My first landscape photo

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  1. Lycanimanomaly

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    This is my most recent photos and my first landscape photo. Can you give me advice? How can I improve it? What would you have done differently? I used an Olympus D-595 Zoom so the quality isn't superb but I still like this photo.
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    First off way too many parts of this photo are blown out. The composition is a bit to equally wieghted. About a third of the photo is sky and a third is river the other third which is the center lacks much of anything. Choose your subject and frame it accordingly, I would think the subject of this photo is the river yet it has blown out parts. If your going to include the sky make sure it is worth while, maybe a sunset or snrise would give it a better feel. The colors are a bit dull as well. try to underexpose it a bit you may get better results.
     
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    what do you mean by "blown out"?
     
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    By blown out I mean all color and detail has been lost. The sky and a lot of the river are lacking color and detail. By underexposing it a bit you will be able to get more detail and color in those areas. Im not sure what time of day you were out but try to avoid taking photos during the middle of the day. The light is just not that interesting for landscape photogrphy. sunrise and sunet are the typically the best times to go out shooting.
     
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    thanks for your help.
     
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    I like this landscape.
    It seems like morning.
    I like the fog.
    What's the line accross the sky?
    I lke it just the way it is.
    But it could be nice in other ways too.

    I went and fiddled with it a bit in PS just for practice and fun.
    Hope you don't mind.

    http://mysite.verizon.net/vzerav0w/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/lycanimanomalyslandscape.jpg

    I cropped out the some of the sky where the streak is and tried to get the naturalness of the fogg to show thru. I figured if I could do that I could get the stream to seem more natural too.

    Nice landscape. Especailly for a first one.:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks that looks better. What did you do to get the naturalness of the fog to show thru?

    the line in the sky is a powerline. i forgot to edit it out.

    Thanks again for the compliments. It's good to know that this pic wasn't a total waste.
     
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    I messed with the exposure and colour balance.
    That's why the grass is a little bit greener.
    Glad you liked it.
    It's a great picture.
     
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    Im gona agree with the first person.
    I think this shot has potential, but it is very blown out in places. If its meant to be of fog, i would suggest using a graduated ND filter and underexposing. A graduated ND filter would tone down the sky and under exposing would let the fog show better
     
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    Nothing is a total waste. Being outside in nature is good, learning from your mistakes could make this the most important photo you ever took.

    That said;

    The photo looks cut up in quadrants- the composition could have been better. Are you standing on a bridge? Should have moved to the right and blocked out the powerline with the camera. The less you do with software gives you that much more time to go back out. Wish I was there. I like fog. Don't get any around here.
     
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    If you can, try a polarizer for the river (it can help remove the glare reflection) and, if you can, a graduated ND filter for the sky.
     

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