Paul

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