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Footprints and Sandbags

By Buffalo_Tom
Picture taken on holiday on Margarita Island Venezuela.This tree was on the beach at the hotel resort and got up early to capture the sunrise.
This is a 5 shot HDR image merged and tonemapped in Photomatix.

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6 Sep 2008 12:26PM
It has always been the case that good images are easier to pass critique on because the comments can be analitical yet seperated, whereas poor images where flaws are numerous and overlap are quickly close to impossible to comment on without writing a book, or at least a very long essay.
With this in mind I am leaving a comment here in frustration more than for any other reason for, while there is I believe no such thing as a perfect picture, this one is so close!
The colour of the clouds at the very top of the image: whilst these might naturally be of a pinkish hue, the actual colour in the image appears subtly, but positively, very wrong. I believe that this may be connected with the darker band along the top edge, which to me strongly sugggests that the redish colour is largely the result of a process,most likely the one that produced the unnaturalness of the precise hue that is seen here.
What the colour of those redish clouds should be I am not quite sure. However, I suspect that a little desturation of that top zone of the image might well dispell the unnaturalness in the hue? I am inclined to think that the actual hue of the redness here is one that occurs while the sun is very much lower, or even below the horizon? The shift that would in my mind be required might only be a very few subtle degrees ...
I hope it is obvious that I am seeing this as a prblem because I (ortherwise) like the image very much, and believe that a strong improvement is possible here with a relatively slight (but not necessarily easy) change.
Lastly, I hope this is helpful!

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