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cold day

By photo_pete
It was freezing when i took this photo in the middle of winter. I like the cloud formations in the sky and. The hill's with the pilons on and the tower from the powerstation to the left of the photo my f stop was f/5.6 and the exposure time of 1/640 sec the ISO was 200 i used the aperture priority .

Tags: Landscape and travel

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KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
5 Aug 2009 8:07PM
The image looked a little flat, so I took it in Photoshop Elements 4 and tweaked the lighting and contrast. I cloned out a few bits at the base of the hedge and the sign. I also burnt the clouds a little and sharpened. This is a good image, the clouds are especially interesting - a shame there is no real foreground interest, but the silhouettes are gorgeous.

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It's an ok shot but it needs more interest. There's nothing really special about this shot, sadly, and even with some extra work in post-processing there's only so much that can be done with a photo like this. Both KarenFB and I have tried - check out the mods - but you need to go back to the drawing board and try again.

I rather wonder, also, why you didn't use a tripod and go for a narrower aperture - something like f11 to f16, which would have allowed you to catch more detail.

However, there are some real positives to take away from this effort. I can't fault the composition - there are three 'layers' to the image - top, middle and bottom - and given some work on-site with the camera, you could really make something of it all. Try again - please - and when you do, upload it and let me know because I'm very curious to know what you'll come up with.
6 Aug 2009 11:58AM
you have tried well no doubt about it but as you have sent it to the critique gallery some points you may have wanted to do it better but these points may vary with the thinking as well. so you may not agree with me. the points as under:-

1. your title and the explanation of the image says about the cold condition there. but in this image this particular situation(coldness) is missing. according to me photography is nothing but a kind of language to tell the condition you have described as well as everything you have tried to say. according to this point of view i like the modification provided by KarenFB.

2. you have used f5.6 for this shot but f5.6 or less than that is considered as large aperture opening giving a lesser dof. as it is a kind of landscape shot it requires more dof. according to this point of view i agree with the comments given above by closelyobserved.

3. for better landscape shot you should employ lower shutter speed and always try to use tripod for better photography. an example 1/8 th or less shutter speed, ISO 100-200 (but not more than 400).

4. compositionally you have tried to make a balance by placing one tree at the left, one at the right and one at the middle. there are many critiques who prefer balancing but according to me it is not looking good. try to avoid placing your silhouette at the center of the frame and one tree would have been best here, you could have excluded others.

5. try to employ rule of third for landscape shot for best. for landscape photography always avoid giving same emphasis to land and sky. if land is interesting use 2/3 frame for the land and if sky is interesting use 2/3 frame for the sky and remaining for the other. you need the help of grid in your camera to do this job better.

Hope it helps,

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