I love how healthy the land is - or at least appears to be - where you live. Very green and lush. I just love it. And you have such nice sunsets! Most of the time the sky isn't coloured by them over here. I love this photo...it's sort of like everyday beautiful. Proving that you don't have to travel far or be somewhere on a specific dasy of the year to find a beautiful landscape, or moment.
...its not something i could get excited about, i understand where you're coming from, but i see this type of shot (personally when out shooting)quite often and wouldnt bother to shoot this, for me the village is lost a little too much within the trees to lead you into the image or command your attention...the clipping of the building on the left doesnt help....and i find the overall light a little flat because of the quite substantial cloud cover there was yesterday evening.... i have to say again im surprised you submitted this knowing of your high standards alex, and i dont think its worthy alongside the rest of your gallery.... to me its the kind of shot you would have given me grief for....you know the ones......
I can't agree with Craig. In my opinion exposure is perfect and this kind of photography is not so easy to hold proper lights and avoid too much black ink in shadows. Maybe is not so spectacular image but must be estimated.
i agree with some of what i have read here we all take pictures and the technical stuff is very important but sometime we take them just because we love the scene and cant be bothered with the tech we are doing it as a emotional beauty thing is the best i can say i love this shot its so peaceful when i look at the scene a see life as it unfolds in the little village with the animal out in the pasture etc.. the sun is beautiful and the composition of the elements in the shots are spectacular to me..im just a beginer and a very new beginner and would love some day to understand all the tech of mask and layer is all about im going to go look those things out right now..thanks for your discussion gives me some new stuff to go read up on..in the end ..i love the shot dont move it to scaps..but you know that totally up to you and what you want in your own body of works..cheers..
Alex, I quite like a lot of your work, and I even really like some of it (a quick look at my favourites will show that), but I have to say that this shot is merely "nice". It's the sort of shot I would take, as a tourist to your beautiful district. The way the sun has blownm out is awfully distracting, and there seems to be something odd with the contrast in the trees in the quarter between foreground and middle distance - it looks like flare, but that doesn't seem likely, and I'm wondering if you've been a little careless with your layer mask (I assume you've blended two exposures).
Sorry to be negative in my first comment on your return form self-imposed exile, but in my opinion this one isn't up to your usual high standard (though I do love the village nestled in among the trees and fields, especially in the bottom left corner - the effect is quite splendid).
Hi Craig, no need to apologies for your critique. Although I might contest peoples critique I am always greatful for it. I'm still elarning, just like everyone else.
I have blended 2 exposures here. I think what you are referring to may be the effects of haze, not my layer mask, which is quite simple. I have now cut through the haze with a curves layer to bring a little more contrast into the middle distance.
The sun wasnt blown, but some channels are clipped. Unfortunately that seems to be unavoidable. I do have a particularly dark exposure of the sun here, but it it still a rich yellow. I have now processed the sun to darken and desaturate it.
I have to say that I do not share your sentiment that this is an image a tourist would make. Its a shot they might make, but I think the reason I took this image was because I know the area so well, not because I am a tourist!
Whilst a few people get on my back about dropping standards I cant agree. The notion of not being up to my 'usual high standards' is one that bothers me a little. I dont want hte weight of expectation on this site to prevent me from taking or posting images I personally enjoy.
It may be that I do move this shot to scraps however, I am not really sure how this fits into my body of work!
Thanks again Craig, you brought up a couple of useful points.
Thank you for your gracious acceptance of my crit. I can see the changes you have made, and the haze, that was so distracting to me, is certainly much reduced, making for a much more pleasing and balanced image. I can now look at the whole image and see the things about it that I like.
In terms of my "tourist shot" comment, we'll have to agree to disagree. I'll say no more.
However, I'm pleased that my comments were a bit useful. I understand your desire to put up shots "just because you like them". I do that often, and I'm regularly surprised that they find favour among some dA members. Maybe just something like "I like this one. I hope you do too." in your "Artist's comments" would circumvent all this drama. Just a thought.