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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby david m » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:30 pm

The moon dominates the scene.
I think it looks a lot better without it or the reflection.
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:28 pm

Interesting to see all the interpretations. I personally think the shot would be better without the moon, it is looking very placed and the reflections are not too convincing.

Here is my two pence worth.

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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:00 pm

No, Just copied the first image in this thread and another image further down and blended the two together. I added a mask to show through the water from one shot but still keep the colour from another. A couple of tweaks with Levels, an overlay Photo filter to put a bit of cool blue in the water and a cup of tea to round off the image.
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Costas L » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:19 am

Colin wrote: ...... This post on photo critique has not proved to be very popular as there has been no replies except one. So I am posting another picture to give the subject one more chance.

This is a colour version of my previous B&W submission, Comments welcome please.
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Hi Colin - sorry been away, so have not had much time lately.

I find the B&W renditions I see, often tend to lack that bit of magic that warrants the conversion. When I have asked some people why a B&W rendition, it often comes down down to; couldn't get the colour balance right or needed too much retouching in colour - although I am sure that does not apply here.

With respect to the B&W image, I think it might look better with more foreground and less sky - this would move the moon away from the top 1/3rd line giving more emphasis to the other elements of the composition - also agree with bez - the size of the moon is a little too big (but not as small as bez did it).

I think the colour image would be a better picture than the B&W were it made the same brightness for the cliffs and water and cropped as above. The colour is anyway quite monochromatic and I would also explore a hint of blue wash in the highlighted water.

Thanks for posting - its a good picture; and as always the question is what can I do to make it better.
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:24 am

Costas,

I have placed this picture on the Photography Masterclass (found on photo-i home page) It would be great if you could also copy and paste your text as a comment.

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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Costas L » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:49 am

Done :mrgreen:
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:04 am

Thank you Costas, at least it gets the ball rolling
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:17 pm

Colin,

It was Costas text which I was asking to be copied, he has done this and your photo is featured in the Photography Master Class section. I will have another go at the image and make some constructive comments, Just need to complete some other work first.
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Costas L » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:30 pm

Colin wrote: Vincent, not sure what text you mean, feel free to do this your self if it is more convenient.
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message was for me Colin - I have now updated the front page "masterclass" entry
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Costas L » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:44 pm

Colin wrote: ... I am now going to insert the original picture in colour and B&W.
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The colour image looks quite muddy and lacks the vibrance of the B&W. I copied the colour image and pasted it into a ProphotoRBG colour space. This gave a much more vibrant image. In Lightroom, levelled the horizon and a gradient filter to darken the foreground, then a second gradient to tame the sky, a dash of clarity and a touch of medium contrast in the tone curve gives
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I think getting the brightness just right on this is tricky - something I have not managed, but then would need a lot more than the 15 minutes I just spent. I think I would also tone down the colour of the boat with a brush

Its an image with a lot of potential Colin
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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby Vincent » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:03 pm

Nice one Costas,

Call me old fashioned or something, I guess I have a romantic streak in me but I quite like this effect - created with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

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Re: Another Photo Critique.

Postby michael9 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:24 pm

I like the first one, BW and the atmosphere, if you would just edit the reflection on the water to be a bit more realistic = make it darker...
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