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By TylerMPhotography
Saw the sun rise over some houses out my bedroom window....
And then I just digitally enhanced it... Looks much better than the original... Not too fond of Digitally enhanced photographs but,... this looks much better than the original


Tags: Digitally manipulated Roof tops Digitaly enhanced

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ErictheViking 7 124 102 Scotland
19 Dec 2012 9:27PM
Welcome to EPZ Tyler and thank you for posting this shot for some critique.
Firstly you mention digitally manipulating this image but you don't say how so its going to be difficult to comment on what you've already done. The shot as it stands has an interesting silhouette foreground but unfortunately as is very common when photographing the sun straight on it has become a pure white ball, so I shall use what’s available and give you some initial pointers. As you mention digitally manipulating your image I shall assume you have some kind of editing software.

I have loaded a Mod to demonstrate the things I shall say. In the foreground you have a number of white streak areas these really don't look very nice and to give the silhouette the even dark colour its best to clone over these to remove them this removes the distractions in the foreground.

Another problem is the dreaded dirt spot which has appeared by the TV aerial thi again I've cloned out in the mod - be careful doing this as you want to make it look as natural as possible so be prepared to make a few attempts before you get what you're wanting.

As for the final composition you do have the composition of 1/3rd sky to 2/3rds foreground but this has created a very dark and unexciting foreground. Its good too just look at the image and decide what you wanted to photograph. In this from your description I think it was the sunrise so this should have the majority of the picture so better to crop away much of the unneeded foreground and balance the shot more 1/3rd foreground and 2/3rds sky.

You can see the effect of this in my mod together with the cloned areas and how it changes the image. My mod was done quickly so its still possible to see some of the cloned area. You will also notice I have loaded 2 Mods, this is because after I looked the fence to the right of you image again serves very little purpose and the image just looks better with the frame ending at the edge of the roof.

I hope you find this useful sunrises and sunsets are incredibly difficult to photograph a better time is just before sunrise and after sunset when the bright light is not there and you get more of the pre /post sun colours.

Remember ever one of us on this site started at the beginning and its only through taking pictures and listening to the advise of others that we learn.

Over all I think this was a good effort and although I have suggested a few improvements it was well spotted. Grin If you can, load the original so we can see what you started with.

Eric GrinGrin

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Focus_Man 10 481 631 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 10:16AM
Hello Tyler and welcome to EPZ, I hope you will learn a great deal here, The Critique Gallery is the place to learn, however a lot of self- help is also necessary.

Before uploading here, why not go through a lot of the previous uploads to this gallery, look for pictures similar to your own and read the comments applied there. That will give you an initial learning and tuition ie self-help.

Take good note of the comments which appear to present themselves the most and ignore the comments ,like “Good shot” or “Love the colours” that is not the help you are after, you want to look at critique, which is what this galley is all about. Looking back at comments and learning from them will give you a very good start without the need for members to keep adding the same advice time after time to picture after picture.

Here Eric has cleared up most things but I wish to add a little. Rule of Thirds also can apply to the horizontal format i.e. it is often more eye-catching and more pleasing to the eye to also place your sun on either 1/3 in from left or from the right, but it is also important to avoid exposing directly into such a bright light as it can damage your sensor. You already need a sensor clean given the ‘dust bunny’ by the left hand chimney.

Anyway enjoy EPZ Tyler.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 11:01AM
Mostly said. The spot is strange. You have a fixed lens camera, so there is either a very large piece of dirt or damage on the front lens element, or a serious sensor fault. The latter can result from shooting directly into a bright sun.!

for me, that is the other problem. The sun ball is very bright. Much too bright. Not sure what you have done digitally?


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