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By DanielaS  
It was cloudy the day I took the picture and I choose to do a HDR on the computer(not with 3 ore more diffrent pictures) to compensate the difference between the sky and the land. I personally don't like the HDR with big contrast, so this is why I tried to keep it as natural as possible.

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:59AM
Hi Daniela, I vista from your home country I guess? I don't understand how you did HDR without multiple copies and in any case I always question the necessity for HDR outdoors in particular when there is not a vast difference between highlights and shadows. It is a pleasing image and the white house to the left is your sort of 'eye-catcher' or 'main subject'.

To compose a better and more pleasing composition I would want to take your horizon away from its central location and place it either higher or lower on a third of the way up or down dependent upon how nice is the sky or foreground. Although your sky is not as nice as it could be, the foreground seems to be a little barren so I would drop the horizon down rather than up. The white house being there I would also have placed this around 1/3 the way in rather than close to the edge as at present.

Now this should not be done in processing but at the time you framed the picture and made the exposure, that makes any 'tweaking' in processing easier to perform.

Your EXIF if good with an ideal shutter speed for the given Focal length and with the use of f8 and 100ISO.

I will upload a mod but because of the present layout is is difficult to manage the positioning of both the horizon and the house as I would have liked but if you can imagine those added to what I have uploaded I hope you approve. I also added some sharpening and it may be a little too much.


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:17AM
A lot to take in Daniela, so I shall simply say keep your head up, and keep enjoying this wonderful artistic medium.

Regards Nathan
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:51AM
You can do HDR by creating different copies from one image, adjusted to sky, ground etc.

This one looks flat and low contrast (as HDR tends to give). There is no real need for HDR in situations like this, especially as the sky is cloudy, reducing contrast naturally.

Frank's covered the rest.

DanielaS 5 4 Romania
20 Sep 2012 1:53PM
Ok, I totally agree with what Focus Man said. I usually respect the rule of third part but there were too many things I wanted to include in the photo. I wanted to show the dramatic sky, with it's clouds , and to show the church (the white house) and also that landslide. I thought that if I will include only the green part and the sky it will be a boring landscape. I will try to work again on the photo and maybe I will find a better way to point out the sky.

Thank you all,
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
20 Sep 2012 3:43PM
Youre on the right track. This is simple Rule of Thirds (Google it) and it often works. Ive added a couple of mods all similar to yours.


DanielaS 5 4 Romania
20 Sep 2012 4:05PM
I know the rule of thirds Smile

I like the third modification as it keeps everything I wanted to show. Thank you
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 9:48PM
There is a good image in there but your HDR treatment has created a very flat image with heavily compressed tones. You need more density and contrast. HDR can be very effective indoors, rarely so outdoors.


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