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Road To Scotland A68

By Astroman
One of my favourite drives, taken with my phone (Samsung A51), just starting to get interested in photography again and any advice would be gratefully received
Thanks Mo

Tags: Landscape Scotland Northumberland Hills Landscape and travel

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
29 Jun 2020 11:42AM
Welcome back.

It's a pleasing scene.
In my mod I'vewarmed the image using Colour Balance. Auto often tends to give cooler renditions so a tweak in post processing makes all the difference. The asphalt is a pretty neutral grey so I use that as a reference.
Ithen lightened the foreground and darkened the sky to bring out the clouds more. Just small adjustments but enough.

It's nice to see no traffic though I guess even in pre-Covid times that road wasn't too busy.
Some might like to see a classic car there Smile

I like the way the full width ofthe road spans the botom of the frame, and the road leading us through the picture and the left turn taking the viewer back in to the image.
I would have taken one from the end of the lay-by so it's all about the road and the scene, cleaner looking.
Or get that classic car in the lay-by...

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chase Plus
14 1.7k 412 England
29 Jun 2020 11:48AM
This is a good place for photography by the looks, especially with the dappled light over the fields.
I would have gone with Keiths' suggestion of taking this frame from the end of the lay-by, that way, the large expanse of nothingness at the front and the inclusion of the sign post would have been avoided. You would have had a much better viewpoint and included more of the country side instead of the lay by.
A cyclist or walker may have helped with a little extra interest here.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 2:09PM
Hello Mo! It's good to see someone getting back into photography.

There's a lot going for this. It has the on the road feel, I like the emptiness, and the way the road curves out of sight but with the suggestion of its further route. And whereas a large expanse of empty tarmac in the middle of a composition can be a problem it is saved here by the strong, and contrasting, lead lines left and right.

I have added a modification, my changes cover three areas:

First of all those lead-lines have their power reduced by ending them midway up the edges of the frame. I cropped to bring the diagonal into the corner of the frame bottom left, and then cheated a bit to get the same effect bottom right. The result I think is tauter, more 'together', and a near pano crop suits the subject, the sense of wide open spaces. It's worth planning this sort of effect when actually taking the image, look for the best possible use of lines in the frame. That's what composition is about!

A few tweaks using the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop - I reduced exposure slightly and added a bit on the Dehaze filter - this I think gives the clouds a bit more sense of bulk. I also warmed colour slightly.

The third point: I wonder if you have done any processing, or have a high contrast pre-set? The horizon line is extremely sharp, much more so than I would expect, and there is a fine white halo above it. This is usually the effect of either processing sky and land separately or adding a lot of contrast. I softened the horizon slightly.

Judging by this you have a good eye for a 'being there' picture, keep practising and I hope we shall see more from you!
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
29 Jun 2020 4:00PM
Its a nice scene. I would love to see a road sign for Scotland, that would make it better for me at least.

All the above are comments I would have, and Ive uploaded a mod with the exposure a little more even, brighter on the bottom and less bright in the sky; warmer tone; reduced green saturation; and cropped so the lower left line is coming from the corner.


pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
30 Jun 2020 1:46AM
Your phone is the same one I have used in my last three uploads. To get more control of the camera settings when you are in the camera mode, choose the option "more" on the right and then the top left choice "pro" which gives control of ISO value, WB (white balance) and EV (exposure value). You can also adjust the frame size to various shapes to one that is pleasing to the eye and presents your subject nicely.

After you have shot the picture the phone has a Samsung deceloped programme that you can use doing more adjustments without needing to use a bigger pc or other photograph adjustment software.

Landscape pictures require patience. I don't know how much time you had available but I think a passing person, car, bike, animal could add some notion of activity. Roads are made to be used afterall.

Keep shooting to get to know your "camera" better. See you around. Adios!

pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
1 Jul 2020 3:22PM
I am surprised that everyone included the whole sky.... without realising that the clouds on the highest part of the image could or "should" be omitted so the road is the clear subject and the protagonist of the frame. Plus that panoramic crop with only some of the bottom clouds just looks better proportionally.

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paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 8:57AM
A decent shot. I would have cropped most of the sky. it's very bright and pulls the eye upwards. It does need a focal point. Something on the road either close bottom right or well away.


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