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By Philo  
I had a go at capturing bales of hay before the farmers removed them. Light was fading rapidly and I only had my 2-legged tripod but I am mainly concerned with feedback on composition here. I stopped down to control the bright sky then used camera RAW to recover shadow detail. I then finished with Topaz Adjust to recover further shadow detail without having an adverse affect on the sky.
Camera settings: f/5.6, 1/5s, ISO 200, 14mm, -1.3EV
I probably should have upped the ISO and closed the aperture a bit but I didn't want any noise and I was already too low on shutter speed.
As usual all feedback and mods most welcome.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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cassiecat 14 39 46 England
4 Sep 2010 11:08AM
think youve controlled the exposure well, and have a nice natural look. i've tried to enhance it alittle by using a neutral density grad filter, and increasing the saturation of the fg.
feel the comp is alittle biased to the left, in the 2nd mod i've flipped it and cropped slightly to put the horizon and tree on the thirds.just having a play.lesley
Steve-T Plus
15 56 66 England
4 Sep 2010 11:26AM
Nice and sharp for a 5th handheld! As for the composition - I like it. The tree is nicely positioned in the scene - there is a lead from the stuble and the bales of straw are well spaced (I think it is straw rather than hay but then again I am not too hot on identifying crops). I wonder, however, whether you took any other shots. I think I would have tried to avoid the strong highlight on the left (this would have helped the exposure as the correction in RAW has left some noise in the shadows). The shot for me seems to be more to the right looking straight down the field - possibly picking the next bale up in this shot as the focus and whilst the tree is a great tree I wonder if it adds or distracts from the composition - perhaps simple is best? Hope that helps. Steve.
Philo 12 99 83 England
4 Sep 2010 12:04PM
Many thanks to both of you for your comments.
Lesley, I had one of my rot dilemmas here and opted for placing the bale on the intersection of thirds as that was the main subject. The tree, however, does tend to dominate so I think your crop works well. I've never tried applying nd grad so I will look that up in PS Elements.

Steve, I think you are probably right about it being straw, I tend to call it hay by default. Good point about the noise as I hadn't noticed. As I don't have a tripod I haven't done much in low light. Sadly I only got chance for 2 or 3 shots before the light had faded and I didn't actually think this shot would come out okay.

Cheers, Phil
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4315 Canada
4 Sep 2010 3:55PM
In camera comp is quite good Phil, however you can improve on it with some cropping mainly to place the horizon on a third, and move the large left bale in more from the edge.

Ive loaded the original and a crop with the thirds lines superimposed so you can see what I mean.

Hope this helps,

Philo 12 99 83 England
4 Sep 2010 4:40PM
Thanks you Willie and Frank, it's only a small adjustment but I can see it makes a difference. I was sure I had the bale on the intersection of thirds but clearly not. I straightened the horizon and the resulting crop moved things a little. At least that's my excuse!

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