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Sunset Grass

By crabby39
Taken from the beach. No filters used, just an tiny aperture.

Tags: Sunset Grass Harwich Flowers and plants

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Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 10:10AM
A simple image, which for me would work better in the upright, concentrating on the two big stems. It would have been much better to get the tops in, and slightly less exposure would have meant a better, less washed out, sky colour and strong silhouettes. The extra grass is a little messy (particularly at the edge of the frame) and the composition doesn't really work.
The brightness of the sun has given bad flare spots (make sure your lens is spotlessly clean!), and an upright shot might have lost them from the edge of the frame.
I think a more middling aperture would have been optically better (say f/11-f/16) and I see you've used -0.3 exposure compensation, this might have been better if you'd used more like -1.3 or -2 stops.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 7:07PM
Hello, Phil, and welcome to EPZ.
I like the way the sun is highlighting the edges of the grass, and the silhouette you have achieved.
This scene has a lot of potential. The subjects are the sunset and the grass. Since the sunset isn't providing much in the way of attractive clouds, your grass has to be the dominating feature. As such, you need the whole length of the two main grasses inside your frame.
The sun isn't too bright and is therefore not dominating the image too much.
I agree with Nick about a vertical format being the best option, especially considering the length of the grasses.
I have done a modification where I cropped to that format, which effectively removes the flare spots on the right, but there is still one on the left-hand tall grass. I used perspective correction to straighten at least one of the grasses and also to level the ground. I added canvas and a bit more grass at the top, as well as a bit more black canvas at the bottom for balance, then made adjustments with highlights, shadows and levels until I had a stronger silhouette, stronger colours and less glare. I finished with a high pass sharpen.
crabby39 9 7 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 9:07PM

Thankyou for your comments, I can see how the amended image makes it more dynamic - mine just seems to look more laid back.

I will have to go back to the beach and have another go at getting it right.

Phil x
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2012 12:12PM
Doesn't that modification look good!
I've only been taking photography seriously
for 4 years and it's amazing what you can learn
by looking and listening.
I remember taking an image of grasses with a sunset
behind it at The Falkirk Wheel and got it all wrong
by not foccussing on the grasses and ended up with a mishmash!
You'll take a better one next time.Can't add to above as these experts
have said it all.

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