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Round bales & Bennachie.

By kdm1

Tags: Bennachie Landscape and travel

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lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2011 6:18PM
An interesting image, I like the hay bails, the mountain and tree line, however the image is a bit 'dull' for me, and because of the detail i think it would work really well as a BW.

I have uploaded a mod for you, converted, upped the levels and contrast a bit, also cropped up and in from the left, to remove the odd bit of tractor line!

I hope this is ok for you!

it has great potential! x x

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
13 Sep 2011 8:19PM
The shot overall lacks contrast, - which is generally what "dull" and "flat" refer to. Your shot settings are fine, so the reason usually for this is the quality of the light at the time your shot was taken. Good contrast is the result of strong, dark shadows, which you will find in the early morning, or late evening. This time also provides a warmer light that really suites this type of shot. Its easy of course to compensate for this to a large extent with post processing, - and in mod1 Ive simply increased contrast, sharpened a little, and cropped to place the "primary" bale closer to a third, making a 10 X 8 format.

Mod2 is the same with a warm tone, and colours enhanced with saturation.

However,. - you will likely notice that many of the best "bales" shots are shot along the bale line, taking advantage of the converging lines of cut hay in the ground. I you had the oportunity at this location to move more to the right, shooting more along the bales, with the Sun lower to provide those shadows and lines, this would lift this picture immensely.

Hope you find this helpful, landscape photography is an art in itself,



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