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Picture of my local duck pond, I had fed the birds so hopefully you can see them smiling for me..?
I wanted to capture the mystery of the landscape in fog, thought that the sun looked weird but cool once it became sunset.
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Brilliant image, I agree about the sun, at first it seems a little out of kilter, but it does add to the image. The light and foreground is excellent.
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realy like this one maybe been worth cloning the sun out just my view
This is a beautiful photo. I like the sun as it is. It adds to the mystique of the image
This is really good albeit slighty surreal.
A slight increase in levels, just to brighten it a touch, lifts it a bit.
The only other thing I'd be inclined to try relates to the sun which is sitting quite centrally. Rather than remove it altogether, I'd move it. I'd place it about ½ way between the top of the trees and the top of the image and slightly farther to the right. It can't go too far over because of the shadows but I think you could get away with a little license in the name of art!
Just a thought, hope this helps.
Sorry, I've just noticed that you've just joined us, so, welcome to Epz. and in particular the critique gallery. Posting here, you'll get plenty of honest, worthwhile feedback on your work. This is a really promising start, I'll look forward to seeing more of your offerings!
I agree with Bren's comment on the sun, it needs to come down a bit. The colours are stunning. It also looks a bit painterly where the snow is nearest the water, or is that water reflection. Overall, its a lovely composition and stunning colour. I like it very much.
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This is interesting but I'm a little confused by it. Has it been manipulated? The ripples by the right-most duck appear to continue beyond the shoreline.
I really like this photo. It's really interesting because it has so many levels. You could look at it for ages and still see something new. I'm not sure about the sun - I think it works but you could always crop it out without losing the overall effect.
One of the best shots great title
Fascinating image. Both beautiful and unreal. I'm not sure about the sun. I think I would try lowering it as suggested. I wouldn't change the overall lighting though. I find it hard to believe that it has not been manipulated, but either way, it is a very special and memorable image.
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What a cracker to start with, Superb!
I just liked it as it is. Sod the "rules".
You can't really move the sun, as there's a reflection of it in the water in front of the swan. Or at least if you did, you'd have to move that too.
I really like the dreamlike quality you've added with your processing.
This is very, very good. I would like to know what you have done, because, even though it looks original, it is difficult to see how you got all of this to work so well straight from the camera.
Still, it is super as is.
firstly welcome to epz. i like the look. i'm in the crop the sun and clone the reflection camp. not only is the sun central but its brightness draws the eye and theres no interest in the remainder of the sky. the crop gives the emphasis to the fg and the misty oof distant trees add atmosphere.lesley
Hello Teabelly and welcome to EPZ.
Lovely shot. There's quite a lot going on with all the ducks but as they are underexposed the swan stands out well. I'm in the "less is more" camp and I would crop out the sun and clone the reflection. The emphasis should be on the swan and ducks with the misty trees to set the mood. The very bright sun so central in the top of the pic draws the eye away from the main action down at the opposite end of the pic.
But it is a very nice shot all the same.
Hope you enjoy the site.
This is a rather special shot only slightly spoiled by the inclusion of the sun. To balance the picture, and remove the distracting sun, I have cropped it square. Just as an alternative I warmed the image quite a lot to make it look more like sunrise or sunset.
Wonderful work and I look forward to your next upload.
Looking again - I think the top down to water line is one shot and the water and birds is a separate shot. There is something not quite right at the land/water interface.
Come on, tell us.
It's a lovely composition Teabelly. My only offer of advice would be to clone out the stuff by the swan in the water (is it bread?). Everything else takes my eye back nicely from front to back save that patch.
Happy Holidays ...
PS just saw the cropped version - I prefer the original!
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