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like a Monet painting
tedman1 11 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 7:56AM
Many thanks, I like it too!!!Smile
jabe 11 10 4 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 8:28AM
Grin They look a bit wind swept,great light and colors,good angle for the shot.
iancrowson 12 215 169 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 12:56PM
Good image, lots of colour. I would consider cropping some of the sky at the top.
CathR 15 151 564 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 4:26PM
Good shot Ted. The tree is important in providing something interesting on the horizon.

I agree with Ian that the sky could do with a bit of a crop. I don't follow the thirds rule at all slavishly but here I think it looks balanced more if you have about two thirds poppies and one third sky - see mod. I have also saturated the blues in the sky about 25%. The red of the poppies is very strong and I think you need a stronger blue in the sky to match it more evenly, otherwise it gets slightly lost. Plus I have darkened the poppies slightly, so they have more punch.

best wishes

ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 8:44AM
good shot Ted. but you know there will be buts Wink.
Firstly try using a wider angle lens like sigma 10-20mm or for full frame the 17-40mm lens and put the aperture to f22 this will ensure sharpness front to back as long as you focus on your horizon or a little before, if you did not already manual focus then do so as this is more accurate for this type of shot.
In this shot i would get the horizon in in the middle by chopping off the out of focus poppy's in the foreground, the only reason you have soft foreground poppy's is because you need to use a wider angle lens.
This is only my observation but i think the tree needs to be put further to the right for a better composition.

Also maybe you could bring out the detail in the clouds a little with burn tool.

I have uploaded a mod for you.

I hope this helps.

ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 8:58AM
two more important thing i did to the mod that i did not mention was i straightened the Horizon and cloned the two soft birds out as i thought they distracted me personally.

Hope this helps.

tedman1 11 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 9:10AM
Ian, blimey that looks much better. Really appreciate your comments. I'm a bit of a novice with things such as 'photoshop' and I don't really have the confidence to use them. Given the result, I may now need to reconsider my principled approach. Many thanks Ted
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 11:25AM
your very welcome and thanks for your appreciation.
If your interested i used Photo shop elements 9 and i like it alot for what it can achieve for me, and it is a very powerful digital dark room.
I highly recomend this after using other ps versions, it is value for your money in many ways and has pretty much everything even a pro would need to get those photos looking superb.

Hope this helps and if you need any more advise on ps elements nine i will be more than happy to give it in straight forward terms.


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