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cromwell bridge

By quick
nef and photoshop lightened

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dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
25 Oct 2020 9:22PM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery, Paul. Is it five years?

Without more about what you want us to comment on, I can only say that I'd rather see this as all sepia, or pure black-and-white. Graduated colour seems like a distraction...

But please tell us more about what you intended, whether you feel you achieved it, and what you want from us...
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
25 Oct 2020 10:04PM
Whats nef?
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2475 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2020 10:21PM

Quote:Whats nef?

Willie, NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) is Nikon's Raw file format.

I too want to know more about the intentions here. It's an enjoyable view but the processing seems to me to divide the image up rather than creating harmony.
26 Oct 2020 11:57AM
I had a quick look at your PF and saw that you've processed a few other images in this way, adding a coloured grad. Presumably the idea behind that is to add a 'personal touch,' something a little different. Of course there's nothing wrong with that, but I honestly don't think you're onto a winner with that particular creative device. In my opinion it doesn't enhance the image, it just looks odd, and as John has remarked, is a distraction.

I saw in your PF an earlier version of the same image as a pure B&W; it's well composed, well converted to mono, and works far better than the version you've uploaded here.

chase Plus
16 2.3k 598 England
26 Oct 2020 2:48PM
Hi Paul and welcome back.
The graduated filter isn't working for me either I'm sorry to say, your mono versions Alan has commented on, works so much better.
If this had been mine, instead of using the filter, I would have cropped to remove the uninteresting sky and then perhaps converted to mono if that is the way you wanted to go.
It's a nice enough image but, we do need a bit more info from you and the original would be good to see too, just load it as a modification, press the blue button at the bottom of your image and follow the guide.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 598 England
26 Oct 2020 2:59PM
I did a couple of mods but converted to mono before doing anything to remove the coloured gradient.
1. A simple crop.
2. Replaced the plain sky.
quick 16 14 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2020 4:10PM
Hello tnx for your comments the sky was just a white wash so i used tiffen graduated yellow diffused fx
quick 16 14 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2020 4:18PM
I love your mods I don't know what to choose but tnx I'll upload them
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2242 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2020 5:00PM
Hello, Paul, sorry I'm a bit late in commenting.

When I see an image like this, I have to ask, "Why?" and that's the reason we ask for your input, why we like you to give your reasons for this processing.

You have a fine image and I'm sorry to say that I think you have spoiled it. It's not difficult to replace a sky, or even remove it completely, as the modifications have shown. I'm glad you say that you like them.

I suspect that we have all had a bland sky at some time in our photographic history, and I admit to having deleted some like that in the past. Another thing you can do is take two images, one exposed for the land and one exposed for the sky, then amalgamate them afterwards.

It's always worth shooting skies whenever you think they look interesting, then keep a file of skies and use them when you feel another image would benefit from a new one.

26 Oct 2020 5:45PM

Quote:Hello tnx for your comments the sky was just a white wash so i used tiffen graduated yellow diffused fx

Paul, years ago when I first became interested in landscape photography, a photographer friend gave me an invaluable piece of advice...
he said, "If there's no interest in the sky, don't include it."

( or at least include as little as possible Wink )

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