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By Dennisc
I never tire of walking around Harpers Ferry while staying at a local B&B. It's super peaceful.

Tags: Landscape and travel harpers ferry


chase Plus
16 2.3k 591 England
24 Sep 2019 6:34PM
Hi Dennis and welcome to the Critique Gallery,

I see you have been a member for some while but this is your first up load to the site.
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I see from the exif data, you took this almost 10 years ago so I wonder, did you want this to appear here for critique or possibly clicked the wrong button ?
It is a pretty scene, perhaps just a wee bit dark due to the surrounding trees.
Maybe a bit of a crop from the top and bottom would be in order, to put the little bridge right in the viewers eyeline and a gentle lighten.
I do find that rather large tree trunk to the left of the frame is quite dominating, perhaps a couple of steps to your right would have been in order.
I will have a go at a mod.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 591 England
24 Sep 2019 6:43PM
In the mod, I cropped from the top, left and a little from the bottom too, the pretty bridge the appears on the upper left third of the image and the overhanging leaves on the left still act as a natural framework.
A general brighten using the levels slider and a touch of sharpening.
I do like the colours, very seasonal.
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2019 7:51PM
A pleasant scene which, for me, cries out for a figure on the left of the bridge to give a compositional anchor point which is currently lacking. Steer clear of the creative modes - they are more likely to hider than help.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
24 Sep 2019 8:16PM
Welcome from me too.

It will help us a lot to help you if you can supply answers to Janet's questions above.

All I can comment on at the moment is that this is underexposed and low in contrat so it doesn't grab or maintain the viewer's interest. Most images benefit from small adjustments in post processing.
The trunk on the left acts to block the visual flow through the image. It's nice to use it as a framing aid, so I'd place it furhter to the left.

You may enjoy the location but you have the cmells and sounds in your memory but a third party only has your image to take them there. It is difficult to do that in a two dimensional image.

Landscapes normally require a small aperture to get good front to back sharpness, though a wide aperture here means the foreground leaves do act as a framing device.
However, choosing a 'creative' mode means there's actually less creative input as you're leaving aperture and shutter speed decisions to an algorithm which is really only based on light levels and not a creative decision from you.

generally a nice scene that needs a processing twek.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2019 8:56PM
Hello, Dennis, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

This is a very attractive scene and you have cleverly used the trees and foliage to frame the bridge. The autumnal colours are nicely subtle and perfect for October, which we're now looking forward to.

There is a bright area at the top of the frame which is the sky behind the leaves. A bright area like this will draw a viewer's eye upwards, whereas you want the eye to explore the bridge area. When composing to shoot, lower the camera to avoid this, and your exposure will benefit - watch it change.

I have done a modification which crops the bright area and also some off the right side, but still maintaining your aspect ratio. The crop brings the bridge into the centre and more prominent. I brightened because your image is underexposed, and this brings out all the colours beautifully.

You shot this under the trees' canopies, which has caused it to be a bit too dark, so you could have used some positive Exposure Compensation to brighten things up when shooting.

You have a good composition here, and my modification simply refines that a bit, along with the exposure and colour.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
24 Sep 2019 9:36PM
Welcome Dennis. Can you double check your camera and data, - the shot shows its taken in 2009i, and that D7200 wasnt released until 2015?


dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
25 Sep 2019 11:16AM
Welcome from me, too.

I really want to crop the left side of the frame, to remove the light area beyond the tree.

The colours and tonal range are both gentle and muted, adding to the air of tranquility that you like - there's scpe to zap both up a bit, if you prefer. That's a creative choice that you have to make with every shot, of course.

Are there any specific areas on which you want comments?
26 Sep 2019 12:37PM
Thank you all for your comments. They are appreciated. That was first posting of a pic from 10 years age. Things got better as I went on.

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