How is my composition? Sunset over lake photo

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  1. nickb98c

    nickb98c TPF Noob!

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    Spent a week down at the lake.m I caught this beautiful sunset with my camera. Hows my color and composition? Too dark? I used a 30 sec exposure, with an 4.5 f/stop I recall. I did some touch up with adobe elements(noise reduction to sky with soften tool/contrast and saturation edit) What do you think? *I do apologize for the large file size*

    Here is the cropped photo that several suggested I try

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    And here is another favorite from the shoot, that I reversed in adobe. I had several different Ideas on possibly framing them together.
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    Thanks!
     
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    I absolutely love the color and most of the photo but the composition seems to be too heavily weighted on the right.
     
  3. nickb98c

    nickb98c TPF Noob!

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    A crop could fix this, although I do like the amount of black land in the foreground. I think If I removed some it would have the same feel. Thanks! I do have others I will upload.
     
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    The colors are beautiful, but this would work better in landscape orientation. You could balance the dark, clear lines on the right with a longer expanse on the left.
     
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    I agree, landscape orientation could have helped - but I love the colors and silhouette of the tree.
     
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    Nick
    This shot has great color as others have mentioned, and I also like the silhouette of the foreground and trees.

    I think I know what you tried by having this in portrait.
    I would crop some from the top, bottom and left sides of the shot. Not a lot but some. I know you like the foreground, but try it anyway, just "saveas" and you will not destroy the original. If you do, let us see it.
    sometimes cropping has a better affect than you realize.
     
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    I don't know... I think it's just beautiful. I'd take a little off the bottom, just to about where you placed the signature.
     
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    Other than what has been said, great shot! Love the color too!
     
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    Wow, gorgeous color.
     
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    Oh, I love this. :)
     
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    I disagree with what others have been saying about landscape orientation. I think landscape would totally kill what you were trying to accomplish. It looks really good. But I like the last one the best, I think.
     
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    im new to all this ..all i can add is that i like it the way you did it ..re editing it would only take away from the image you wanted when you shot it...keep the faith...you are in it for you........
     
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