Entering these photos in an art fair; how's my editing?

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  1. nmasters

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    Hello everyone!
    I am part of my high school's photography club, and today the art teacher told us about a county art fair.
    I showed her my latest photography, and she picked these four to consider entering in the fair. She said her favorites are 3 and 4. I want to make sure I can make these photos look their best before I email them to her.
    All of my editing is done in Lightroom. Is there anything you would do different with the editing? Please feel free to edit my photos further. Thanks!
    I realize I have posted some of these before for critique on my composition, hope you guys don't mind me posting them again.

    #1 I hate how the sky looks in this photo. I used the in-camera HDR feature (Nikon D5100). I tried my best to make it look more natural but no luck :x.
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    Dilapidated by nico418, on Flickr


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    Branch Out by nico418, on Flickr

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    Cracks by nico418, on Flickr

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    Reach by nico418, on Flickr


     
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    For #1, you have quite a bit of banding in the sky, and a halo around your house.What did you do to it in LR? What did the original look like?
     
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    #4 i like
     
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    THISFinal by nico418, on Flickr

    Here is the original. I edited first in Aperture a long time ago, and I switched to Lightroom recently so I don't really remember what I did to it in Aperture. In LR I just bumped vibrance, clarity, contrast, and recovery.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    There's your problem. Cameras are for capturing photos, not editing them.
     
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    Yeah, I realize that now. I just haven't invested in any HDR software yet.
     
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    I like this photo, but with the editing, I was say less is more. I would try and eliminate the thick tree branches at the top, and then edit the rest of the photo in 3 parts: the house, the sky, and then everything else (in separate layers). Notice how when you upped the vibrance, you put a blue cast across just about everything? I prefer gray tones in old wood buildings like that, but doing so in a way that preserves the natural look and colors. by this I mean editing it do you leave the roof, highlights, windows, etc alone.

    I also like #3.
     
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    WOOD1 by nico418, on Flickr

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    WOOD2 by nico418, on Flickr

    here is my edit. I think the lighter one is better.
     
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    That lighter one is way better than you first one, but a bit too vibrant for me still. I wonder if you were to lay that over the original and reduce opacity on the layer by 60% what it would look like.
     
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    Unfortunately, I'm not too keen on how to do that. Is that possible in Lightroom? I don't have photoshop yet.

    I just saw your link on layers and PP. Very helpful and interesting!
     

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