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22/02/2010 - 3:27 PM

Return of the Jedi

Return of the JediHi Dennis,

Gorgeous view, I think I'd have gone for a little more f/g and a little less sky, seeing as how you can see so much of it in the reflection anyway...! Just a centimetre of so, to give that bottom left rock a little more breathing room. I'd day be careful about V2 - I agree it looks more vivid, more alive, but it's a physical truth of the world around us that any reflection, especially in a lake such as this, absorbs some of the light/luminance from the sky, and so the reflection in V2 looks, to me, a little over-bright, maybe even brighter than the sky, which is reverse of the truth. I'm judging this based on the clouds, and the ability to see texture in the clouds just above the mountain line but not in their reflection just above the two rocks on the right.

Just a thought, the extra punch in the hills and rocks seems fair, but the extra brightening of the water reflection doesn't quite seem right to me...

No doubt your ciient will love it though, which is 100% ultimately the most important thing...

J
23/05/2009 - 4:10 PM

Opposing Sides...

Opposing Sides...Very captivating shot this Chris, it's got a hell of a lot going for it. Exposure certainly has been very well handled. Have you any with a little less sky and a little more f/ground? The arrangement works as it is here, but I think a step forward and angled down slightly to give the rocks more of a lead-in role would be good, and the top 10% of the sky could afford to be left out. Love the difference in water colour and reflection qualities - the blue waves to the right and the slick orange wet sand to the left.

James
21/09/2008 - 12:16 AM

Dawn at Wells

Dawn at WellsHey Phil,

Lovely vision, not sure about the HDR use though - has rendered the image a little flat. Sure, nicely exposed and no blown-out highlights, but I'd expect the lower water to be much deeper/darker, and so push the view towards the horizon. There's certainly what looks like a lot of noise there. Is there an exposure that has held-in highlights, and scope for a double-RAW conversion? A bit of dodge/burn would spice it up, adding contrast and making the shot a little more contrasty.
21/09/2008 - 12:03 AM

walking the dog

walking the dogIs this an HDR? The lighting, at first very appealing, takes on a flat-tone on closer look - and the woman's elbows look a little odd from behind considering the light direction. I think the light in its natural form looks like it was strong enough here to warrant non HDR, which is often used to mask poor lighting. It's pure personal preference, but the couple here are clearly the main subject for the eye to appreciate, and as such having them out of focus results in an unsatisfactory image - the human eye would pick them out straight away as that main point, and would consequently focus for them. It just leaves me feeling like is uncomplete, like the eye hasnt had a chance to fully focus yet. Do you have a mid-range exposure natural single shot? ~ Think that would have more punch perhaps. The low mist is lovely though, and the gesture of the couple works well.

Regards,

James
15/05/2008 - 11:06 AM

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to HeavenWell controlled and visualised photo John - there's not too much going on with the empty sand bottom left but that's fair enough - from the title it's clear you're focusing on the rampway, and I think that it is well positioned obviously with the light beyond the hill adding the extra punch. Good use of exposure to capture the breaking waves - I think to look at this first time, there doesn't seem to be much that stands out about it, but overall in the detail and approach it's an excellent shot.

Regards,

James