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Harju in Fall

By Soundphobic
A picture taken from a jogging path we often take.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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nickhawk 11 23 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 11:03AM
Hi Soundphobic,
I don't know where Harju is, but it certainly looks beatiful. I think there are a number of things that could be done to make the photo better. Firstly, the horizon isn't straight, so that needs straightening. Secondly the branch in the top left corner I think distracts the eye. Branches like that can frame a photo, but you need to have more of it up the side of the photo, otherwise it looks like it accidently crept in. Thirdly, I think the sky is overexposed and the foreground underexposed - you should try using neutral density graduated filters to try to balance the exposure - there is good guidance how to do this on this website. Finally, I think a lower viewpoint would have helped the composition. If you look at all of the good landscape photographson this website, the vast majority all have some sort of foreground interest to lead the eye in.
Hope this helps,

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 1:53PM
Hello, Juho, and welcome to EPZ. I agree with Nick about the sloping horizon, the intruding branch, and the exposure problem. There is a path in the lower foreground that makes a nice lead-in to the image, but it is in shadow and not very obvious. It's a lovely scene, with the background water, gold coloured trees and interesting rocks. It's a pity there isn't more of interest in the sky. Cropping the sky takes even those little clouds away. In my modification, I did crop the sky, which effectively removed the overhanging tree, and brought more emphasis to the land area. I straightened the horizon, then selected the sky and darkened it, and selected the land and brightened it, in an effort to get more balance. I used the dodge tool on the foreground pathways, then sharpened.

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