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Little House On The Praire

By Fishnet  
There is a bizarre little cottage all alone in a big empty field.

The sky was so appalling in this that I removed it and replaced it with a blue one which I hope works well with the green grass.

Please give me all the advice you can.

Tags: Suffolk River Field Cottage House Landscape and travel Deben

Voters: rontear, paulsteds, DebbieBMP and 3 more


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aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 11:43AM
Anna,
I put a comment on your beach photo about white balance.
I'm wondering if you have it on the correct setting, you have a definate colour cast over the grass area.
If you can load a picture with the Modifications option then I'm sure one of the clever people on this site can sort out your problems for you.
Merl

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Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 11:46AM
Upload the original?? Argh, it's awful!!! lol

No, you're right, it's the only way to learn.
uggyy 12 2.1k 9 Scotland
31 Dec 2008 11:54AM
Got a few dust bunnies in there too Anna. I tend to find that the images from the Nikon D80 all need a curves boost to get the impact. Looks ok to me on your final image.

Tommy
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 12:00PM
Yes, I have one BIG bit of dust which I have to clone out of every photo I'm afraid Sad Can you see more?
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
31 Dec 2008 12:19PM
You have mentioned in your forum post that the highlights keep flashing. Nikon's are very sensitive to this, so please turn it off and use the histogram instead, especially if you are going to start shooting RAW (NEF). You can feather the leap to raw by shooting NEF+Jpg fine for a while, giving you both options.

Check the histogram and adjust the exposure with +/- ev or shoot a bracket burst. (Using the +/- ev button on the back of the camera and turning the control wheel a click or two either way will soon become second nature and you don't need to take your eye from the camera while doing it.)
Also, try changing the metering from average to spot or centre weighted (can't remember how the D80 does this) and see the differences. (The spot will meter from the focus point)

This way you will find a method of exposing (your landscapes Wink) that suits you and you are happy with. Don't be afraid to experiment with the settings, but turn off or ignore the warnings! Smile

HIH

Ian Smile
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 12:21PM
Thank you, I have never used all these things before so I have a lot to learn.

I haven't a clue how to use the histogram so I'll have to look into that.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
31 Dec 2008 1:04PM
Lots to learn, Anna but I do like your creative images. Have a great New Year. Ron.
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 1:09PM
Anna, I've downloaded your original shot and all it needed was the levels corrected.
There is a haze of grey on the horizon but that's as it was on the day - we had that here in Northumberland as well.

If you click the option for modifications then people can work on your photo and upload the version they've tinkered with to show you what they've done.
paulsteds 13 123 England
31 Dec 2008 1:55PM
Haha, the little house on the prairie. I wouldn't want to live out there.
Some excellent photographical advice here, I could do with some of it myself.
Have a happy new year.
Paul
DebbieBMP 9 33 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 2:33PM
Bit lonely - I like the colour of the sky but have to agree with the comments about white balance - Debi
spaceman 13 5.3k 3 Wales
31 Dec 2008 2:59PM
Try cropping it just below the house, removing almost all of the grass.
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 3:03PM
Argh, how do I allow it to be modified, I've spent 5 mins seaching all over the place and can't see it anywhere!
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 3:30PM
you need to get back to this location and re compose this with lead in lines, try to locate where you have the hedges leading into the picture instead of across it.
dougv 13 8.4k 3 England
31 Dec 2008 4:05PM
Hey Presto!

With a wave of my Magic Wand Modifications were allowed on the photo.

Wink
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 4:17PM
Doug, never knew YOU were the Christmas Fairy!

Thank you!
PatriciaWilson 13 615 58 Greece
31 Dec 2008 4:24PM
Even if you got the white balance wrong in camera it's easy to put right later (although, of course, it's best to get the job done on location).
Did a mod. It took 3 minutes, method in 'techniques>colour casts)

hope it helps.
good luck!
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 4:48PM
OK my take, I altered the crop to give the landscape a wider feel, then adjusted levels and played with the shadows and highlights, all in Elements.

I felt you want to emphasize the house and its isolation in the field. And yes it was very under exposed.

I hope it helps
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2008 9:44PM
Pmsl, Luis that is SO funny!!! Love the sky though!

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