The Road to the Abandoned Vineyard

Discussion in 'Landscape & Cityscape' started by rufus5150, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'm not terribly experienced where landscapes go, but on my photo outing this morning, I stopped to take a few pictures of this. I pass by this place every day and I just kept thinking there might be an image here. I'm not sure how successful I was, though I'm reasonably pleased with the results. I'd hoped for better weather, but alas... submitted for your C&C.

    The Road to the Abandoned Vineyard

    [​IMG]
     
  2. BoblyBill

    BoblyBill TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,860
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    in the eye of a tornado
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Great job in controlling the exposure so that you have both the ground and clouds are exposed well, but did you use a Gradual ND filter or did you use a levels layer to bring down the exposure of the clouds? I say that because I can see the gradual blending done to the sky. I know this is really picky, and I'm sorry. When I blend the sky into the photo, its seems much easier to blend it in the trees. It does a great job of hiding the blend.
     
  3. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Actually this is two bracketed shots composited with the sky being blended. It's actually blended on the trees but I could have been off a little bit (the gradient was very very narrow, though).

    This was taken shortly after/during sunrise (and looking the ExiF my clock on my camera is wrong!) so it was actually quite a bit brighter on the horizon.
     
  4. BoblyBill

    BoblyBill TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,860
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    in the eye of a tornado
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Gotcha... I still really like this shot. I like how your eyes follow the road up to the trees.
     
  5. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I think I should have "straightened the horizon". It's on a hill and I was using a level, but now that I look at it again, it looks tilted. Hrm. I'm also thinking perhaps I should have taken a 3rd exposure and blended it in as the trees/house. Might as well have done an HDR at that point... :)
     
  6. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    *tinker tinker edit tinker*

    Straightening it didn't work but I'm happier with this version:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. jv17

    jv17 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2008
    Messages:
    600
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    good job...
     
  8. Seefutlung

    Seefutlung TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    SoCal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I dunno ... doesn't quite work for me ... a little less sky would help ... I keep looking for a strong central focus point at the end of the road ... or some drama somewhere ... I see potential at the site ... but ... ... just not quite there for me ...

    Gary
     
  9. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks for the feedback.

    My goal was to show the abandonment aspect of it. I tried to do that by including everything and specifically not giving it a central subject point. I'm inclined to agree with you that I was not wholly successful executing my idea.

    Thanks again.

    here's a B&W treatment I did with another shot, less sky, and I think it works better and the B&W serves it well. I still think I missed the mark on nailing this image in either color or B&W (and there's some technical limitations with the lens I'm using, so not altogether happy with some of the technical aspects, either, but it is what it is).

    [​IMG]

    Blownout bit top center of the photo bugs me a little, but I printed this at 4x6 and the print was superior to the digital version. I notice that flaw here, not in the print.

    Additional thoughts are, of course, welcome. Thanks!
     
  10. Seefutlung

    Seefutlung TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    SoCal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    1) Sky, in thisw case, does not support abandonment ... so the B&W hits closer tro the mark;

    2) I think more of a pano crop might serve you well showing/inferring a broad expanse of nothingness;

    I think if you shot from the otherside with at least one identifiable element showing abandonment and the long stretch of unused road might work better.

    I like the challenge this place poses for you ... several interesting elements spread across a large scene. You know there is an exceptional image there ... you just have to find it and dig it out.

    Good Luck and Good Shooting,
    Gary
     

Share This Page