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The Pineapple of Dunmore Estate near Airth, Central Scotland
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This is a nice composition Nils with the pineapple dominant in the frame but softened by the spidery branches on either side. Nice subtle sky as well. It looks slightly underexposed though with and you are losing detail in the buildings in front.
I have uploaded a mod for you where I have lifted the exposure slightly with a levels adjustment.
Hello Cathrine and Focus_Man,
Thanks, after reading your comments and looking at your Mods I have to agree a lift the exposure is possible without loosing the soft colour in the evening sky.
Lovely composition with the building perfectly placed and nicely framed with the branches. As already mentioned the foreground is a little under exposed so I have offered a mod to correct this whilst retaining your sky with a layer mask. I finished with a touch of unsharp mask.
I hope you approve and I look forward to your next offering.
Philo - I think you nailed it. The Colour is still in the sky as well as the Building coming up clearer. Well done - I will give my (out the box) image your suggested makeover and see what I can come up with.
I like the way you've placed the 'pineapple' in the gap between the trees, though it's a little tight. Moving a little closer and zooming out, if possible, to keep the same framing would have made the gap relatively larger.
Exposing for the sky has done a good job of keeping the subtle colours there but has left the snow looking very grey. If your image editor has it, the curves tool is the most flexible way to address this. When you start the tool up, it shows a diagonal line. The left part of the line represents the shadows (dark areas), the right part the highlights (bright areas) and the middle part the mid-tones (everything else). To use the tool, click on the line with your mouse and drag it about. Raising a section of the line brightens those parts of the image; lowering it darkens them. You can also click anywhere in your image and a handle will pop up on the part of the line corresponding to the brightness of where you clicked.
So, bring up the curves tool and click somewhere in the snow. That will put a handle somewhere in the middle of the line, which you can drag upwards to brighten the snow. Unfortunately, it will also make the sky (highlights) and building and trees (shadows) too bright. So, drag the left part of the curve down a bit until the buildings look right and do the same on the right to fix up the sky.
If your editor doesn't have curves, highlight-midtone-shadows should to the trick: in this case, boost the midtones and leave the shadows and highlights where they are. (Or maybe boost the shadows a bit to lighten the building, since it is quite dark.)
I've posted a mod with each technique. Curves is more flexible so it's let me keep more detail in the sky.
Hello DRickerby... also a Big thanks for your detailed suggestion. I will give all of them a good try. Thanks again to all of you. Appreciated
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