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By williamsloan
I took this up in the glens of Antrim,I would have liked to have been on top of the stone it would have given me a better shot.I have done a mod i would value your opinion.

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netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
23 Jul 2012 5:19PM
I always like to be honest,I hope you dont mind.
Definately V1 for me ,great shot of a beautiful old house,that's been leftSad
V2 for me the grass is far from what it should be,even on a sunny day here ,I would never see it as bright as this.
Maybee others will dissagree with me.This would make a lovely home for someone.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
23 Jul 2012 5:31PM
The mod does well cropped, but the grass colour, I agree with Netta, - its flourescent. Remember, - less is usually more when youre in Photoshop, especially with colours.

If the colour does look OK to you in the mod, but not green enough in V1, then you need to check you monitors calibration Billy.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 5:33PM
I can see why you uploaded two pics Billy. The first one would receive some degree of criticism about the amount of almost redundant grass in the foreground, yet V2 shows that apparently you were not able to show more of the house alone because the grass seems to be running all the way up to the house. So you were stuck and V1 it has to be.

A slight clock-wise rotation is required to make the thing straight which then gives you a record shot of the derelict property which generally are found to be photogenic. What a pity you were not able to show more of it though.

Once again, choice of aperture seems to be not optimum, why not f8 of f11?

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 6:01PM
Seems we all want to do something with your derelict cottage Bill,
which shows how popular these old buildings are for photographers.
I've done a mod where I've rotated it a few degrees to left, then cropped out the shed
as I think the cottage is your subject.
I gave it some contrast to get back some detail in sky
and in curves lightened foreground after darkening sky.
See what you think!!!
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 10:57PM
Hi Billy.
I feel V2 is over the top by some way. As Willie says, less is usually more. Also, you've cropped to give more sky, which is rather uninteresting.
I bet you wish you could have got higher to see more of the building over the wall, which is where the main interest is! Though it's good that you are still out there looking and shooting, you have to think about the end result - what are you shooting and how do you want it to look, plus try to leave as little work to do to post processing, unless you intend to do specific processing.
I think a tighter crop like Kate's helps minimise the dull sky's impact.

paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 7:32AM
V2 is very over processed, but for me the initial viewpoint is wrong. Too much foreground and part of a fence post. Without knowing the location, difficult to advise, but compositionally wrong for me.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 1:13PM
hello Billy,
i like the low viewpoint, adds to the mystery but to be fair i dont like the intrusion of the fence post, couldnt you have shot through the mesh or something or held the camera down over the fence. the shed on the right makes a good stopper too.

i think this is more a mono shot than colour and id be searching the channels for a conversion that gave some nice contrast on the foliage. also the sky needs strengthening either by duplicating up the layers and mutiply with a grad mask over the bottom or by direct replacement.

i know the tempation was to get a higher viewpoint and include more building but it wouldnt have had the same impact. the shot can be really good in mono with a bit of rework.


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