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By Hilmar
Any advice regarding composition etc. would be appreciated. I was attempting to place the tree on a third whilst also including the sheep as a point of interest and the grass as foreground.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Davesumner 15 28 300 Australia
10 Sep 2012 9:04AM
Hi Hilda,

I'm about to leave work so this is just a quick comment. It is a nice enough shot but lacks a few things composition wise. Firstly the tree is nicely on the thirds but it is too far away to be of interest as a foreground subject. My advice for a shot like this is to have foreground, middleground and background interest. The background is covered easily by the hills, the middle ground by the sheep but the tree needs to be nearer the camera. Or you could have had the sheep in the foreground and the tree as middle ground. but the ideal thing is to have the foreground subject lead you into the the rest of the image, something like a wall or a fence or a path.

Hope this helps

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2012 4:48PM
On all three are a bit dark and heavy I'm afraid. May be possible to brighten things up a bit in software, but the scenic content is not going to give a terribly impressive result. You nedd a subject, the tree here, but a rather more interesting tree, then some dramatic lighting to lift the image.

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
10 Sep 2012 10:23PM
Hi Hilda,

Nice reminders of Wicklow for me.

You have a stated objective, and its almost there. The tree proper is not on a third, part of it is, so to get what you want, you need more space to the left of the tree, and to maintain a printable aspect ratio, this also means more sky.

This involved some digital modification in Photoshop for me. but at the time of shooting, you needed perhaps to move the camera a little to the left to bring the tree in. This would involve losing some sheep though.

Ive used V1 for a mod. You can see that the top right cloud is over exposed, which Ive toned down a little. I used Photoshop CS to add the left and top space, and increased vibrance a little, but youve done a decent job.

At 1/10th second I have to hope you use a tripod or other support, - or your day job is a brain surgeon, as its too slow for the focal length, - 1/30 at least to ensure no camera shake if hand held.

The comments above all help to make the overall composition have more impact, - one that "pops", - but those are the ones that come to you when youre least prepared, in my experience!


Hilmar 10 Ireland
11 Sep 2012 11:28AM
Thanks everyone for your comments and advice and yes I did use a tripod getting used to carrying one with me all the time now.

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