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Autumn Light in Zion

By KatyJ
This is a combination of two photos. I really liked the light here but there was a tree trunk right across the middle of the picture so I blurred it out with camera movement. Then I took another one and combined the two by setting the layer to multiply then taking out bits which I didn't want. It's probably a bit messy but as I have spent so long on it I thought I'd ask your valued opinions. I thought it lacked a focal point so I hope I will be able to add my alternative for comparison.

Tags: Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
9 Dec 2014 8:59PM
I like where this is going kate.

Perhaps think about losing some of the empty lower area, and stretching the upper area to fill in. Its gives the top more prominence; try a darker cenrtre and lighter outside to focus attention in the middle.

I played around with a mod on this style that Ive uploaded. You have a great starter image to be creative with. It can be a backdrop, for example, for a figure you might want to drop in, - animal, etc.



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dudler Plus
16 973 1534 England
9 Dec 2014 9:53PM
I tend to have trouble with pictures like this - I have a very literal mind.

And it also seems a lot of trouble to me for one picture (I am lightroom lite photographer).

So I am just looking at the result, and rather liking it. I have reservations about how light it is to the left of the centre, and about the double image in the treetrunk to the left of this (I'd prefer one or other part of the image to be more dominant, in a way that neither is - there's a sort of transition from one being more important higher up to the other lower down. Bending my mind...

I like the way that you've closed the bottom of the picture with a darker area, and have fringed this with a selection of leaves. If you decide to crop, I suggest moving them up (if you can produce this sort of magical blend of images, I am sure this is easy for you!)

On a similar note, maybe the top right area could do with darkening - there's a bright bar to the right of the treetrunk, and it cries out (to me, anyway) for similar treatment to the top left area.

I am probably reading all of this wrong: so please don't take any of what I've written too seriously!
KatyJ 10 England
9 Dec 2014 9:53PM
Thanks Willie. I do like your mod. So watch this space. Incidentally re dropping a figure in you probably missed my own mod where I had added a bird but I am none too sure about it.
KatyJ 10 England
9 Dec 2014 10:02PM
Thanks Dudler. All good comments to take note of. You may be right of course about all the trouble for one picture but at least I was enjoying myself while tinkering with it!
dudler Plus
16 973 1534 England
9 Dec 2014 10:16PM
Katy -

That's a personal bias on my part: I find it odd that people will say darkroom work takes so long, but wil lactually then invest hours in one digital manipulation.

And the key is that one enjoys it - either with a tray of developer, or a graphics pad...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2014 9:23AM
The whole point of photography as a hobby is to enjoy yourself. If you like it, that's all that matters. If you are shooting for clients, you must produce what they want. A section like this can give you ideas on both counts.

Mixed feelings for me. Well done and certainley has something. I think, for once, a subject, as such, is not necessary here. I tend to struggle with anything not reasonably technically correct and my own little jury is still out on this one.

Mike43 8 88 21 England
10 Dec 2014 10:12AM
You said it yourself, What your photo needs is a subject matter to keep your eye in the photo (a swan would have been lovely) but photography doesn't do any favors.
If you forget about the missing swan, then apart from a few branches that needs to be cloned out I think its about right, love the feeling that you could almost sink into it, worth all the hard work.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2014 11:19AM
Well, I love it ... I can understand what John (Dudler) and Paul are both saying, but as someone who spends hours in front of a monitor sometimes, trying to perfect (or at least create) magical, mysterious 'things' that transport me to a dreamspace, I have no jury where this image is concerned! Smile

I love the quality of light you've got, the fact that the bird (yes, I did see it) is there, but not so as you'd notice it at first. I love the mysterious 'otherness' quality of the whole scene, and don't feel that it actually needs anything else. You could add a couple more softly blurred leaves in the water, but it's not a need for me; more of a want thing.

I did a mod where I tried inserting a crow, believe it or not ... and it didn't work. Not because it didn't look right, but because it actually took something away from this magical little space that you've created, and I didn't want to do that.

So all I did in my mod was to rotate a little clockwise, darken the tones down a fraction to just give it a touch more solidity, and ... oh, okay, I admit it ... I kind of added a very soft, subtle light ray coming down from the top left corner Grin

Not necessarily because the image really needed it at all, but just to see what that extra element added to the feeling. I think it gives a reason for the lighter centre of the image, and I did use a layer mask to remove the light beam where it crossed the wider tree trunk ... does it work? Don't know - I'll let you be the judge of that one.

I don't find your result of hours of fiddling messy at all ... I find it wonderfully appealing instead Smile


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