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Morning Sun

By mdconnors
I haven't been too active on epz of late, there seems to be a lot going on to eat up my time these days. So l apologize to the belated thank you to those who viewed and voted on my last upload of Yosemite Falls, and especially to Martin, Adam and Alan for there much appreciated UAs.

Time to impose on the critique team again. This is taken from the same meadow as the Yosemite Falls image but on a different day showing the morning sun on North Dome and Royal Arches. From left to right, the peaks are North Dome, Clouds' Rest and Half Dome.

Do you think it should be cropped in a bit on the right? Some off the bottom? Selective dodging and burning? Any critique welcome, and thanks in advance.

Original color uploaded as a version.

Tags: Yosemite Black and white Landscape and travel

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MileJanjic 8 5 3 Serbia
9 Apr 2015 7:11PM
Very nice landscape. I have uploaded a colour mod.
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4315 Canada
9 Apr 2015 7:12PM
Superb shot either way.

Hard to suggest a lot without trying something and looking at it.

I took the original colour ans tweaked that a little. For something to so, I cropped a little off bot right, and the bottom. I would not take a lot off the right as that hilltop with the trees is attractive.

Mod2 is a high contrast version of this that doesnt look a whole lot different from yours.

I will play with some radical crops and see what pops up.


mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2015 7:49PM
As Wilie says, this is superb work. The textures in V1 have a graphic quality, almost like an etching. I love that.

Crops? Well maybe a small crop on the right, to end the dark diagonal slope at the point where it flattens out for a short distance. But keep the bottom of the frame, it provides a firm, stable baseline.

My only quibble really is with the sky in V1 which seems to compete for attention with the land. I prefer the slightly paler, softer sky in Willie's second modification.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2015 8:01AM
Both very good in different ways and for different purposes. I do find the shadow areas, bottom right, rather heavy and think very careful attention with the dodge tool might lift the detail a bit. Care though as heavy shadows soon go muddy when reduced.

mdconnors 7 3 United States
10 Apr 2015 5:25PM
Ah, it is such a pleasure to submit something to the Critique Team! Willie, I think your color mod is gorgeous. It reminds me of the paintings of the American West by painters from the 19th Century Hudson River School. If you ever give a class on color processing, let me know, I'll sign up! Mile, thanks much for your mod as well - on balance, I prefer Willie's warmer, richer tones for this scene. Moira, thanks for the inputs on the crop. I went back and forth about the right. I also tried some off the bottom, but agree with you that the image needs a base. Thanks for confirming that. I rather like the darker sky, versus Willie's B&W, but do see why you like it lighter. Paul, I've tried a bit of a dodge lower right. I agree it looks better. If you haven't seen this video on dodging and burning using 50% grey layers in PS, give it a look. I recently discovered it and it has helped me. Once again, thanks to all...

Otinkyad 19 2 7 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2015 9:12AM
My personal view is that the high contrast sky draws the viewer's attention away from the main subject, and so prefers Willie's version.

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