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River Dane

By dan45  
Went wherever the road took me on Sunday, and ended up in a small village called Wincle, not too far from Macclesfield. Saw a dipper in this river, which was what drew my attention. Didnt get the bird, but it was a very nice river Grin
Wanted to get some movement in the water, as a beginner's effort, and I feel i struggle with composition. Comments and advice welcome Smile
Thanks for lookin' Smile

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel



malc_c 16 2 167 England
18 Jun 2009 12:50AM
Hi Dan.

I see your issue here, you have a good overall composition, but it lacks a wow factor. In this case there simply isn't a point of focus that we can settle on. The foreground detail is there, the mid-field is nicely done with the river but the backdrop we arrive at as we explore through the picture is basically just lots and lots of leaves. Think of it as being a bit like a great joke without a decent punch line.

Having said that, looking at your overall composition, I actually don't think you in any way lack the ability to produce a really great image, but with landscapes you basically have to wait for the image to come to you rather than you go out to snap it. What you can do is learn to recognise the conditions and the locations that will, at some point, yield that image to you. And when it does, you will know the moment you press the shutter button, that you have it.

From a technical perspective I would like to see more use of the full range of tones in the image, and to illustrate that I have posted a mod. Mostly I have just applied a curves adjustment to darken the shadows and lighten the highlights. In addition I used the burn tool to bring out the textures in the foreground rocks and darken the top of the image to stop the viewers attention wandering out of the top of the frame. Finally I have tried to control a number of very bright highlights where the sun is shining through, but which relentlessly draw the viewers eye.

I hope you find my comments helpful

dan45 14 42 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2009 10:14AM

Quote:Hi Dan.........


Cheers, Malcolm. I agree totally, and the mod looks great Smile

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