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Taken in Knaresborough in my Iphone 4!

I uploaded the original version of this photo and have modified it to this following excellent feedback. Just wondered what people though of it now.

I really like the photo because of the gorgeous background so I'm persevering to try to get the best photo I can from it. Just a shame I didn't have my camera with me Sad

Comments appreciated. Thanks

Brand:Apple
Camera:Apple iPhone 4
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Apr 2011 - 4:04 PM
Focal Length:3.9mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/950sec
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Colin & Claire
Username:pete146uk pete146uk
Uploaded:8 Feb 2013 - 3:00 PM
Tags:Boxer, Bulldog, Dog, Knaresborough, Landscape, Pets / captive animals, Yorkshire
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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 4:05 PM

Much improved from the original Pete.
Maybe the washed out sky could be improved, i've uploaded a mod with a sky that still fits the image but with a little more colour.

Graham.

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pete146uk
pete146uk  1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 4:13 PM

How did you do that????? lol

I spent ages trying to do something with the sky and eventually gave up!

You're right, it makes a huge difference..... If only I knew how to do it

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 5:44 PM

I appreciate your loving the background I think its great, but I also see in the image another image focusing on your dog and the reflection in the sunglasses. I have loaded a mod to demonstrate. As the mod was taken from your original image I've not got the sky but I'm sure you get the idea.

Eric Grin

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pete146uk
pete146uk  1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 6:30 PM

Very nice, Thanks

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1579 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 9:01 PM

I remember this one, Pete. You uploaded it in black and white before, but I much prefer the colour. It was a bright sunny day and deserves to be seen in its full glory. The image grew on me last time, and has grown on me even more now, with the adjustments you have made.
As to composition, the rules don't have to be followed, they are there to be broken if it gives a better image. If Colin were not looking to the left, with the sun on his face, his features would not be so detailed. Also, you like that view, so it has to stay.
A simple way to give the sky some colour is to select it and give it the hue of your choice. You might find that the Magic Wand will select it for you, instead of you doing a freehand selection yourself. What I would do is use the Flood Fill tool at fairly low opacity and fill the sky area with my chosen colour. Experiment until you are happy with it. The biggest problem is the tops of the trees, so zoom in close and feather or blur it in that area.
The alternative is to choose a sky picture that you already have. It doesn't have to be dynamic, you don't want it to be too attractive so that it takes the eye away from your subjects. It just needs to have some colour and a little definition. It doesn't have to be a full frame of sky either, because you are only going to use the top part of it. Resize it to the same dimensions as your picture here, then select the sky on the Colin & Claire picture (as before), invert that selection so that you are now selecting all but the sky, then copy/paste it onto the other sky picture. Merge and save.
If you have any problems, you can message me. I use PaintshopPro.
Pamela.

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pete146uk
pete146uk  1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 - 9:56 PM

Thanks for all the excellent help guys. Very much appreciated.

I've uploaded 2 more modifications using different methods and I do think they make the image better. Plus I've discovered the 'Layer Styles' blending options in Photoshop!

Thanks again

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 11:31 AM

Pete,

If your using Photoshop find a sky from another image and add it as layer 1.
If it doesn't fit use the free transform tool and drag the corners to achieve the correct proportions making sure you overlap the trees a little bit, if you lower the opacity of the top layer slightly you should be able to see what your doing.
Once you have the sky in place add a layer mask to layer 1, then with your foreground colour set to black paint over the trees to remove the sky from that area of the image, you may need to change brushes as you work up to the edge of the sky line and around Claires hair, it's easier if you zoom right in whilst working on the fine detail of the hair.
If you then lower the opacity of layer1 you should achieve a sky that fits the original image but with a little more colour. Wink

Regards,

Graham.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom844 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 8:13 PM

Nice image. Good from a phone. The mod darkening the sky helps a lot.

Paul

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1579 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2013 - 5:37 PM

Seeing the work you have done in your modifications is extremely gratifying, Pete. You now know about different methods of changing the sky, and they both look great. OK, a bit more work needed on the joins, but it's not what a viewer is going to be looking at really. Still, if you are anything like me, you want it to be just right.
Well done!!!!!
Pamela.

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