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pintail lake

By unk001  
I've worked with this photo with adobe lightroom trying to bring out the mountains in the background, and the color... but it still seems flat...

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4236 Canada
15 Aug 2014 7:57PM
Thats another nice scene.

There is an exposure clallenge here, as there always is when theres lots of sky in the shot.

The camera will underexpose, and thats what you have here. Tou can resolve this quite easily in LR, if you select the Adjustment tool set to for a +2.3 (o.6) exposure and paint it over the foreground area.

Ive uploaded a mod with something simialt done in Photoshop.

Looks quite good I think.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2216 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 8:25PM
I like your scene and your composition very much, Charles.
You have nice detail on the tree and, to be honest, I quite like the hazy background, but do understand why you feel that it looks flat.
The tree stands out well. Although it looks as if it has fallen, it still has foliage, so is still alive, a case of determined survival.

I have done some modifications to try to help with your question.
But firstly, I will tell you that I cropped three sides of the image, excluding the bottom. This brings the foliage part of the tree onto a thirds line.
I lifted the shadows, brightened the image overall, and sharpened.

My first modification has the burn tool run over just the top area, including the line of trees, the mountains, and the sky. This is a simple solution and you can try different settings with the burn tool until you are happy with it. Don't make it too dark, though.

My second modification has the burn tool only on the mountains, following its contours against the sky. Again, use the opacity that you are happy with, but not too dark.

My third modification has the burn tool on the mountains and the trees only.

In my fourth modification is the same as the third except that I selected the sky with the Magic Wand and filled the sky with a nicer colour, as it looked a bit grey before. The Magic Wand included the two mountain tops at the very top, but I quite liked it that way.

These different stages are just to show you how you can deal with each individual area. I personally like the last one.

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 8:25PM
I understand that Banehawi has achieved what you wanted to achieve but I can't help asking why? In your original shot the softly coloured mountains provide a lovely backdrop that doesn't take too much attention away from the subject of the photograph, that wonderful fallen tree. Is it me?
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 8:51PM
The image is flat and, like Willie, I think under exposure. Unlike the others, I find the content a bit bland, but that is just personal preference. The tree, to me, is not terribly attractive.

unk001 6
15 Aug 2014 9:40PM
a little background on the shot the tree is located in a seasonal lake / pond and spends part of its life 4 months out of the year with the roots under water i think that is why it's still alive...I like all of your comments and will try Pamela's suggestions...the unattractiveness of the tree is the point of the photo... although I haven't uploaded many of my tree photos it is a subject i often go to as in Northern AZ. there is not a lot of water to go around and it's amazing to me that anything survives...

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