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Sun At Sunrise

By AdamGriggs
As with my last photo, the only thing I have changed with this photo are the levels in photoshop.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
8 Oct 2012 7:15AM
I love the soft early morning colours and the way the mist is rising in the field.

I think I would have swung the camera around to the right a little more. This would still keep the silhouettes of the hedge as foreground interest, but also allowed us to see more of the background scene. At the moment I think the hedge rather overtakes the shot. Smile

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 8:56AM
Hi Adam, I am afraid this doesn't work for me. I see a well underexposed section of dark foliage, with some barren land to the right and the sun attempting to peep through.

Compositionally, the first thing worthy of your thoughts is the location of the sun, it is smack on centre and would look far better around a third the way in or out and also up or down. ie around a junction of lines of "thirds". You can also see that the sun is rather too weak for the picture to be denoted as a sunset and the foliage dominates the image without the interest to be able to actually do so successfully.

You have found a place where the foliage allows the sun to peep through but a better loaction compositionally as well as a place where less of the foreground bush dominates would I feel have been much better. Was there a piece of alternative foliage that provided a better foreground interest for you?

EXIF wise I feel the sun is too weak to demand negative exposure compensation and given the present foreground, I feel that some positive adjustment would have been better. Maybe raising your ISO would have aslo helped you to be able to use a much smaller aperture combined with a hand-holdable shutter speed.

Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
8 Oct 2012 5:37PM
Excellent advice from Frank and Karen.

Often what we see with our eyes doesn''t necessarily translate too well to a 2D image.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:05PM
I like the concept of this shot, Adam, and think I would have taken several of the same scene. I would be looking to get the sun's rays in a nice circle as they amanate through the branches. This would mean having the sun placed in an area of the foliage where it is more dense.
I also think it would have been worthwhile waiting a little while, until the sun was a bit higher in the sky, when there would hopefully be more gold and less blue.
There is a nice layer of mist showing on the right and, if you had moved your camera more to the right, as suggested above, there would have been more of the mist within the frame and less of the dark part of the bush on the left.
I like the delicate mauve and blue, and the way you have silhouetted the bush.
I have done a modification where I cropped the left and added canvas to the right, showing what I am suggesting above. I adjusted Levels, added saturation to the colours and sharpened. The bush now sits in the bottom left diagonal and the sun is offset in the frame instead of being central.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 4:10PM
The really good bit of this image is the misty background. There is just too much foliage in the foreground with no pattern or dominent area. You need to look for simple interesting subject matter to use in the foreground to act as a foil to the background.

User_Removed 8 34 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 9:19PM
If you had rays of sun coming through the branches this shot would be awesome! Still a great concept though Wink


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