Death Valley photos...but also, a little help please...

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  1. AfroKen

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    For New Year's, my girlfriend and I went to that oh-so-traditional of spots, Death Valley. Here's some photos and text:

    Eleven Shadows Travels: Death Valley 2009-2010

    But also, I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on these two photos:

    -Which one do you like better and why?
    -And do the hills in the middle of Photo Two look odd to you?

    I'm a bit colorblind, a bit of a curse when trying to nail colors, and so when the bluish tinge of the hills in the back conflicted with the warm sand and the fiery-red sky, I tried to change it so it'd mesh better, taking some Photoshop liberties, which I don't do so much. Anyway, lemme know what you think. Thanks!!!!

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    I can't give you much C&C because Im pretty new to photography, but just as a viewer I love the colors in the first picture. It stuck out to me right away. :)
     
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    Hey thanks! Hey, I'm pretty new too, I'm hardly an expert, and that's why I largely hang out in the Beginner's Forum. But you know, your opinion's valid just like any other appreciator of art. As we learn, our opinions will (hopefully :D ) get more sophisticated.

    Anyway, totally appreciate the feedback.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The first one is really noisy.
    I rather like the acid colors and contrasts in it though.
    Composed well.
    :thumbup:

    #2 I think the middle hill may bother you because it seems to be advancing on the lower foreground hill.

    I am undecided :)thumbup:/:thumbdown:)
     
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    Yeah, the first one is really noisy.......it was *really* dark, I was doing handheld sop I had to kick up the ISO to 800, and the D50 doesn't do so well in dark, so I definitely got some noise on it, especially in the sand, where the grains of sand exacerbate the noise.

    I also like the composition, but....ehhhh, ain't perfect.

    The other one, I loved the composition, particularly when I was shooting it, but the colors and stuff....just don't know. I think I'm gonna start from scratch and not monkey around with the second one as much, and see where it goes. And if all else fails, I'll go B&W!! :D I seriously suck at Photoshop.

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback! Greatly appreciated!!!!!!
     
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    P.S. I just posted slightly larger photos, in case you've already seen this. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your screen! :D
     
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    I like the second photo because of the way it has three main segments, each comprising about one-thirds of the frame, contrasted against the small,spindly trees. The second photo is decidedly different than normal, while the first shot is a relatively normal type of composition.
     
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    P.S. I just re-posted slightly larger photos, in case you've already seen this. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your screen! :D
     
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    Hum, you should run it through topaz denoise, I can't ATM due to being on iPhone but will do if I remember it
    Great picture though
     
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    Thanks! Can I have you do a larger version? This version is just for the website. I can probably post it later tonight. Got a recording session in an hour. Thanks again for your very kind offer!!! And if you can't do it, that's fine, I just didn't want you to go through the trouble for that photo when it's the larger one that would really help.
     
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    sooooo red, please tell me you didnt edit it that way cause no offense if you did it looks like crap, also the first one is really really noisy but a decent shot, nice colors, although you might want to take down the red saturation a bit
     

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