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Here is another version of a shot I took in Autumn. Any critique or tips on modification would be appreciated. Is it oversaturated?

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:18-55IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:el dorado
Username:JJSmythe JJSmythe
Uploaded:19 Jan 2009 - 6:10 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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SugarDJ
SugarDJ  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2009 - 6:19 PM

I feel you've got it about right. You wouldn't want to saturate it any more than you have as it might start to become un-natural but what you've done looks good to me Smile

David

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SRC15
SRC15  6 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 - 6:43 PM

i like it. Good reflections

Stuu

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ashminder
ashminder  6
19 Jan 2009 - 10:05 PM

Hi,

Great shot.

I just added some constrast, shadows&highlights, alittle sharpening. let me know what you think.

Ash

Last Modified By ashminder at 19 Jan 2009 - 10:07 PM

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91887 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2009 - 11:21 AM

It's not oversaturated as such - it's the light that is wrong.
You have blue sky ,reflections and it's a bright sunny day yet the image looks a little too dark.
The image also lacks sharpness.I have done a quick mod. I have just pushed the light up a little in levels to balance the overall shot and added a little sharpening which has given the f/ground rock and the b/ground trees more definition.
Hope that helps.

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JJSmythe
JJSmythe  6
20 Jan 2009 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the modifications ashminder and bricurtis. They are certainly an improvement and give a more punchy effect. I just use elements and am still getting used to it. I seem to have a congenital fear of oversharpening and never am quite sure how far to go with it.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91887 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2009 - 7:59 PM

Re sharpening. Best not to overdo - that will create light halo's around the subjects. A common practice is to do an extra bit of sharpening after resizing your image for upload requirements as compression will take the edge off the original sharpening - especially at 600 pix. It's a fine line and there are several ways of doing the sharpening but you should be able to find what suits you best as you become more familiar with your software.
If you can try to learn how to sharpen with the High Pass filter it is far more effective than the USM imo.

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