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Pine Sunset

By everday_shots
A sunset with lens flare looking towards an evergreen tree with more in the background. I enjoy the look of light in this it is uplifting. Does it give a sense of beauty and appreciation for nature and life?
Adjustments were made to brightness contrast and saturation to reduce the darkness of shadows and increase the color. Crouching down low made that particular angle.

Tags: Sunset Trees Flowers and plants



paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2015 1:14PM
Going to be a difficult one because you already like it, and that is all that matters p. For me, the flare is not ideal. It reduces contrast and there are two fkare spots.

Better to have the sun behind the tree giving back light rather than glare.

Thanks for the ideas Paul. Back lighting exposures are difficult but I think I should try some too.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
27 Apr 2015 5:28PM
Hi, Stuart, and welcome to both Ephotozine and to the Critique Gallery. Here, you can get advice on improvements and options, instead of the votes you can accumulate in the main gallery.

To answer your question, yes, it does, for me. Others may have differing opinions.

The potential reason is that flare can look a bit too full-on, and it's never entirely predictable. I think almost everyone would edit to darken the shadows and get a full range of contrast there (and one that looks good, too). However, a lighter look is perfectly valid, if that's what you want to achieve.

I've done a mod to put back some deep tones - you don't have to like it, of course - and if not, just say so! What may be worth doing is removing the secondary flare on the left...
Thanks dudler the mod you sent is more like the original image and i can see why it is better in making the shadows lighter it reduces the richness of the color and pulls attention away from the subject. As for the flares since they are original rather than added by software, removing them would not be easy, unless you know of a method or tool for that?
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2281 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2015 7:00PM
Hello, Stuart, and welcome from me too.

Photographers are usually taught to keep the sun behind them, but we all learn that some dramatic effects can be achieved by shooting into the sun, especially when used as backlighting.
Even at sunset and sunrise, we are taught to keep the sun out of the frame, but I have seen some very successful landscapes with the sun like a star on the horizon.

There are good reasons for avoiding the sun. For one thing, you're likely to experience lens flare (as here), which a lot of people feel spoils a shot. You may also experience burnt out areas.

It's very much a matter of preference.
Here you have faced the sun full-on and included the flare as an element that pleases you. So that's fine.
However, it does reduce your image's contrast, as the highlights from the sun overpower the image and reduce its dynamic range. This will just make your picture look washed out and lacking vibrant colours. So a bit of post-processing is required. You won't be seeking to remove the flare, just to enhance the contrast.
You did realise this and have done a bit of work on it already.

The question is - was the flare accidental or intentional?
Some use it to add a little romanticism, mystery and warmth to their work.
I think it's important for you to know why it happens and, if necessary, how to avoid it.
Flare is caused by direct light entering the lens, which then bounces around the glass elements. It's easier to get flare with less expensive lenses.
You can use a lens hood to try to avoid the flare, or a polarizing filter. But the best way is to avoid the sun being in your shot, hiding it behind a tree, or having some cloud cover it.

The trouble is that viewers don't know if it's accidental or intentional, they just know if they like the effect or not.
The positioning of the largest circle is good, it gives a balance. It does, however, draw the eye away from your attractive pine tree on the left. It becomes the main important element.

I look forward to seeing what else you can offer us.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
27 Apr 2015 7:44PM
I removed the small secondary spot on the left - that was a very simple cloning job. I wasn't suggesting any action on the main part, because that looks pretty good - but the small streak against the blue sky was far less attractive!
tonyguitar 11 77 37 Canada
27 Apr 2015 9:09PM
There have been a few very winning fog images on here using a sun flare through branches and mist. I keep this in mind as an opportunity still waiting to be grasped.
Is that a person in the field? Also there are a few white on black items that may be blooms in the lower right frame area. I'm guessing your subject here is the diagonal flare from blue sky down through the tree to the lower right. Showing that in a clear and strong way is VERY difficult. Interesting image but, like my aims, just a step towards a stronger more dramatic image to come. TG
28 Apr 2015 12:32AM
Thanks for the ideas everyone, you have given me some ideas on how to improve.

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