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Utah by a river

By unk001  
This on of my photos from our four state trip...we were having a break from the first leg of our long drive and while i was just sitting by the river I saw this scene unfold while first one cow and then another came down to the river to have a drink...I liked this shot as it reminded me of several paintings by John Constable...c

Tags: River life Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
24 Oct 2014 8:38PM
I couldn't see the cows at first! Now I do of course. They would probably be smaller again in a Constable, but he would control the Sun.

It might work better with them a little less in shadow, - the Sun wasnt with you here.

The mod has vibrance down a lot from the original, so it may not work for you.



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unk001 5
24 Oct 2014 9:05PM
Your as always right with your mod... It must be the difference in I really thought that is where I was heading Tongue

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2014 2:23AM
I can see why you find this similar to Constable's work, Charles.

The cows weren't immediately visible to me, and so I have done a crop in my modification, placing them on a thirds line, so the viewer's eye is drawn to them more easily. Studies have demonstrated that the human eye goes to those power points first when looking at a framed object like a painting or photograph. So placing your key element like this often works better, but remember it's just a guideline.
You placed your cows in the centre of the frame, and you would think this would make them immediately obvious as your subject, but it isn't always so.

I felt that the bit of sky at the top was unnecessary and its brightness draws the eye away from your subject, so I have cropped it away and filled in the little bit that was still showing through the trees.

I lifted the shadows to bring more detail out in the tree area, and sharpened to bring sparkle to the water. I did a little desaturation, remembering the Constable connection.

I like the inclusion of the bit of foreground foliage, it adds depth and helps frame the scene.

unk001 5
25 Oct 2014 2:40AM just does not sure why...I like your mod and it makes sense in regards to the constable reference... I did play around with a few crops but decided to let it up to my mentors to show me the way....your loyal student... C. Wink
dudler Plus
16 986 1537 England
25 Oct 2014 10:41PM
Charles - don't chicken out!

I like Pamela's crop, too - the original is rather central in placement of the cows, and Pamela's crop puts them onto the thirds.

I'll upload a mod of absolutely negative pictorial merit, showing the best places to put a subject in the frame (usually, but not invariably! It's an art, not a technology...)
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2014 4:17PM
Haha, I like your red spiders, JohnGrin.
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 100 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2014 3:18PM
There is something incredibly soothing about a scene that contains cattle, so a well observed and captured shot.

The rule of thirds advice is good and I like some of the mods. However, wildlife rarely complies with photography guidelines.
unk001 5
27 Oct 2014 5:15PM
That is so true Lynn... I am also finding the lighting in the southwest here is a challenge in itself...Tongue...

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