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Sunset view from Dundry hill..
This is my first attempt at landscape sunsets. Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P510 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Aug 2012 - 8:10 PM
Focal Length:8.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.0
Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Solitary Tree
Username:michelle_Dixon michelle_Dixon
Uploaded:13 Aug 2012 - 12:43 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, General, Landscape / travel
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32822 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 5:20 PM

I cannot for the life of me suggest anything drastic in order to range this rather beautiful image, "maybe a touch of cloning to remove what appears to be some people under the tree?"

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michelle_Dixon
13 Aug 2012 - 5:45 PM

Thank you for your comment. I will have a go at taking them out and see how it looks Grin

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Jestertheclown
13 Aug 2012 - 6:02 PM

Actually, I'd leave her in there. Sher creates a touch of colour and is another focal point.
Also, because she's standing upright and is vertical, no-one can complain that the horizon's not straight.
I'd be inclined to lift the shadows a bit though.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 10:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You've used the tree to full effect, Michelle, it is nicely silhouetted, and I like the inclusion of the girl, also the space that you have given her to look into, on the right.
My only niggle is that the top of the sky has no colour or detail. So your camera has overexposed the sky and underexposed the grass.
I have done a modification where I adjusted highlights and shadows in order to brighten the grass and deepen the sky, then did a slight levels adjustment and managed to get a bit more detail in the tree. I added a touch of hue to the white part of the sky, pale blue in the first, and a touch of pink in the second. I was tempted to crop the left side and give the tree two thirds of the frame on the horizontal, but it took away some of the attractive cloud formations, so I left it as it is.
Here is an EPZ article about shooting sunsets, with some excellent tips and advice. The part about metering for the sky may be useful to you.
Pamela.

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michelle_Dixon
13 Aug 2012 - 11:55 PM

Thank you Pamela. I have taken all the positive comments on board and will implement them. You have been so helpful and encouraging x

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2012 - 9:07 AM

A well composed image, although it is your choice, as a beginner in particular, I wouldn't bother adding your name. Very few members do that and generally, although yours is small, they catch the eye of the viewer thereby detracting from your image.

Pamela's comments re the sky are very much to be born in mind.

Frank

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Davesumner
16 Aug 2012 - 4:28 AM

Hi Michelle,

Welcome to the landscape, sunrise and sunset arena.

Quote: I wouldn't bother adding your name

here here with regards to this, only put your name to really good images and not in this forum as we are all photographers. names are better placed into a white border rather than the image itself but in your case it is small and not too intrusive.

With this type of shot, if your camera meters from the brighter sky you will get exactly the results that you have here. I guess the important thing to establish is what is the subject of your image and meter for that accordingly. In this case I would have thought it was a combination of both the tree and person with the sunset sort of semi important. In this case I would have wanted the tree and person exposed correctly so you could have tried fill flash to light them up but fill flash wouldn't have worked here because you are too far away from them. Therefore the only option would have been to set your camera onto either spot or centre weighted metering (it may have a different name on a Nikon) and metered for the person and the tree. Of course, this would have completely blown out the sky so again it is down to personal choice. The other option would have been to expose for the brightest part of the scene and lift them in post production but that would have probably added a lot of digital noise to the darker parts of the image.

As you are probably aware now, the scene has more light range than your camera can actually capture however, there is one more option and that is to use exposure bracketing to create an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. This is a lot more complicated because the camera takes three shots, 1 underexposed, 1 on exposure and 1 overexposed. You then sandwich the images together and unless you have the latest Canon 5D Mk3 you will need to process the images on your computer using specialist software such as Photomatix to get an end result. However, the end result has a lot more dynamic range.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 16 Aug 2012 - 5:02 AM

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