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Taken whilst on a ski trip to Tignes, France, a couple of years ago. I just wanted to capture the pure virgin snow on the slope with the trail left by a solitary skier.

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Sigma 17-70
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Tignes Ski Trail
Username:SosFM SosFM
Uploaded:20 Feb 2009 - 3:01 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Mountains, Ski, Skiing, Snow, Tignes
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maggie9
maggie9  645 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 3:54 PM

i think this is a great idea....

Last Modified By maggie9 at 20 Feb 2009 - 3:55 PM

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strawman
strawman  1022010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 6:51 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The ski tracks are good your eye follows them, but you go out of the frame.

Was there a way to either crop in closer and go for the abstract, or was it possible (not always) to move your self round a bit more and follow them to another hill behind?

Does cropping down help add to the drama, and would a tight crop to the ski tracks help?

I uploaded a mod for you, with a flip.

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ketch e2 Member 7770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 8:53 PM

An excellent shot and an excellent idea - the ski tracks do perhaps need more opportunity to work (which is exactly what strawman was doing with the new crop - he then went on to flip the image to create a rising diagonal - which only works if you read left to right btw - excellent advice).

Have uploaded a fun mod using a different set of ski tracks for your corner - to be honest I think you probably had it right all along.

Best wishes

Robert

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SosFM
SosFM  581 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2009 - 1:32 PM

Thanks for the comments, I am glad people like it. I must admit I see where you are coming from with the flip, I do like that myself and understand what you mean by reading from left to right, it does work better.
The mono conversion is good but I prefer the original colour version because it really brings back the scene to me.
Thanks,

Soren.

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2009 - 1:56 AM

I like all the comments above, love the mirror flip which i often advocate as long as it's a more abstract subject and doesn't include a recogniable scene.

I'll concentrate on the tonal range..it's a bit flat. Deending on your image editor and level of ability, you could

1) increase contrast, but on a separate layer so you can erase back areas that get blown out to pure white, or

2) tweak levels - stretch the histogram at both ends to make sure there's pure black and pure white (but agin on a dup. layer to erase ack burnt out areas), or

3) burn and dodge brushes to selectively darken and lighten midtones

I've done a quick mod with a tweak of levels then dodge and burn brush to give you an idea

Hope that's some use

Stephen

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