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Rape Seed Field - near Groombridge Kent

By perkyjude  
This time I avoided the sun completely so I didn't have to deal with blow out. I did stick to the rule of thirds. I used my 10mm lens. I was quite pleased with the result. How else / what else could I have done to improve the result? Before or after.

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jdinne 15 16 England
14 May 2012 10:23AM
Great POV (down low) lovely colours.



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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 10:30AM
Nice shot, though there are a few things that spoil it for me, being picky. It is a nice pastoral landscape, but despite having so much yellow, doesn't really have much impact, and indeed the shade has given it a generally blue cast.

Firstly, the sun will make the colour more intense, especially sun lower in the sky. The lack of it here, has muted the colours. In the same vein, using an ND grad would help balance the sky with the land, and a polariser would help intensify the colours and help define your sky better (especially at right angles to the sun), which takes me on to ...
Secondly, there appears to be a halo around the treeline suggesting you burned the sky in to give it more impact....but I don't think it is dramatic enough to have so much of it. I think the image might work better as a vertical format. This will enable you to look down slightly more, where the plants are spaced out, breaking up the wash of yellow at the bottom of the frame.

The use of thirds is ok, but I feel the rhs of frame is a bit redundant, and you could lose large chunks and not really affect the image. Definitely a place to go back to soon, before the Rape is harvested, at a better time of day.

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
14 May 2012 10:31AM
Just a few thoughts.

I think the difficulty with this is that you have dark areas on the left and bright areas on the right with the clouds together with the oilseed rape which being yellow is also bright.

The before suggestions would be.
1) To ensure that the "whites" ( clouds ) are not clipped with the blinkies on the histogram even if it means the darks are darker.

2) Having taken the shot and got one "in the bag" hang around to see of the clouds moved so that the there was not as much contrast between dark / bright.

3) If possibly move around yourself to see if there was a composition that had the same effect as 2)

After Suggestion

I do not have the same software as you so I cannot comment on how to make adjustments, except perhaps crop just to the left of the bright clouds, top right.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
14 May 2012 11:02AM
Blimey - looks like I got it all I did use a polarizer and I did hang around as long as a bored 9 year old would allow but clearly failed miserably. The sad thing is I quite liked it..
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 2:31PM
Hi Judith, to be honest, there's not a great deal wrong with your shot. It's a little dark on the left side of the image, but what the hell, we've got Photoshop. The portrait mob have their indoor lighting to get the best possible results. Us poor landscape mortals have the sun, cloud, rain and anything else it can throw at us. Are we bothered? No, we are a hardy bunch who get up and go to bed at rediculous times, just for the sake of getting that special image. We're not pampered poodles. Anyway, I put your image into Photoshop camera raw, adjusted the highlights. Got the adjustment brush and brought up the exposure on the sky and the land where the wall is at then end of the field. I then went into Photoshop and copied the background layer. I then went back into the layers panel - blend mode and soft light. Now I feel your image is great and has a wonderful warm and bright feel to it. Hope you like it.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
14 May 2012 2:52PM
Stephen, you have lifted my spirits - thankyou, I was feeling really disheartened. Your mod is very vibrant, and you have got rid of the blue tinge - which I initially hadn't noticed. I did try a mod of my own, not sure if that was any better than my original. We still have plenty of rape seed fields around - if it stops raining I shall give it anther go.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
14 May 2012 2:55PM
Hi, I have done a mod simply because I couldn't resist, It is a lovely image. I firstly corrected the exposure just a little and added a touch more red and blue, and removed a bit of green. I lightened the image a bit and gave it a little selective sharpen to the fg, The image in the first place is very good, great comp and combination of colour. Hope you like the modSmile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
14 May 2012 6:26PM
Hi Judith, - left you a note on your last upload re circular polariser.

This is potentially a good image. It looks a little dull, - lacking punch to me.

The tall flowers in the foreground are a problem in that they present a barrier to the real action further in. And they are soft, unfocused. Yellows are difficult to work with, and often end up over saturated. I dont know all the work you did post processing, apart from darkening the sky. I assume you know that for a small aperture landscape like this, you manually focus approx 13 the way into the scene, for best front to back sharpness.

And now for the difficult bit, -= this scene looks way better if you DONT abide by the ROT, and crop loads from the bottom, central horizon and call it a panoramic shot. Mod2 is the severe crop, - for me it looks best.


Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
14 May 2012 9:36PM
Hi Judith,
Have you used any noise removal software on this?
Everything looks as if it's been smoothed out.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
15 May 2012 8:55AM
Jester - no, nothing like that.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
15 May 2012 8:57AM
Willie - I like the crop. I don't do alot of landscapes ( but I am trying my hand and I shall keep trying. Thankyou for the feedback everyone. Lots to work on and lots to learn.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
15 May 2012 9:09AM
Just a thought.

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