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Sunny test by Alex37 Sunny test by Alex37
Its a given that some people will like this image becaue of the subject matter. The reason for posting this however is to get opinions on colours/contrast/realism etc. from people that feel they might have a discerning eye. Dont be shy!

This is an old image that I originally discarded, but with new processing techniques (though nothing revolutionary) I think I am at least moving in the right direction
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
This is a great backdrop for the right foreground subject.

The scene is gorgeous. .. the lighting is adequate .. (early morning?) the compositions is good.

The contrast is distracting, at least to me (but I have pretty homogeneous tendencies).
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Depending on what might be set in the front (I am thinking of competition composite or something, and it would have to be low, and only cover the forested area most likely) I would change the color of the foreground ... or shoot at a different time of year for a photo contest.
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I would do a bit of HDR (?) adjust on the sky also I think. (and I will say, I have only been listening to the fellows in the Nikon forum chatting it up .. and am not that good in the Adobe Photo-Processing application .. I have to roll up my sleeves and put the mouse to work on a batch or two!!) But I do know that lighting from one image can be applied to another .. so you might easily brighten and even 'just a little bit" those clouds.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Most of what you describe is not photography in my opinion. This shot was taken when the sun was high around midday.
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Touche. No I am more about editing. It was the cloud shadow which really threw me .. I could not figure how those cloud shadows came down from those clouds in that light.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
I think that this looks like its taken in the harsh brash Australian sun so it looks great to me, but given that its England it may be a tad unrealistic? But then who cares when it looks so good. The processing does not stand out therefore you have done well :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
We do get sun here too! Thanks
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madrush08 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
One thing that I will do to make the clouds pop a little more is to do a layer of black and white and turn up the red and turn down the blue (until you get an Ansel Adams looking landscape in B&W) Then I will set that to multiply and about 20% opacity. Then do a brightness to bring up the exposure. Your sharpening technique generally gets any noise that may be generated. Here is an example using that technique, the clouds were about the same tone as they are in yours...[link]

I find it difficult to keep greens true when shooting in harsher light, but you do a good job in this photo.
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BillyRWebb Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010   Photographer
I think (And i know that i may be off with what i think, but i am going to spill it none the less) That after reading your recent journal and after watching your work for a little while now that you have come to a crossroads of creativity! Until this image your compositions have always been brilliant! I think that your post process has always been a little sensational! I am not saying that derogatorily, as I find it very pleasing. With this image, I don't see the tonemapping that is predominate in your other works! With the Nd filter comments in your journal, I think that you are maybe leaning toward an analog approach to getting the image! I am not stating an opinion of which is better, but concede that any technique that produces a result that nabs the viewers attention is a tool worth developing! I seriously see you developing a hybrid approach using all of weapons from the analog ND's to your brilliant post work! It will be interesting to see where you take this!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Billy. I dont actually use tonemapping, I have never had good results with HDR so I do manual exposure blends with masks instead. I am intending to use the fiters in a hybrid system and try and get the best of both worlds :)
I know the composition on this one isnt the best, thats why I have submitted it almost 2 years after taking it! This really was to guage opinion on my ability to render a realistic image from midday sun. Thanks for the comment, it's very flattering!

Alex
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Neutron2K Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
nice scene mate. Light seems a tad on the harsh side for my liking and it has that blue sky that magazines crave (for some unexplicable reason they always want deep blue skies, no clouds and in the brightest possible part of the day. No clue most of these mag editors lol).

Love the scene tho :)
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
lovely...what time fo year...maybe a little yellow in the greens but that may be down to timeo of year
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