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I had some difficulty with the high contrast parts of this image, but it seems to show most of the shades overall - or perhaps not! What do you think?

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Apr 2009 - 9:59 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-4/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Corn Mill
Username:salopian salopian
Uploaded:17 Sep 2012 - 11:13 AM
Tags:Contrast, Landscape / travel, Mill
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 1:09 PM

Beautiful!

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 1:12 PM

Hi, I wasn,t sure from your descriptive what you wanted so I have uploaded two mods. The first is not much different to yours as the histogram shows a lovely exposure, so I have just made slight adjustments and removed the green border that I feel distracts you from the colours in the image.
In the second mod I have given a bit more contrast and shadows, as I think it looks good this way too. It is just a matter of preference. Your mage is lovely comp and light in the first place. Hope you like the mods.
Diane

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DanielaS
DanielaS  2 Romania3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 3:28 PM

Hi

On my computer the images seems too bright. I thing the second modification with a higher contrast and shadow is better. Also I feel like the image is too crowded, the tree, the river, the house and more trees. I think that the first tree distracts the eye from the rest of the image, even if it is a really colorful and beautiful tree. More, I can see a spot just near the house. I don't know if it is a reflection or some dust on the lenses, but it is there and it is obvious.

Anyway I really like this place and overall it is a good shot. Great job!

Regards,
Daniela

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Jestertheclown
17 Sep 2012 - 9:40 PM

Not sure about this!

I don't think that it's lacking in overall contrast. Using curves and searching for dark and light colours does increase it a touch, probably about as much as in Fefe's mod. but it's a tiny difference.
I rather think that the feeling that something's wrong might be brought on by the layers of trees receding, quite rightly, into the background.
By scrolling down and using the edge of your screen to apparently crop the top, the remainder, the building and stream, seemingly becomes a good deal more striking.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 9:53 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I see you have set your white balance manually, how did you do that? I have no reral problem with the composition but the overall finish lacks punch and differenntiation between the various colours - is that due to the white balance setting?

EXIF shows an exposure compensation value of - 4/3, I can't really see why that is necessary and in order to get good DoF coverage and also to get the best out of your lens, stopping down at least one stop will help. Here you show 1/2 stop, almost full aperture - not the best place to be.
Given your need for the shutter speed used to match the requirement for holding steady at your chosen FL, I would suggest raising the ISO to 400 and then using f8.

Hope this helps.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 10:36 AM

A nice scene but does look a touch over exposed. I think, to protect the shadows, i would work on the brighter parts of this image with the burning in tool set to about 10% and adding darker shades with care in stages.

Paul

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 4:25 PM

i think we did a critique on this picture some time ago.

Phil

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 3salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 5:06 PM

Oh dear Phil, you are right - I had forgotten that I had posted it previously - sorry about that!
However thanks to all for your time and new advice - Diane's mod, in particular, is excellent.

Geoff

Last Modified By salopian at 18 Sep 2012 - 5:08 PM

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