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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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SylverEyes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Colors and contrast like this are my favorite--I think you're doing a great job with it.
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GaryTaffinder Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Tones, saturation & contrast look good. Nice scene ;)
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Anatamashii Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
The progression of the color from blue to green to red is interesting. I like the composition showing the valley and hills on either side, it might have been more interesting if the composition focused on one of the two hills at 2/3 position instead.
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Fullness Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Colours seems well respected, nothing is too dark or too white (nothing is burn), and it's not overly contrasted, so it's ok. But to me, the subject would be way more highlighted with a sunrise/sunfall, or with rain, or stormy weather. Too common to be outstanding to me :)
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ancoben Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Nice shot and I like the way the valley is in sunlight.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Anne
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Apolic Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010   Photographer
I'm not to sure about it but it seems to me the green parts are to green in the midtones/shadows a bit like putting a color balance layer over it. The sky and foreground seem right to me:)
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ridstar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I love it! It totally draws you in.. stunning :)
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godislove Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist
beautiful
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kurtywompus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love the sharpness of the really far landscape. very contrasty. the foreground is not impressive, it could help if there was some movement to it... but cant have everything.

...looks good on the color and mechanics.

print request was a mistake from the laptop touch pad lol.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah thats okay, I ignore those anyway :P

Thanks for the comment :)

Alex
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astulock Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010   Photographer
It must have been even more breathtaking in person. I am reminded of the song "I can see for miles".
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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psyfre Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
FG looks good, maybe a touch more contrast.

Middle grounds is lacking in tonal depth, seems flat and light.

The sky seems a bit washed out, but the clouds look ok.

Hope thats of some help :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have made come slight tweaks :)
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psyfre Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
:)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
I feel like exploring the countryside when I look at this photo, I can smell the grass and that lovely Spring air :)
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serene-topaz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's easy on the eyes and the processing seems very natural, which I love. The only thing that stands out to me is the foreground. Perhaps if it had just a tiny extra bit of contrast? It seems a little flat when compared to the scene above it.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah I have made that slight change and a few others, thanks :)
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Screw the composition,the clarity is spot on and greens are stunning and that`s what makes this one gorgeous scenic :relax:
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Not bad at all, a nice fresh scene with great clarity throughout. Composition isn't doing a great deal for me though, but it will for others.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Phil, agreed on the comp although I wasnt too worried for this one :)
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mareika Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow beautiful shot!
i really need to get out of the city soon. i'm just not made for living in a city although i love london.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, the coutry is where its at, although I like the city too :)
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mareika Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah i like it too but i can't imagine living there permanently
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azia600 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
it's perfect for me, full of intensive green colour and of course the shoot is good too. Could you tell me where it is ? it's look similar to some of polish mountains.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Widecombe, Devon, SW of England :) Thanks

Alex
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azia600 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
thank you too:)
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pestilence Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
1) I like the contrast between the foreground and the background, feels as the seasons are moving into each other!
2) The sky is nice, and not boring! :)
3) Are you using tony Kuypers masks? :P
Nothing feeling unnatural, only a lovely English spring coutryside! :) (damn those fence lines on the lower part, feel so lovely, they tickle my eyes! :D :) ).
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, and no I am not using those masks, it might be something to look into. I will defintiely be trying different processing options. I need to work on the shadows and dealing with contrast
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pestilence Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Tony's masks would be a benefit to you since, you always expose correctly and you can work on the whole tonal range.
I see no problems nor with the shadow (after all its a really sunny day, and the grass is reflective in terms of light) nor on your contrast or highlights, hell even saturation is spot on!
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Annaphotix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I do, of course, like the scene; the sky is beautiful and very real looking, but somehow I feel the landscape itself lacks a certain amount of "punch"? Maybe it was to do with the lighting and atmospherics at the time of shooting, I'm not sure.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
possibly, its a work in progress, I need to work on my 'feel' for this kind of lighting condition
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TobiasRichter Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Looks real for me. The light green in the three fields looks like spring. These parts are relativ small so it's no problem.
Maybe can soften the blue areas on the left a bit.

best regards
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Being that it's spring here in California, I'm shooting a lot of landscape and mostly during the day. In scenes like these I wouldn't think much processing would be needed, color/ contrast wise. Just an increase in sat if needed, adjustments in brightness and what not. The colors here look great, natural. The contrast seems right down the middle. Not to dark in the shadows. The sky is a nice natural blue and not too dark but I wouldn't go any darker. After recent rains the sky always seems a little bluer anyway. This scene and landscape reflects our weather here today 100%.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, you wouldnt think much processing was needed, but looking at the work of the likes of David Noton I know he is using some processing tricks to soften shadows, richen colours and maintain a good level of contrast. Its just working out a formula for me
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
Yeah, there is always a series of adjustments for any picture I suppose. I always try and do everything I can when I take the picture. So I only have minimal things to do when I process. And that's partly because I'm not the most Photoshop savy person on the planet. But I only carry the most basic items. 2 Lenses, Polarizers for them, a couple GD filters, a remote for my shutter and my tripod is always in my trunk/ boot.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
are you assuming that I don't? The issue is the light, its just very contrasty and you can lose colour as a result
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