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Upper lliw reservoir

By DanBev
Would have liked a wider angle lens & don't know if I've over edited

Tags: Water Lake Countryside Reservoir Landscape and travel

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1714 England
30 Jun 2017 9:54AM
Simple answer - for my taste, yes, you have overedited - some people will love this result, though. It's very saturated, and something has emphasised the colour fringing that you seem to be getting - it's at hellacious levels on the tree on the right!

Would it be possible to upload the unprocessed version as your own modification? That would make it easier to explore options.

There's often an alternative to going wider and 'getting it all in' - and that's to concentrate on a telling detail. Here, I'd crop a bit, using trees as a frame. I'll have a bash...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2017 11:37AM
Same answer from me - this is massively over-saturated for my taste, and image quality has suffered.

What are your intentions when you process a picture? Is it a question of 'Let's see how far I can push this?' What overall effect are you aiming for?

I think it's important to be aware of your aims, and every so often go back a couple of stages and ask 'Am I actually improving this?'

Please do upload the original, so that people can have a look at what maybe needed improving, and how to set about it. A crop on the right would be my first priority.

John's mod brings this back to something believable. There's a really lovely image lurking in this but it has been swamped by the processing.

Just based on the processed image as uploaded, I would turn to b&w...

DanBev 3 Wales
30 Jun 2017 11:45AM
Thanks, if I'm honest I was just trying to see if my modifications would improve the pic which probably hasn't worked I have oversaturated the colour I will go back to the original & up load it I will also upload an image with a little enhance ment thanks for your imput
DanBev 3 Wales
30 Jun 2017 11:47AM
The b& w image doesn't work for me
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2017 11:49AM
Just as an afterthought, I would strongly recommend that you look at enhancing light before you launch into saturation. Very often if you get the light right this will improve colour.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4169 Canada
30 Jun 2017 3:48PM
Hi Dan.

We are probably seeing this differently to you, as its likely what you use to view this is different to what we use, so to you it may not look overly saturated.

Also, this over saturated approach to landscapes is a popular approach you can see in any market that sells landscape prints; they look quite unreal, but some people like them.

First though, before any processing, you have allowed a large amount of direct light into the lens from the right, and this in itself will ruin the shot. Its caused significant colour fringing, those magenta and green lines on the edges of tree. You can get rid of these to some extent in post processing (my mod 1) but best to be aware when shooting and avoid.

Part of the oversaturation can also be how you set white balance, which youve done yourself, and, as Moira mentions, getting exposure right first will help. The bottom here will be less exposed that the sky, so it will appear more "densely" coloured.

Ive uploaded a second mod with the colours, still quite rich, at their maximum value before oversaturating. If oyu look closely when you work with saturation, you can notice a point when the colour "bleeds", especially red and yellow; this is indicated by the point at which, when increasing saturation, the colours start to "glow" and the subjects lose definition.


Merlin_k 11 39 13 United States
30 Jun 2017 6:12PM
While I think that it is over-saturated, I can understand why you have done that because there isn't really a focus of interest. What are you trying to emphasize in the landscape.
It is often recommended not to have the horizon at the half way mark. I actually don't always agree with that but, in this case, I do find it a problem. The result is two very solid blocks of color.
This is a beautiful part of the world and there would be a stronger image here. I think if you had walked to the right and made the reservoir the focus then there would be a lot more impact.

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