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New Forest Dawn - reworked

By Scutter
I took this in November 2009. I finally got round to prepare it for a large print and went back to the original raw file today and started again.

I think it looks better than my first attempt which I will load as a version.

Tags: Sunrise Landscape and travel New forest national park

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martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 6:24PM
Much more impact with this version, though I do rather like the subtlety of the original too. I would suggest trying a crop too, taking off quite a bit of sky and making the horizon central to the image....just a thought. A bit more work needed in PS too as rather a lot of dust spots/marks in the sky Wink

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Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 6:29PM
well spotted Martin! I used the spot remover but they seem to have come back/not gone away! Grr!!
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 8:54AM
Both are good in their own ways, which image to use would have to depend on what or who they aimed at. What is your memory of the scene?
How do you feel it should look.
V1 is unreal and few will find it believable but many will find it attractive. Photographers will start to see aspects of processing that are not quite right.
V2 is a beautiful peaceful scene. in it's own right without the enhancements, it portrays feeling and atmosphere, I personally put V2 way ahead.
Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 9:03AM
Thanks Ian, V2 was the version that won me a prize in a photo competition in 2009 so I have a great fondness for it! V1 is for hanging in a room where it need to be a bit more "in-your-face". Well that was my thought anyway!SmileTongueTongue
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 10:05AM
A peaceful vista, well presented.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
5 Nov 2012 4:11PM
Much prefer V2, but I can see why you want to juice it up a little. I would say that somewhere between the two might be best, and using V2, Ive uploaded a mod with a little more contrast, vibrance, and sharpness.

BTW, neither images have a colour profile attached (should be sRGB) so both could appear not as intended on non colour managed browsers. A combination of a non colour managed browser, with a wide gamut monitor will make V1 look extra colourful, and slightly red.


Scutter Plus
10 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 4:40PM
Willie, thank you. I have ended up where you have i.e. somewhere in between. Not sure why the colour profile has disappeared. I use CS5 to resize for web and it usually attaches the sRGB profile correctly. I will investigate thanks Smile
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 5:40PM
V2 for me !!.....lovely shot , with a gorgeous aura of subtle colours & atmosphere !!!!
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 10:29PM
An HDR that actually works! Thus showing great skill. Both fine images and v2 is obviously more natural, but v1 has the impact. Which do I prefer.......



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