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Another holiday snap. Around the village we stayed in, photography opportunities were limited. So were the sunsets as there were hardly any clouds in the sky! This was an abandoned fig orchard between the old centre and the modern villa area where we were staying. There were still fig, olive and carob trees fruiting. Clearly the ground had been spectacular with flowers in the spring but by summer they were just very dry and very prickly seed heads. My wife and I found someones hidden marjuhana plant while exploring this area during the day!

Attached to, and slowly eating into the orchard was the exquisite town cemetery. V2 shows the gates and V3 the interior. A lot of love and attention and ceremony going on there and a friendly attendent who didn't mind us taking photos.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:31 Jul 2012 - 8:47 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Fig Orchard
Username:almiles almiles
Uploaded:28 Aug 2012 - 5:37 AM
Tags:Guia, Landscape / travel, Portugal, Sunset
Votes:20
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32903 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 6:59 AM

Three very beautiful and well composed images in their own right. Images II and III are certainly very emotive however on a bright note, Image Number I, is quite beautiful, brilliant colours, light, and semi-silhouetttes,

Regards Nathan

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 10:23 AM

Well captured opportunities, Al. v1 has a moody atmosphere to it. Well composed and would look fantastic with the flowers in bloom but still has interest in the seed heads even now. v2 is a lovely view through the gates. The gate is nicely off-set but I'm undecided whether the steps could be cropped out - another version for another time maybe. v3 is a fascinating insight into foreign cemeteries.

Dave

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 11:12 AM

I love the blush in the sky and the processing of the fg to bring out the magic carpet of flowers. Wonderful work in the twilght zone.

Dougie

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28 Aug 2012 - 3:29 PM

Love V1............. BeautifulGrin
Diane

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom94 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 3:55 PM

Wow, thanks so much for the UA, Dougie! Means a great deal coming from a talented photographer Smile The V1 image was shot as a bracket of three, each 1 stop apart and then I blended them in PSE.
Thanks too Nathan, Dave and Diane for your comments. I wasn't sure about the steps either Dave!

Last Modified By almiles at 28 Aug 2012 - 3:57 PM

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derekhansen e2 Member 5180 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 9:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Alan
Really nice composition in V1 but for me the exposure balance between the sky and the foreground dosn't look quite right. If you used an ND grad on the sky perhaps it was a bit strong.
I have uploaded a mod that equalizes the exposure balance a bit more. I have also added a little more sharpening and reduced the vignette.
Derek

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom94 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 10:27 AM

I like what you've done Derek! Thanks... Every day's a school day. Grin

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derekhansen e2 Member 5180 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 10:38 AM


Quote: I like what you've done Derek! Thanks... Every day's a school day. Grin

The mod I uploaded seems very dark once uploaded Sad. Looked much lighter when adjusted in PS. Sorry Alan that probably wasnt very helpful.
Derek

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom94 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 2:22 PM


Quote: The mod I uploaded seems very dark once uploaded Sad. Looked much lighter when adjusted in PS. Sorry Alan that probably wasnt very helpful.
Derek

It was a bit darker but the balance was better which was very helpful Grin. In fairness to us both, it wasn't a terribly photogenic orchard and I found it very challenging to make a decent composition out of it. Too much tree crossing the horizon I think. My first photomatix HDR effort just didn't look realistic hence I tried blending in photoshop.

Last Modified By almiles at 30 Aug 2012 - 2:23 PM

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