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I took this on the same day as sun up and morning glow, shuttington can be a great place to take some realy good scenic photos.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jan 2013 - 9:52 AM
Focal Length:48mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Two trees
Username:pjplant pjplant
Uploaded:11 Feb 2013 - 8:53 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:25 AM

Quite nice, but I really would take a strip off the top to remove that bright sky/sun. It pulls the eye and makes the rest of the image look darker than it is.

Paul

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 8:58 AM

hi paul,
i have uploaded a cropped mod,
i think the mod is probably a better crop,
thanks

pete

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pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:46 PM

This is a nice scene, Pete, and the little fence and trees are good features. You have tried to find something to lead the eye into the picture, giving it a sense of depth.
As Willie has told you before, Pete, the snow is blue because the scene is in shade. Watch where the light is when you next take snow scenes.
When the snow is coming out blue in your pictures, it is generally due to one or two errors which can be quickly and easily put right – preferably at the taking stage, but failing that, in editing. It's either due to the image being in the shade, or the snow reflecting the colour of a blue sky.
The auto white balance that you used won’t generally get strong colour casts right at the taking stage. Use your Custom White Balance setting to remove this colour cast. Point your camera to a patch of snow that is the same brightness as the overall scene and fill the frame with the snow patch, then use this as the basis for your Custom White Balance. Making the changes to settings can fix the problem, or you can use some negative Exposure Compensation, or you can try switching from auto white balance to Shade. Alternatively, if you shoot in RAW you can make changes to the colour balance quite easily once you’re back in front of your computer. Either of these techniques will give a more neutral tone to the snow.
I have done a modification where I took your cropped modification and further cropped both sides because it was beginning to look like a panorama and, I think, looks better. I adjusted highlights and shadows, brightened the image and sharpened. Colour Balance didn't work well in my effort to remove some of the blue, the image became too red. So I reduced the saturation overall, then selectively ran the desaturation tool over the blue areas only. In the brightening, the area of sky top left became washed out and so I used a low opacity paint brush, picking up the pink at the top, and ran it over the white area.
Its a good idea to assign the sRGB colour profile to your images so that everyone else sees the colours the same.
Pamela.

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Niknut e2 Member 4734 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:12 PM

Ooooo....gorgeous shot !!!!!.......great composition, with lovely subtle colours....& top quality !!!.....love it !!

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 - 10:42 AM

hi niknut,
thanks very much,
i have had a look at your own gallery and you have some fantastic photos.


pete

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pjplant
pjplant  6 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 - 10:48 AM

hi again pamela,
your mod is very good and the snow probably looks more natural, your process of getting to it sounds quite complicated to me at the moment, i think i have very much to learn about photoshop,
i have photoshop cs6 and i am trying to learn how to use it but it is a very complex program, do you have any tips on how to get to grips with it quickly and relatively easy?
thanks

pete

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 1:37 PM

Good composition.
Looking at the question of the snow colour I've done two mods, both keep the sky the same colour as I reckon that must be about right.
The first i opened this jpeg image in Adobe Camera Raw and altered the colour temp. (not best, but works) The second mod i used cs6 to desat the blue in the image..
Using auto colour balance usually works with a decent camera but snow is tricky.
If you want to move your photography forward try shooting in RAW, (choose jpeg plus RAW so you get a basis to compare with jpeg image) and open them with Adobe Camera RAW which you have as part of the CS6 package. When you double click on a RAW image in bridge it will open in ACR and straight away you will see slides for altering exposure and colour temperate plus lots more. You RAW file has a huge amount of data which is thrown away when you use in camera conversion to jpeg.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8829 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 3:47 PM

Hi, Pete.
I'm not much good to you on the subject of Photoshop really, because I use PaintshopPro.
There are numerous tutorials on the internet, have a search, and you will be able to find a site that you can relate to. I suppose simply googling for "Photoshop CS6 for Beginners" would be a good start.
I just had a go at that and there is plenty there for you to have a look at.
Pamela.

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