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Arran seems.. closer

By col.campbell
I'd like any critique anyone would like to offer, but especially on the editing.

I enlarged the background to bring the hills closer than they are in reality, at the focal length used. I have another shot, zoomed in closer, but that loses some of the foreground and trees.

I did edit > transform on the background, and then found it quite tricky to repair the overlapping/ duplicated/ displaced treetops but I like to think I got there in the end. I did it by copying & pasting sections from the other shot which had a clear view of the parts obstructed in this shot, resizing them and blending them in. Then a final sharpen et voila.

Tags: Snow Trees Hills Digital art Arran Isle of arran

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11 Feb 2019 9:13AM
I think you've done a great job with some very tricky editing... totally convincing, to my eye. Well done.
It's a very nice landscape shot, and there's not much I'd want to change. For me there's a bit too much of that foreground field, and maybe a little too much sky as well.
I'll upload a mod. I've cropped out some field and some sky, brought the brightness down a touch, and added a slight vignette.
See what you think.


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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
11 Feb 2019 9:44AM
I'm entirely with Alan, on all counts.

My first thought was 'panorama' - and Alan's edit is very much what I'd want to do..

So, really, I have no contribution to make beyond 'liking' Alan's critique...
col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 12:08PM
Thank you both. I've cropped it again but a little less than you did, Alan, and I like the vignette. This could be one for the wall, which is why I want all the advice I can get before committing to a big print Smile
11 Feb 2019 12:17PM
Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad we've been of some help.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4126 Canada
11 Feb 2019 12:57PM
Wouldnt know unless we were told, and even then its not apparent.

The wide format with the bottom cropped as Alan has done works well.

Loaded a verion with a little less have.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 1:52PM
Your work has been ell done, but purely on the subjective side I find the whole thing rather insipid with little impact to attract a third party viewer. It has four district horizontal bands, three of which are quite light and grey.

A panoramic crop would help a bit but, and I add again, in my eyes, that would do little to keep me interested.

col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 4:11PM
Thanks Paul. Besides a panoramic crop, what would you suggest that may improve the composition?
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2133 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 5:14PM
This is very attractive, Colin, and I honestly think you did a great job editing this. Of course, that's not easy to judge without seeing the original/s, but if you hadn't said anything about what you did, I'd never have known.

I simply want to make a few tiny suggestions.
Firstly, it's hard to see a strong waterline, but I decided to use the water's edge to straighten, and after I'd done that, it looked better to me.
Secondly, I wanted to place that line on a thirds line, which I achieved by cropping a bit off the bottom, and allowing one of the diagonal lines on the field to fall into that bottom left corner.

Definitely one for the wall.

col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 5:46PM
Thanks Pamela, I'll have a play with that before committing to printing (it's looking like a strong contender for the living room wall; we've only been looking for something for 3 1/2 years now!)

If it would serve any purpose, even just illustrative if anyone's interested, I'd be happy to make the originals available for download.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
11 Feb 2019 5:56PM
Can I suggest a strategy before you get a big print?

Do a large print, and put it on an easel in a prominent place for a week or three. You'll eventually see what you need to do - which may be nothing more - for hte final wall print.
col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2019 6:26PM
Good thinking Dudler, thanks. Once we've found a printer and had it printed we'd take it to a framer we've used before, so that would just mean waiting a couple of weeks before spending more having it framed, potentially to regret being too hasty.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
11 Feb 2019 6:55PM
I have been delighted with a couple of small easels I got from a firm on eBay for under a tenner each. I've now got A3 prints in card mats but no frames sitting in the kitchen and front room - I plan to rotate images, and it's giving me a very clear view of what I want to do better next time with the prints.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 664 England
11 Feb 2019 11:02PM
Very good work Colin I can't see the join either!
Excellent suggestion from John about having the image on view to see how you get on with it.

I've done a panoramic mod too - there are mumerous crops that would ba alternatives, most of which involve removing some foreground as it's not adding a huge amount of interest in its entirety.
I've warmed the whole image and intensified the sky as your original was very cold with a cyan cast, If that's what you intended than fine, but as you want it on the wall yu need to be sure it's something you can look at comfortably for a long time.
col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2019 11:16PM
Dark Lord thanks for your suggestions too. I've settled on a 2:1 crop which was a compromise between SWMBO and I; I wanted to keep a little bit more foreground than her because I like the lines, even though they're not the point.

But definitely yes, the colour temperature. To be honest the tone in the first place was just how it happened; acceptable but not really thought-out. Much better warmed up a little - thanks.

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