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Morning Walk

By sze4j
I need help with this image.

Personally, I do like the was shot in yet another rather misty morning in Holland, and i like the contrast of the rather rural-looking foreground against the urban pylons at the background.

But, am totally unsure about the tones...seems rather "weak" to me, no matter how much i tried to fiddle with the levels? Appreciate if anyone could have a go at it and teach me to improve on it.

Thanks! =)

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: itinerario, ljesmith, eskimo and 14 more

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ljesmith 18 1.1k United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 2:47AM
It is a good shot, try selecting the ground then increasing the brightness and contrast, then inverse the selection so that the sky and lighter areas are selected and decrease the brightness and increase the contrast, this should make the image much more punchy.
Hope this helps.
croberts 18 2.2k 8 Ireland
7 Apr 2005 2:52AM
the low contrast actually looks really 'Dutch' to me? I like it. Certainly looks like morning time.

jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
7 Apr 2005 3:04AM
Owh, Nearly posted the almost same picture, Sze. But afcourse in colour.
I like yours aswell. Good work on it.!
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 3:08AM
Thanks Luke, for the tip! I will certainly try and up and then post it under "modification".

Chris - Thanks for the comments! It is true...for the few days that i was in Holland, it just seemed so misty and as a result, my images came out all with low contrast... =)

Thanks Phil, for the click too! =)

Jan - Maybe you should post your version tomorrow! =)
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 3:23AM
Thanks Luke for having a go at the modification! Yes, you've certainly succeeded in increasing the contrast well! I may not have up the levels as much so as to retain a bit of the misty effect.

Thanks once again, really appreciate you taking the time to show me the way! =)
mattmatic 18 598
7 Apr 2005 3:37AM
Sze - I've had a hack at the image. Hope you can follow the multiply layer option... this is one thing I intend to put in a tutorial when I get half a chance!!
Nice image, by the way!
Matt :click:
User_Removed 18 386 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 4:09AM
Great shot, excellent depth and composition.

sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 4:25AM
Thanks Matt! I do like what you've done, especially your simple tips on how to improve on the contrast, except for the hue (i prefer the more subtle sepia hue that i chose!). LOL! Thanks once again, Matt...the tutorial is really useful!

Thanks Lucien!
old timer 18 55 1 Scotland
7 Apr 2005 5:13AM
Lovely shot, Sze. I've had a go at getting rid of the power lines.
Hazard 19 1.2k United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 7:53AM
I can see this hanging on the wall in my living room.
Or maybe I've drunk to much Stella LOL
Great shot with a real warmth to it
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 8:00AM
Thanks Jim for having a go at getting rid of the power lines! Never thought of removing them myself! lol!

Shane - Thanks! Thats such a nice thought (about hanging on your wall), even if it is after the Stella! LOL!
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
7 Apr 2005 8:22AM
I like the composition too. Yes, you could put warmth into it, but this fits that subdued winter look well. I like that long look down the path.
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 10:02AM
Thanks Patrick.... yep, after staring at it for sometime, i do like the subdued winter look that it exudes... =)
davidbailie 19 457 7 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 12:23PM
Jim's cloning summarises my feelings - I really like the basic comp - but oh powerlines !! Smile

helendixon 18 30 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2005 12:55PM
I like the winter feeling of this so I wouldn't want to change that but the power lines have to go, I also think if you had taken the shot so that the trees are a little more to the left it would help heaps with the composition as I find the left side a bit empty. I just had a little look in photoshop and added another tree but I haven't uploaded it as it totally changes your shot. It just gave me the idea to fill the blank space. I still like the shot though and at the end of the day it precious memories that count.

Aurora 18 3 England
7 Apr 2005 2:13PM
I quite like the image as it is Sze, but I do find the power lines distracting.
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
7 Apr 2005 2:48PM
Thanks Dave, Helen, and Barbara!
Appreciate all your comments, and i just realised how much pple don't like power lines! =)

Helen - Thanks so much. Its true. At the end of the day, it is indeed precious memories that count...cheers!! =)
mattmatic 18 598
7 Apr 2005 10:49PM
Sze - sorry to drop this on your photo, but I've just done the "Lab Mode Black and White Conversion", along with an action or two. Let me know what you think!

(Shows how to do the multiply blend-if layer.)
7 Apr 2005 11:57PM
Gorgeous shot, Sze! I see you've got quite a bit of advice, will use myself...Thanx!
Luv the colouring you've created as well!
Click...Suzan Smile
sze4j 18 56 Singapore
8 Apr 2005 1:34AM
Thanks Suzan!! Yes, they are most useful advice, aren't they?? =)

Thanks Matt! Will definitely check it out and feedback to u! =)
itinerario 19 42 Netherlands
23 May 2005 5:48AM
Lovely atmosphere in this image. Even the powerlines have become graceful.

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