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Country roads, Take me home...

By Subhashis_17    
I was on my bus when I captured this photograph in Madhya Pradesh, India, the road all the way leads to the hills by guiding lines.

Tags: Journey Travel Journalism Places Countryside India Adventure Dusty Places of interest Landscape and travel Wandering

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2017 7:45PM
There is a good interesting image in there, bu the bland sky is an issue and not easy to deal with. It is the brightest area and thus pulls the eye. And there is a lot of it.

Paul

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2084 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2017 8:24PM
The positioning of the truck is good, over to the left, taking the viewer's eye ahead and along the road. I like the dust being thrown up by the truck.

I have done a modification where I cropped, mostly to remove a lot of the sky, and to fill the frame with the truck, road and power lines.
I boosted the colours and did a contrast adjustment, then selected the sky and gave it a bit of colour.

Pamela.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4019 Canada
7 Mar 2017 8:41PM
This is a beautiful image, so evocative of the Country Roads song.

You did well to capture as mush of the range as you did with a significant -7/3 compensation. The entire negative compensation may not have taken effect, as the max shutter speed is 1/4000th, so it couldnt take it faster than that, - its just possible. But having the lower any darker may not have looked as good.

Its will improve the image to crop to a wide format, with all the bottom still there, taking most from the top.

Lifting some shadow detail, or exposure in the lower half works too.


Mod uploaded.


Well done, you have a good "eye" for a shot.


Regards


Willie
razer 13 60 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2017 9:40PM
would have been great to vote
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 582 England
7 Mar 2017 9:51PM
A very pleasing image, and the dust being kicked up by the wheels of the truck adds an essential element to the appreciation of the image.

However, the original is quite dark, you didn't need that -7/3 compensation. The result has lost detail in the shadows. Although it can be lightened as the mods show, better to get an optimum exposure in camera as you then have more control over the finer tones and details.

The sky is white, but I say so what? Often when you're looking into the light it does result in a white look to the sky, I can feel myself wanting to shade my eyes just looking at this which means you've captured something the viewer (well, me at least!) can relate to and that's alwys good with photography. However, you don't need so much of it so Willie's crop works very well.

I like that branch top left. It does fill in the empty space and balances the poles and wires on the left.
Given you were on a bus and thus restricted to a particular viewpoint it was very fortunate.
dudler Plus
16 893 1504 England
7 Mar 2017 11:02PM
First, this is a lovely evocative scene, and hte mods really bring out the beauty.

Spot metering is an unusual and dangerous choice - where did you take the reading from?

Others have said and modded it all: I'll sit back and enjoy the picture!
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2017 2:12PM
I like this a lot, the truck is almost bouncing along that track. The driver has that song playing...

Whether by chance or design it's a very stylish shot. What is particularly effective for me is the way the truck (heading diagonally in the frame) is set in a collection of other diagonals - the road obviously, but also the branch top left and the telegraph wires top right. All are rising diagonals - that gives a buoyant, positive, optimistic feel.

And that dust of course, with the sun filtering through it...

My big technical quibble would be with the minus exposure compensation. That has lost you detail in the truck and the vegetation. It was completely unnecessary. I wonder if it was left over from a previous shot?

A smaller aperture, say F8 or F11, would have given greater depth of field and therefore better detail in the vegetation.

And I cannot see any logic for spot metering here!

But a really good image nevertheless. Well done.
Moira
8 Mar 2017 3:52PM
First of all, THANK YOU. really, I appreciate it. Yes, it was a terrible mistake to have that spot metering, but I was on a tourist bus actually it was my excursion conducted from my college, beside the window seat I was clicking with the Programmed auto mode, I didn't get a chance to work out on that. It was like *at least let me take a picture because this scene was so incredible. I was on another way, but this scene gave me another essence of journey with the song "mykonos" playing in my earphone. So, I know I had a mistake but I had to take a picture as well. As a novice, I become so unconscious about settings. But I'll try to do better.

Quote:I like this a lot, the truck is almost bouncing along that track. The driver has that song playing...

Whether by chance or design it's a very stylish shot. What is particularly effective for me is the way the truck (heading diagonally in the frame) is set in a collection of other diagonals - the road obviously, but also the branch top left and the telegraph wires top right. All are rising diagonals - that gives a buoyant, positive, optimistic feel.

And that dust of course, with the sun filtering through it...

My big technical quibble would be with the minus exposure compensation. That has lost you detail in the truck and the vegetation. It was completely unnecessary. I wonder if it was left over from a previous shot?

A smaller aperture, say F8 or F11, would have given greater depth of field and therefore better detail in the vegetation.

And I cannot see any logic for spot metering here!

But a really good image nevertheless. Well done.
Moira


Quote:A very pleasing image, and the dust being kicked up by the wheels of the truck adds an essential element to the appreciation of the image.

However, the original is quite dark, you didn't need that -7/3 compensation. The result has lost detail in the shadows. Although it can be lightened as the mods show, better to get an optimum exposure in camera as you then have more control over the finer tones and details.

The sky is white, but I say so what? Often when you're looking into the light it does result in a white look to the sky, I can feel myself wanting to shade my eyes just looking at this which means you've captured something the viewer (well, me at least!) can relate to and that's alwys good with photography. However, you don't need so much of it so Willie's crop works very well.

I like that branch top left. It does fill in the empty space and balances the poles and wires on the left.
Given you were on a bus and thus restricted to a particular viewpoint it was very fortunate.

mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2066 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2017 5:42PM

Quote:First of all, THANK YOU. really, I appreciate it. Yes, it was a terrible mistake to have that spot metering, but I was on a tourist bus actually it was my excursion conducted from my college, beside the window seat I was clicking with the Programmed auto mode, I didn't get a chance to work out on that. It was like *at least let me take a picture because this scene was so incredible. I was on another way, but this scene gave me another essence of journey with the song "mykonos" playing in my earphone. So, I know I had a mistake but I had to take a picture as well. As a novice, I become so unconscious about settings. But I'll try to do better.

And thank you for your very positive feedback!

Two important, wonderful things:

You got the shot!

And you are keen to learn from your mistakes.

Moira
dudler Plus
16 893 1504 England
10 Mar 2017 10:03AM
As Moira says.

Keep shooting. And try Aperture priority mode as a standard, keeping your eye on what you have set...

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