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I like the sky in this shot, and burned it in a bit more. I didn't want to go over the top, but wondered if anyone thinks the scene would look better with the sky darkened a bit more. I didn't want the sky to look too heavy and threatening!

I'd appreciate any opinions and advice on this shot.

Thanks All.

Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Mar 2012 - 2:56 PM
Focal Length:34mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:View from North Pier
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:19 Apr 2012 - 7:47 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 8:22 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Morning Elaine,

I like the compositon with the railing's in the foreground, for me it works.

Elaine I think i'd go for a touch darker image, which you can do quickly and simply. Select "Levels'" and when the window appears there should be a box with "Default" in it, select this box and click on "Midtones Darker", remember to reduce the opacity of you think it's to much. Then select "Curves" and hit the "Auto" button should lighten certain area's, if you click between your two images you will notice the fluffy white clouds standing out more. The whole scene will be a little darker but I think it can stand.

Elaine open your "Levels, Curves etc" windows and play around with the presets, one click is sometimes all you need to do Wink.

You said that you have used the burn tool which is ok but be careful and I would suggest setting it to between 5 - 9% and going over the area as many times as you feel it needs.

Take care
Martin

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NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom104 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:00 AM

For me it is a lovely image, captured really well, yes with a few slight modifications as all ready pointed out by Martin, this could be brilliant.

Regards Nathan

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:05 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The composition is ok, and the railings contain the bottom of the image, but I've done a mod to crop slightly, balancing the stormy cloud with the ferris wheel and excluding the bottom and left of the frame. I think that the sky could do with enhancing, but this computer has only got a rubbish paint program and I can only edit the whole frame.
In PS, duplicate the layer, then make a large selection of the sky (with the rectangle box) and feather the edges by a lot (say 40-60). You can make the sky more threatening by using curves or levels without affecting the ground, and there is nothing projecting into the sky that will suffer from it. You can also use a layer mask, or quick mask and use the graduate tool to make the effect more gradual across the sky. It will take too long to explain here, but look in the techniques section (or google!) where it will explain it better than me.

Nick

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41227 forum posts United Kingdom202 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2012 - 9:16 AM

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/preserve-all-the-highlight-and-shadow-detail-i...

Try this one. You can always open your picture, adjust for the foreground, save as "pic 1". Open image again, adjust for the sky, save as "pic 2". Then you will have your two images to blend.

Or this: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/how-to-use-the-quick-mask-tool-4648

Or: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/photoshop-tutorial--create-a-dramatic-sky-in-p...

Nick

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Apr 2012 - 9:40 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm at work at the moment, and just had a quick sneaky peep to see your great comments.

I'll have time tonight to read all your advice properly and reply - thanks everyone.

Your help is much appreciated.

See you all later.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
19 Apr 2012 - 7:40 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just got settled - glass of wine in hand............

Hello Martin - Thanks for your help, and the instructions. I have Elements 10, and I don't think it has Levels & Curves options, but I think the effects you are describing can be obtained in the layers options. I'll play around with it as you advise to get a darker image. Thanks for advising on the Burn Tool % - I've found it's too easy to go overboard with this so, yes I'll set it to a low %. Thanks for the Mod - it helps to see what a slightly darker image would look like.

Hi Nathan - Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment for me. I'm glad you like the shot. I hope you're well.

Hello Frank - Thanks for the Mod. I quite like the crop. Your contrast adjustments look good, and I think have improved the shot.

Hi Nick - Your Mod's great. I really like the adjustments you have made to the sky. I like your crop, but prefer the version with the railings in the foreground. Thanks for the links I'm going to spend some time tonight before bed having a look at them. I think your tips re: saving the shot as Pic 1 and Pic 2 are great and I can't wait to have a go at this. Also your tip about the rectangle selection tool will be very helpful to me too.

I've finished my glass of wine now whilst I've been replying to you all. Thanks everyone, your comments, tips and advice are extremely useful to me.

Going to try all your suggestions now before bedtime.

Cheers

Elaine

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