Back Modifications (3)
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By williamsloan
I took this today, I think it could do a little brighter,I will be glad of your advice on this one.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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JohnM6 10 5 1 England
20 Jul 2012 2:52PM
Hi William, the first thing that I see when I look at your image is the frame. When I started on this site I didn't use frames at all, but was told to put a small boarder around to hold the image together. I have done that with most pics I have uploaded since and agreed that this did work well. I think the size of your boarder detracts from the image. Try reducing this by 50% I'm sure you will see a difference. Also, from my watercolour days, I was taught to use a mount, of a complementery colour. Try using the dropper tool to pick up a colour from the image, one of the greys from the roofs would work I think.
For the image itself, I would be tempted to crop out the bottom of the pic around the place the post appears through the grass, creating a postbox type picture. Taking a little off the right hand side somewhere half way to the top of that post from the edge.
These are just my ideas, I hope they help.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3852 Canada
20 Jul 2012 5:51PM
Good feedback from JohnM Billy, The shot itself is not a bad one, and the crop in the mod works.

Ive uploaded a version also with a border change. Heavy black borders remind me of funeral cards.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 6:00PM
The above advice sounds good to me Billy.
Mods do look good, don't you think?
Good to experiment with frames.
We did a [portrait session recently with Camera Club and I added all kinds of
frames but Andy our professional preferred the portraits without fancy frames.
Hard to get it right and what is right?
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
20 Jul 2012 8:43PM

Quote:Hard to get it right and what is right

As with everything else Kate, it's purely subjective.
I'm not a fan of frames and remember that by adding a frame to anything that you upload to here, it will become smaller because of it but a lot of others do like them.
One thing that I read somewhere though; and this goes completely against what John has just said above, is that you should never use a frame that's the same as or a similar colour to the predominant colour in your shot.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 9:24PM
Hello Billy, I have done a mod for you, the photo itself is great all I have done is remove the border totally, I am not a great fan of borders either, as for the rest of the image I have adjusted the exposure slightly as the sky is a bit over exposed (only a bit) and slightly adjusted the colour and contrast and a little sharpen, When you process your images Billy, do you go with what the software suggests or what you believe looks best? Dont always trust the software, go with what you feel looks best or as it should look. Great vista and shot BillyGrin
paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 9:49PM
In my opinon the only frames you should ever use are eithher a thin lack or thin white line. This can serve to hold the shot together, but many frames we see are stronger than the image.

A decentt scene but a bit too much hedge and foregrounnd. Thhe interest is all top left..

Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2012 10:14AM
Your work is certainly improving Billy, but I feel here that the foreground lacks sufficient interest to hold the composition together. Maybe had you gone closer to the buildings but been able to remain on high ground, those buildings could have provided some complementary balance with the lake nicely filling the 2/3 what was left of the frame. Of course it may not have been possible, but there we are. The border has been mentioned and like others, I feel a small one and possibly in black or a dark colour, shows a nice edge without taking over the image, like yours does here: by small I mean hardly visible to the eye.

I don't feel that f22 was optimum for your shot as there are not essential elements with a lot of distance between them which all need to be in focus, so rather than using a shutter speed of 1/30sec, which could be dodgy for hand holding, I would have gone for 1/125sec @f8


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