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7 5 1 Belgium
19 Jun 2013 10:10PM
top notch work !..

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AndyMurdo 12 36 7 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 11:44PM
Hi Smee, I've only just seen your other effort "Captain's Log" It's a great picture and in a different league to the two previous images that I have reviewed for you. I particularly like the contrast both in terms of colour and textural contrast between the fall and the pool below, that splash of sunshine hitting the water works a treat and the exposure in this part of the picture is bang on, also your presentation is excellent. There is still room for improvement though, the biggest and only major fault is that bit of what looks like a tree stump poking out into the bottom R/H side and to add injury to insult your Highlights blown out on the top edge of it! (Trees seem to be bit of a stumbling block to you at the moment, as a rule of thumb, unless you are making them the focal point keep them in the background! Though they can be used sometimes to frame a view if kept to the periphery) to be honest it's a clumsy distraction in what otherwise would be a truly excellent photograph, remember "That simplicity is the essence of good design". Resist the temptation to include these additional elements, they are not needed. It's also important to remember that any bright spot in an image will draw the eye. The only other thing to comment on and at a minor level, is that I feel that water in the fall could benefit from being slightly lighter, this latter issue could have been resolved at the moment of taking by balancing the exposure with the use of a relevant strength N/D Graduated Filter or later in post-production by adjusting your levels, preferably in your Raw Editor. as a final note: It might help you to have work flow list and checks for setting up your camera before a shoot and get into the routine of using it every time, things to include are: Focus Point, Depth of Field, Exposure, Controlling Dynamic Tone Range, Composition, ISO, White Balance and a final in your list should be a test exposure with review and adjustment if needed etc. One of the advantages of Landscapes, is that they cannot run away from us so slowing down is not the problem found in genre's of photography and another saying: "We are what we do most, therefore excellence is a habit".
Keep up the good work
Andy M
AndyMurdo 12 36 7 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2013 4:33PM
Hi Smee, I‘m sorry that I rambled on last night over the “Captains Log” I am prone to that when tired and you are probably thinking that I’m impossible to please, not so, I was just a little frustrated that an almost special picture just missing the mark by a margin, but don’t worry, I have made the same mistake and many others have too, this thing called composition is such a fickle thing, what works well in one instance etc. So my apologies are offered.
What has occurred since, is that you could try to clone out the offending item in your editor if it has a clone tool,(if you are not familiar with this technique, cloning is sometimes easier than others, so do read up beforehand, and utilise layers so you can scrub and start again if it goes wrong without damaging the original file, when you are happy with it “Save As” with an added suffix on your image file name to preserve the original again) whatever, do not crop as I think this would spoil the overall symmetry.
Good luck
Andy M

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