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Hay Bales

By a15trv
This is take from a series of shots taken early evening the light was not great the sky a little dull. I used a combination of filters ND8, ND4, Blue and Tabaco.
With this shot I used the Blue Grad and Tabaco Grad upside down. the Blue Grad was used to enhance the blue in the sky, while the Tabaco was used to bring out the foreground. In the original shot there was a fourth bale on the left hand side approx. halfway up and a third in this was cloned out in Photoshop.
I have used Lightroom to lighten the image by about 1 stop increase both clarity and vibrance by 12.

Tags: Field Bales Round Wheat Harvest Hay Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2017 6:14PM
That time of year already, and we don't seem to have had a summer...

It's an evocative, peaceful scene, I like the sense of open space. Could you add the original please, as a modification? I wonder if you have boosted saturation as well as clarity and vibrance? The result is a wee bit muddy to my eye.

My personal preference here would be a lower viewpoint, to raise the darker foreground vegetation in the frame and reduce the strip of empty stubble in between us and the bales. As this stands, a pano crop could be interesting. But I'd prefer to work on the original.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1846 England
5 Aug 2017 6:53PM
I'm not clear whether you filtered when shooting (in which case, that's a lot of filter to put in front of your lens, and likely to be the source of the softness I can see in the picture. Unless that's a few hundred quid's-worth of filter, the quality won't be amazing. (I have some Cokin filters - a few of them are pretty dodgy.) I'm guessing it was filters on the camera from the EXIF data.

I also don't understand why you have added ND filters and then raised the ISO - the normal thing to do would be to keep to a low ISO setting, and allow the shutter speed to drop so that you captured movement in the grain... Obviously, a tripod is necessary!

The overall effect is - as Moira says - rahter gaudy: though I suspect that was your intention. However, for the very best landscapes, you need to wiat for hte light, which usually comes shortly after dawn, or jsut before sunset, as in THIS picture by martin w.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
5 Aug 2017 7:59PM
Colour filters are most unusual to see used in colour digital photography. A few good reasons, - you can get a better effect by simply using post processing at no cost; and the AWB setting will try to adjust for colour casts. There are some filters for Landscape that intensify colours, but are quite expensive; using the Landscape picture style does the same thing, again for free.

So, when post processing a RAW file, the WB should be set to Sunny, or set there when shooting to "disable" AWB.

It would be interesting to see what this looked like out of the camera as suggested if you still have a copy?


Merlin_k Plus
12 39 13 United States
5 Aug 2017 9:52PM
I'm finding it unbalanced. The bales are squashed into the top right corner. The picture is in that quarter. The rest is rather dead. Good for a magazine, loads of dead space for type, less good for a main image.
On top of that I have problems with the trees and the fourth bale. All we can see of the trees is their tops so they don't give any shape to the image, rather they are smudges on the skyline. And we have a bale that is behind another, just peaking up.
I just feel the overall composition does not work.
a15trv 17 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2017 10:21AM
The view point was only 18" off the ground any lower and the foreground grass would have obstructed the shot. The ND8 filter was not used on this shot only the blue and tabac grad's. I upped the ISO from 100 because of the two filters. As you will see from my gallery I have done very little landscape work concentrating more on wildlife I have found the comments to be helpful and constructive I have posted the original as a modification.

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2017 2:38PM
A classic type of harvest shot, but I would have had the bales on the left not the right. This lacks compositinal balance.

You really do not need such filters - all mine are in a box in the false roof except polarisers. I can see the need for the odd neutral grad but you will ruin more than you improve. This is very warm indeed at the bottom.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1846 England
6 Aug 2017 3:12PM
Thanks for the extra info. Soemtimes, the topography stops you doing hte shot that you (or Moira) want!

Even with just two filters, my comment about reducing quality stands - the clear part can contain optical imperfectins just as much as the coloured part.

And a tripod... There's a reason that most serious landscape togs use one - it makes quality easy, if not transport. It means that you can make any choice you want on shutter speed and aperture...

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