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Old shed and mountains original

By Happytommy
This is the original image of one already critiqued.

Tags: Landscape and travel scenery landscapes



mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2019 1:38PM
This really is a lovely image, and much more attractive to my eye than yesterday's upload! NB though - you could have added this as a modification to yesterday's.

Can I suggest that yesterday's is a case of killing an image by over-processing? This has warm, gentle, hazy early evening light, caressing the land, and a sky to match. Make the most of that, I wouldn't want to try to turn this into something else.

I've added a modification - I simply brightened a bit and made a Levels adjustment to give a wee bit more tonal range. Then I cropped using the original aspect ratio, to bring the diagonal into the top right corner and reduce the empty space to the left of the tree on the left. I cheated using Free transform to reduce the amount of foreground grass in the bottom of the frame.

I might look at what Dehaze can do for comparison. But my choice would be to avoid that route.

dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1996 England
4 Aug 2019 1:49PM
I'll second everything Moira's said above.

And I'll add the suggestion of one of the excellent practitioners on this site, in an interview with Amateur Photographer, a few years ago - he said that the light, the composition and hte location were the key elements - in THAT order - in making his shots work.

You have the light, here, and hte location - it's then a matter of finding the composition, and shooting numerous variations, before hte light changes...
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4345 Canada
4 Aug 2019 4:07PM
Thats better.

With some work on exposure, white balance and pulling down black level as done in the mod, it may well suit the replacement of that sky.


pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2281 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2019 4:31PM
Moira says it all.
Her modification retains the the gentle atmsphere of the scene, and the mountains keep the hazy look, which is very attractive.

Simply by cropping some of the grass at the bottom of the frame, the sheds are positioned on a thirds intersection (see Rule Of Thirds), which is a point of power, and the human eye goes to one of the power points first when looking at a framed object like a painting or photograph.
HERE is an article about the ROT in case you'd like to learn more.

Since the sheds are the point of focus, the rest of the image becomes secondary, however beautiful. It isn't therefore necessary to enhance any other areas (like replacing the sky) because this will just take the viewer's eye away from the main subject and confuse things. Keep it simple, it's easier for the viewer.
The trees either side of the shed are a strong feature, but of secondary importance.

This rule (though really a guideline) is one of the simplest ways to instantly improve your composition. But keep in mind that itís just one composition technique that you can use, though it's a good place to start.

You have a fine image here, be gentle with it.

Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
4 Aug 2019 4:33PM
This is a very appealing scene. I tried to bring out the details, light and shadows a bit more. Sometimes it's just a matter of emphasizing the thing about this that caught your eye in the first place.
clicknimagine Plus
13 1.1k 105 India
4 Aug 2019 8:00PM
I had a look at your earlier upload, you asked a question whether you can sell this image or not...

If i say it in a few words, the answer is NO, the owner of those houses may purchase it because of their emotional attachment...

If you try to sell your image, first of all invest in a dedicated landscape lens and at least in some good nd, nd grad and polariser filters as well as a full frame camera, so that you can get the best result out of it...try to learn about the techniques and various possibilities of landscape compositions so that it appeals to the viewers in general...try to use the best possible times of the day like sunrise, sunset or in case of a dull day use big stopper for long exposure possibilities...

But in every case remember, you are capturing somthing which are pleasing to your eyes as well as to the eyes of your potential customers...after taking the best possible image in RAW format use dedicated professional software for lanscape like landscape pro, enlarge your image 100% and see your faults...

If it is flawless, then sell it to a stock image site...
5 Aug 2019 9:55AM
WOW! I am blown away by all of your constructive, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly approaches in helping me to look at my other images with a keener eye. Having had a considerable amount of club photography exposure in my life I have tried to bring out more punch to an image. But I can see now not to overdo any of the adjustments available to one in the various software options. Thank you all so much. I look forward to offering you other pics for critique.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2019 12:12PM
And thank you for your feedback, it always helps if we know that someone out there is reading what we type. Even better if it helps...
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2590 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2019 12:44PM

Quote:You have a fine image here, be gentle with it.

Amen to that!

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