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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2011 9:35AM
I think you have been hampered here by rotten light. A little more exposure would have helped the greens in the foreground, though you might have needed a ND grad to hold texture in the white clouds (perhaps even two exposures for the land and sky, combined in PS?). Mountains are hard to do justice to, considering their splendour when you are there.

I also find my attention wandering out the right side, following the river, though without any info or EXIF data, it is hard to suggest how you might improve this. Maybe a panoramic of the mountains would work as most of the peaks look visible, and I'm interested in what is out of frame on the right skyline.


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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Nov 2011 10:02AM
The light isn't that good but flat lighting can bring out some wonderful tones but you need to expose for the land. Unfortunately this will burn out the sky somewhat. As Nick states, you can use a ND grad but that will darken the hill on the left as well. I think that left hand hill is also responsible for Nick's attention wandering out of the RH side. The slope sets you off downhill and there is nothing to stop you on the right at the bottom. I would probably have tried a slightly different pov to level the horizon and reduce the amount of bland cloud.

I have uploaded a mod which crops out the left side hill and adjusted the levels to give the image a bit more 'pop'.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Nov 2011 10:19AM
As has been said already, the light wasn't on your side here.
I agree with Nick when he says that there's a tendency for your eye to want to wander to the right as there's not a lot there in the way of a sky and the river draws you that way naturally.
Also, the image has a red/magenta cast.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've removed the cast, de-saturated the yellow channel a little, which has toned down the greens and I've made some adjustments using the shadows/highlights tool.
I've also cropped some from the top and the LHS.
Finally, I sharpened it a little.
Hope this helps.


Edit: My mod. has turned out a bit darker here than it was/is on my machine at home. I often have problems with mods. looking different once they're uploaded, it's a by-product of the uploading process, I suspect.
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2011 6:47PM

Quote:you can use a ND grad but that will darken the hill on the left as well

Just a point - you don't need the grad horizontal. In this case you can angle it about 30 degrees to align it with the sky so it doesn't cover the hilltop.


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