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view from islandmagee

By williamsloan
I took this shot mid week it is from the top of the island looking south.whitehead is nestling in the valley ,in the far distance are the mountain's of mourne,approx 50 plus miles away.i should have used the tripod,what do you all think.
thanks for all your comments and help

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Trev_B 9 146 68 England
6 May 2012 1:32PM
Hi Billy, V2 is an improvement and you have brought to horizon closer to the thirds line.

However if you are using photoshop you can enable the grid under the View option and in preferences you can set the Gridline to 33.33 percent. This will overlay a thirds grid on your image.

I have used this on your V1 image and aligned the horizon to the upper thirds line and the apex of the cottage to the right vertical thirds.

V2 is a little to warm for my taste so I have tweaked the levels and colours. To add a little depth to the sky I have added a garden fill from grey to white set between the top of the frame and the green of the foreground, this is useful as it leaves the brighter foreground untouched.

It's a good idea to include the original and worked image as we can see how you are improving.

Trev

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DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 1:56PM
I'm not sure a tripod would have bought you a huge amount. Are you sure that EXIF is correct? If so, the change I'd make to the way this was taken would be to decrease the ISO to 400, giving a more than adequate shutter speed of 1/250s. The reason I ask if the ISO is correct is that I'd expect a lot of noise at ISO-3200 and I don't see any.

The second version is a big improvement as it has much more punch. I think it would be improved further by moving some distance to one side to move one of the farmhouses to the left and one to the right, to avoid the very central composition.

Overall, though, I just don't find the photo very exciting. It's a nice view but that doesn't necessarily translate into a strong photograph: I can't hear the birds singing or smell the flowers or feel the warm sun on my back so you need to work extra-hard to convince me that I'm interested in this place. In fact, you have to work super-hard because it's just as easy for me to look at your photo as it is to look at a photo of somewhere really dramatic like the Grand Canyon.

OK, so how do you compete with that? Of course, really, you can't but, on the other hand, it should be much easier for you to convince me to spend a long weekend in Northern Ireland than to make the treck to Arizona. You also have the "hidden gem" factor in your favour, because most British people don't know the first thing about the landscape of Northern Ireland, beyond maybe the Giant's Causeway. Try to find compositional elements that will lead the viewer through the scene. Something like a road moving from somewhere close to somewhere in the distance can often help a lot. Maybe shooting along the valley, rather than across it. Somewhere for the eye to rest can be useful: put the foreground farmhouse around the intersection of thirds (probably lower-right, as it's facing to the left) and the viewer starts to imagine that they live there and see the view from their own front window. Or maybe a well-placed and nicely lit group of farm animals so we can think, "Lucky them, getting to see this view all day." What's the tower on the horizon on the far right? Would you get a good photograph of the tower, with the landscape as a background?

Nice light throughout the shot would obviously help, too, but if we got to pick the weather, life would be much better. Wink

Dave.
puertouk 4 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 3:14PM
Wow Billy, you certainly been using your ISO and shutter speed to the full. I would have thought bringing down your ISO to around 200 would have been sufficient with the light you had. You had no movement in the shot, as it's a landscape, so you don't need such high shutter speeds. Around 1/125 is OK with 70mm lens hand-held. I've made a few adjustments in Photoshop camera raw, with highlights, shadows, clarity and a few other tweaks to bring the clouds out a little more and also cropped it from the left. Hope you like it.
Stephen
banehawi Plus
11 1.4k 3422 Canada
6 May 2012 6:52PM
Hi Billy.


I dont believe any of the exif data, so check it and let us know if its right or not.


the shot itself is a pleasant rural scene. Its a shot in two parts, the land, and the sky. In these situations, landscape photographers use ND Grad filters to reduce the brightness of the sky to obtain a uniform exposure, so they can get the shot done in one exposure. Ideally you needed at least two shots, one metered for the land, and one metered for the sky, then both combined in Photoshop to get a good overall exposure. Its best to use a tripod for this so both exposures are shot from exactly the same position.


You have placed the horizon in the middle, - remember the rule of thirds, - get the horizon a third the was down from the top in this case.


Ive loaded a mod where I have looked at the image as two seperate shots, and adjusted for the sky and land separately on a layer, using masks.



Hope this helps,



regards



Willie

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