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Es Mercadel from Monte Toro, Menorca

By Jamawa  
1/80s @ F8.0, white balance - cloudy, high quality jpg.

Edits in Photoshop 7:
Curves & levels & history brush to darken sky and lighten land.
Hue/Saturation to warm slightly.
Slight unsharp mask.

Seeking general critique on composition, crop, etc, and specifically critique on camera settings and Photoshop edits.

Tags: Sunset Digitally manipulated Menorca Landscape and travel Es mercadel


Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
9 Jan 2007 11:58PM
Hi Jamawa

first as a member of the critique team can I say thanks for your description - if only everyone could lay it out as clearly as that - it really makes our job a lot easier..

now I'll just touch on a few of the things you mentioned. the main thing that hits me is the comp. It's obviously a beautiful place in a beautiful setting, but i think it needs something to guie the eye around it a bit, instead of just landing in the middle of it. Some item of foreground interest would have helped to lead the eye in from either bottom rightish or bottom leftish. Either some object, or a path or some kind of lead-in line. often this is a case of spending time to look around for the best possible comp. having said that, it's possible there was nothinh there to do the job..

The crop itself i quite like - the whole village is included, there's nice use of horizontal thirds.

the exposure's well held in. you mention you used a curve to lighten the FG and darken the sky - this has been done quite well,but I wonder if you had used an ND grad filter at the time of shooting, the light levls between the Fg and the sky could have been omore balanced.

My last pooint, and this is quite a personal thing, as you'll see if you do a serach of the forums with the relevant keywords, but I'd be tempted to boost the saturation a wee bit, as the foreground colour is quite dull (but one man's dull is another man's subtle.. Smile )

TRy inreasing brightness a tiny bit, contrast and saturation a little bit more. You could also sweep a low- opacity burn brush across the sky which should bring out a bit more detail.

Anyway, I hope you find some of this useful, keep them coming..

Jamawa 16 3 Scotland
11 Jan 2007 4:38AM
Thanks very much for the advice, Stephen. I re-edited the pic - perhaps still over subtly/cautiously, but I think it's an improvement - and reposted. The landscape in the original was very underexposed and I'm close to the limit of how much I can lighten or saturate it without getting unacceptable levels of noise, so I agree - buying myself some ND grad filters is definitely the way to go for this sort of thing.

Thanks also for the suggestions about composition - useful for future reference, but lightening the foreground grasses etc. has helped a bit with this shot.


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