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a lonely tree

By docfarhan
I took this photo in wales while climbing a hill (brecon beacon)
I want to know whether the exposure of this photo is appropriate or what else i could do to to take a better photo. Sunlight was making it difficult to compose a shot. I am only a beginner though!!

Tags: Landscape and travel

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apierzchala 12 17
28 Apr 2009 1:35PM
Hi there,
I think that I see what attracted you, but to my eye it hasn’t quite come off. What I like is the tree itself, its “smaller brother” in the left background as well as the little shrub or grasses in the foreground. The sky is great too.

What doesn’t work so well is the sweep of the two tracks taking you out to opposite edges of the frame and even out of the picture altogether – though the triangular shape is perhaps what you wanted to capture? Also, the main tree is a bit too central for my liking.

I would suggest to try walking further over to your left, get closer and lower down so that the foreground shrub/grasses are a little stronger in the frame. Line them up perhaps to the right of the tree but try to keep the distant little tree in the left side of the frame too.

Alternatively, just home in on the single main tree and frame it against that great sky with your lens set at wide angle. And of course, if you can get there at either end of the day when the light is more directional, that can only help.

It’s easy for us to criticise someone else’s work and this is a very good attempt at a great vista. Lots to think about when taking pictures and all of us get it wrong at some time or other – or even lots of times – so just keep trying! Regards, Adam

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glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
28 Apr 2009 2:05PM
Adam (above) makes some good points.
The exposure looks fine to me, the main improvement would be in composition.
Adams comments are sufficient if you have the opportunity to get the capture again, I have held pieces of paper over my monitor screen and I think that if you cropped about 30% off the left hand side and also 30% off the bottom the image becomes more powerful.
I hope this helps.


PS; a belated welcome to epz.
docfarhan 9 2 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 2:57PM
Many thanks to both Adam and Robert.

I shall try to improve next time if I see something thing like this. As u know I am still a beginner, I cannot visualise the composition in my head but I am working on it. I can not recreate this shot, but now I know what I should look for next time.

Thanks again for your valuable opinion.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
28 Apr 2009 7:56PM
I cropped the image placing the tree on a third taking away the path as I feel it was taking the eye past the tree which is the main subject. I also applied a slight rotation levelling the clouds.

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