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Fields of Gold

By tripodted
I found this shot while looking through old files on my hard drive. It was taken just after sunrise in a rape seed field in Co Down. I tried to break the scene down so as it just contained the yellow field and the sky.
Exposure was 1/60 sec. @ f/16 (18mm) ISO 100
Thanks for all the comments and clicks on my last upload.
Comments and critique welcome.
PS Ok I know the song I used for the title of the image refers to fields of barley but I thought I'd use it for this shot.
PPS After reading the comments I have uploaded a remanipulated V2 version .

Tags: Northern ireland Co down Agriculture Rape seed Landscape and travel

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
29 May 2010 12:06AM
Beautiful image with lovely colour and gret sky,well taken.

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PeelNStick 13 4 United States
29 May 2010 3:17AM
Great to be framed and sold in mass quantities.
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
29 May 2010 5:23AM
Nice content on sky and Rape put needs the contrast boosting and maybe the sky working on?
Very good potential
29 May 2010 10:59AM
Good in its simplicity
The sky might be a tad too darkish,
I'd have tried to make the clouds pop a bit.
malc_c 11 2 167 England
30 May 2010 6:43AM
Hi Ted,
Another nice image, although not one of your best for me. I think there are two main reasons for this- a lack of any real point of interest to guide the viewers attention, and the picture overall just seems a little grey.

I realise this is one of a sequence of images all framed the same, and you may have a good reason to present them as a panel, but as an individual image, the stark white border is making the actual picture look rather more lifeless than it really is. Having said that, a bit more drama in the sky from a grad filter and/or polariser would, I think, help lift the image. As for a centre of interest, I'm certainly not going to suggest the omnipresent girl-in-red, but maybe a distant tree against the horizon?

I've posted a mod to illustrate what I mean here, where I have darkened and increased the contrast in the the upper sky, slightly darkened the distant field on the left, 'darkened' the border, and planted a tree.

Anyway, just some ideas for though.
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
31 May 2010 2:03PM
Thanks for all the clicks and comments.
The constructive critique from Rick and bruslaw is much appreciated and a big thank you to Malcolm for taking the time to critique the image and upload a mod. Your points are all taken on board and I have reprocessed the image putting in some more contrast and it looks a lot better.
Unfortunately Malcolm there were no photogenic trees or girls in red dress in the area at the time. Wink Many thanks again for the mod.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
27 Jul 2010 8:11AM
A wonderful sky Ted . I always love those great expanses of Gold. Ha ha Like the Mod and the tree planting session xx Smile Smile

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