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sunset looking towards Bats head

By trebork
cropped and levelled with basic lightroom adjustments
wanted to keep portland in the background but is there too much dead space on the left ?

Tags: Dorset Silhouette Durdle door Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2019 4:55PM
I wonder how much you cropped the original, Robert, and also what adjustments you made.
When you have worked on an image, it's a good idea to show the original, which you can do by uploading it as a modification.

With the focal points of the lady (I think it's a female) and the sun, I see this as a perfect image on which to use the Rule Of Thirds. I have placed the lady on a thirds intersection in my modification, by cropping some off both sides. I feel this gives an immediate balance and that the idea of the negative space on the left is no longer in question.

I don't personally know this scene, so I assume the area of land on the horizon is Portland. I kept that in my modification. I also darkened it so that it stands out more and shows a better divide between sky and horizon line.

I felt the scene needed some brightening and lifting of shadows, and having done that I found that the texture on the cliffs and foreground grass showed more detail. I also did a small Levels adjustment to increase contrast and enhance the colours.

I like the way the sun is colouring the wash on the shore.


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30 Nov 2019 5:26PM
Thank you for your modification and suggestions.Its amazing how much a few extra tweeks can lift an image.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.4k 630 England
30 Nov 2019 9:15PM
It would be good to see the original, just to see how far you've come with this (you can upload it as a mod). Even if it's only a small adjustment. I hope you still have the original just in case you want/need to return to it and do all your adjustments on a copy.

I don't think there's too much dead, or negative space on the left. Given the rul of thirds for what it's worht anyway, the amount of space is in balance.
And you need that feeling of open space, which you have, and the eye is drawn nicely to the land in the distance which cropping would spoil.

The figure makes this (just cover it up with your finger and you'll see it makes a difference), so with a few tweaks as in Pamela's mod this should get some votes in the main gallery.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
30 Nov 2019 10:57PM
It's always worth experimenting iwth more (and less) contrast. The crop is simple, though: there's rather dead space at the ends of the frame, and Pamela's crop has just focussed our eyes on the scene a little more.

Wide lenses are popular for landscapes - but often, the best images come from going tighter...
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
1 Dec 2019 4:03PM
You've done quite a bit of magic on this yourself.

I would prefer to lean towards more of a silhouette, and using the original I created two different exposures, one for the sky, darker, and one for the land somewhat brighter and combined them.

I placed the figure on a third, the horizon on a third, and cropped to that land lower left exits the frame at the corner, which can make for a nice composition.

Hope you like the result.


1 Dec 2019 6:06PM
Thanks Willie for another excellent take on this image.I find it very difficult to say which mod I prefer but this shows what can be achieved according to our different tastes.
pablophotographer 8 1.5k 368
3 Dec 2019 8:01PM
Sea is not a dead space. Why cut the wave?
Selecting 16:9 is a perfect option for framing landscape. Learn how to live without the Religion of Rules and listen to the call of beauty. If it looks nice keep it in the frame.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2019 9:39AM
The figure is absolutely critical here and others should learn. It transforms a decent standard evening sky shot to something with rather more intertest. Good as it is, but there is a stronger image cropping rather tighter but with the same dimensions.


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