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A stunning landscape image.. Portraying the last of the sunflowers bathed in the beautiful rays...

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
21 Sep 2013 12:54AM
I don't know much about landscape either, but this is delightful!
achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
21 Sep 2013 12:55AM
Looking at this Annette, just keep doing what you are doing, excellent landscape.

Regards

Trev.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
21 Sep 2013 12:56AM
You mean the riddle about the fly?
Irishkate Plus
9 41 116 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 1:15AM
The sky steals the show here Annette - not often you can put a field of sunflowers in the shade!
The trees on the right just give this that little bit of focus for me.
Some images you don't forget AnnetteTongue
KateGrinGrinGrin
gajewski 15 10 9 United States
21 Sep 2013 3:03AM

Quote:I don't know much about landscape either, but this is delightful!

I agree with Jenn. This has a wonderful painting quality about it.
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EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
21 Sep 2013 3:38AM
Glorious!

Ann
Ray12 Plus
7 154 1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 4:48AM
Wonderful imageGrin I love doing landscapes not that I am perfect just love the natural beauty of them.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
21 Sep 2013 5:31AM
Simply beautiful, Annette. Carol
ddolfelin Plus
8 103 3 Wales
21 Sep 2013 5:47AM
Do some more, Annette.
Soon be carrot time.
netta1234 7 382 2 Wales
21 Sep 2013 7:31AM
Anette I dont know the right way of taking a Landscape,but if I like something I just click,so cant give you any advise.
But my eye says that this is a great Landscape so carry on.SmileSmileSmile
NettaSmile
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
21 Sep 2013 7:49AM
Wonderful crepuscular rays and a foregrouns with bags of potential but in this case maybe overshadowed by that magnificent sky. My advice is purely subjective and consequently, potentially wrong, but here goes.
1.Even with such a great sky you need a visual intoduction or lead line. Here the fg occupies half the frame but doesn't pull its weight.
Possible answers - there is great light and shadow on the sunflowers. Maybe on closer inspection a pattern of shadow or sunlit leaves would reveal theselves as more of a focal point or to act as lead lines. These could be gently emphasised in photoshop with a curves layer.
2. Get yourself a real wide angle lens (14 or 16mm on a bad boy bit of kit like the D3x) and then get in close to the fg - really close. This will exaggerate perspective and give bags of detail. There is a downside because distant features are rendered even smaller but that sky would still work.
3. Having found a lead or initial point of interest decide which is the star and split your comp accordingly - two thirds fg ot two thirds sky - here the sky is wonderful so both could work although it's the lower section only showing the rays so perhaps a third sky, especially if you used a wider lens, would work best.
4. If you didn't do so at the time. Annette, take both landscape and portrait orientation as I find it's difficult in the field - in the moment - to know which will work best.

Reading this back to myself, I sound like a pompous, presumptious, thinks he knows it all, magazine regurgitating, formulaic, unimaginatve rectal orifice - please take it as such Grin
Alun
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2115 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 8:33AM
From the good advice above:

Quote:Get yourself a real wide angle lens ... and then get in close to the fg - really close.

I think you have a 14-24mm???
My initial thought on opening this was - the sunflowers are the subject but they don't stand out as individual entities, they are a texture pattern. Which is a pity given their very distinctive 'faces'.
With the image as it stands I would want to work on brightness and contrast in the foreground, to give more individual distinction and three-dimensional feel to the flowers.
But at the point of taking - even without changing lens, go to 24mm and get down lower and in as close as you can focus on the foreground flowers.
Well that's what I would do. But I'm not a landscaper either.
Moira
fentiger 18 920 24 England
21 Sep 2013 8:48AM
I do like your composition but feel that the sunflowers needed to be more dominant so I have produced a mod and lightened the foreground and saturated the yellows a bit more, I have also darkened the sky a little to try and give more emphasis to the sun's rays.

Albert
21 Sep 2013 10:14AM
some good pointers above about the f/g Annette otherwise for me a fine landscape and the Atmospheric optics works so well nice one

GrahamGrinGrinGrinGrin
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
21 Sep 2013 2:04PM
A fine shot Annette.
And plenty of advice for improvements too,
but there is one bit of advice missing I feel.
It is better to have an odd number of subjects in your images,
but you have an EVEN number of sunflowers here !!
Mick,
lovely photo like the sun rays. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
21 Sep 2013 2:22PM
As one who has never taken a landscape shot it would be most invidious of me to try to offer advice.!!! I do know however what pleases my eye and this DOES enormously.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 5:15PM

Quote:A fine shot Annette.
And plenty of advice for improvements too,
but there is one bit of advice missing I feel.
It is better to have an odd number of subjects in your images,
but you have an EVEN number of sunflowers here !!
Mick,



Mick said it for me!!!
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
21 Sep 2013 5:48PM
I be useless at advice for landscape shots, Annette, but that's a great sky you've got there and I love those sunrays!

As for the sunflowers, Mick didn't spot the one way way at the back in the neighbouring town. That evens it up.

Andrew
21 Sep 2013 9:57PM
Lovely landscape Annette. Great shot. Don
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
22 Sep 2013 2:49PM
The sunsrays are the dominant feature in this impressive landscape. I can't really add anything more seeing as I hardly ever photograph landscapes these days. I'm sure Lynne Joyce will explode when she sees that you have an even number of subjects in your latest upload, she's a stickler for camera club rules you know!WinkGrinTongue

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