"A Conversation Between Land and Sky"

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  1. bishopsmead

    bishopsmead TPF Noob!

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    A slightly elaborate title...

    I'm having trouble with this shot, I really want to make it work, but either the land is too dark, or the sky becomes too pale. Whenever I get clever and try to selectively darken/lighten, the horizon becomes obviously fake...

    Anyway, you may feel it is about as good as it can get... I have used curves to get as far as I can...

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  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My feeling is: crop the sky immediately above the cloud and already you win some.
     
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    I agree wit with the crop, also, have you tried to saturate a bit? That might help. But it is still a good pic if you don't do anything. :)
     
  5. chroix

    chroix In Latin it's "spikius conius thingonius"

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    Neutral density filter would help you with your problem. you might want to shoot at dawn or dusk, at least check out other times of the day and lighting conditions. the direct overhead light does bad things to forms and shadows. probably be nice at sunset...
     
  6. bishopsmead

    bishopsmead TPF Noob!

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    trouble is of course:

    the location is a long way away
    the composition is all about that cloud

    So really, this is all I have to go on...

    I absolutely take on board grads will help with similar shots in the future.

    Thanks for your input!
     
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    Maybe adjusting the hue/saturation of just blues and greens... Looks like the Shire!!
     
  8. Verbal

    Verbal $100

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    Is this what you're looking for?

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  9. bishopsmead

    bishopsmead TPF Noob!

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    yes definately, although I wanted to avoid the band of lightness at the horizon... I suspect a grad filter would have had a similar effect! Looks a lot better though.
     
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    mcblum TPF Noob!

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    Stray from boring! This shot can be color enhanced, but why not make it a bit dramatic. What do you think of these?

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  11. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I dunno... I like your original post. The fence line leading us up to the cloud is a nice element. Rather than a crop, have you tried adding to the top, extending the sky upward with a bit of vignetting.

    I do like the title!

    -Pete Christie
     
  12. bishopsmead

    bishopsmead TPF Noob!

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    This one has gone well - a fairly complex curves adjustment and some selective darkening of the sky.

    Pretty happy with this version...
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    Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions!
     

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