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curled road

By trauco
Curled road in country NSW Australia

Tags: Sunset Landscape Mountains Farmland Landscape and travel seal road

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2207 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2019 9:14AM
Hello again, it's years since you last uploaded to the Critique Gallery - welcome back!

I like what you have tried to capture here, the long and winding road. I always wonder why wiggles like that happened, it can't have made building the road any easier. It's a subject that invites the viewer to explore, it sets out a route for us. That's important.

The problem with a scene like this is that you end up with a large proportion of the frame covered with empty tarmac. Two ways to make that more interesting - look for a strategically placed cyclist, a pedestrian, a dog - something to fill the greyness. And aim to have the diagonal edge of one side of the road at least rising from a corner. That creates a lead-in, and a gives dynamic structure to the composition.

One question - have you done any processing here? There's an odd white halo round the large tree. You used a minus exposure setting, which may have necessitated some work.

You focused well into the scene which means that the nearest foreground post and the vegetation on the left are very soft - and they are the nearest things to my eye. I would like them sharper, the view behind them could then soften as it recedes from the eye.

I've uploaded a quick modification. It might seem perverse, given what I typed above, to crop to make the tarmac even more dominant, but I think the crop gives greater emphasis to the curves in the road. I lifted shadows a bit which gets more detail into the dark foliage. I used the burn tool very gently to boost that foreground post, give an illusion of greater sharpness. I tried to get rid of the white halo round the tree (very gentle burning on highlights). And I warmed colour slightly.

Just a very quick modification, others will have their own suggestions.

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capto Plus
8 6.2k 18 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2019 11:44AM
A lovely scene and composition. Great advice from Moira.
My mod is just my take on it using tweaks in PS, mainly dodge & burn.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4122 Canada
25 Feb 2019 1:17PM
If this has been post processed causing the lighter area around the tree, and if you still have the original, could you upload it here please? Just click modifications, then upload.


pablophotographer 8 1.5k 373
25 Feb 2019 3:26PM
I am interested to know how did you arrive there. You will find out why shortly.

This picture for me is 98% lanscape and just 2% graphic (describing the "S" shaped tarmac road surface). If the road shape was the main theme behind your intenion to take a picture this point of view struggles to show it. It shows the trees and the bollards very well but the snake-like shape of the road is as vivid as the smell of tarmac.

Coming back on how you arrived there, if you arrved on foot, if this is your back yard view I would say get a ladder, go to the fourth step abd shoot that road pointin your lens down. If you have a chopter or a drone repeat this shot by pointing between 60 to 90 degrees down.
If you arrived on a jeep with hard top, go on the roof of it and point downwards about 30 degrees.

That would kill it actually.

I tried a mono version but it offered nothing that added any ooomph to it.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2019 8:44AM
The good point is the compositional 'S' curve, but the sky is very bright, pulling the eye and there is a lot of clutter in the foreground - fences, posts etc. all demanding visual attention. There needs to be a strong subject on that road to act as a focal point and give reason.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1641 England
26 Feb 2019 8:39PM
I'm guessing you processed to darken the sky... The original would be helpful.

The light was rathe low (2200 ISO...)so my choice would have been to use a tripod, so that I could stop the lens down to get all the posts sharp.

I'd also exclude the sky, making the picture a panorama, all about hte road and avoiding the problem the sky's brightness causes.

Is that true to your vision, or have I utterly altered the picture?
trauco 6 Australia
27 Feb 2019 3:31AM
Thank you all, is nice to see the positive an I never stop learning.

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