Please critique latest river landscapes

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  1. zulu42

    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm learning my gear. I can usually make the camera do what I want, and get the image to have the look I envisioned.

    I put myself in beautiful locations, and shoot pretty things, so I've taken a lot of pretty pictures.
    The landscape photography I love to view, however, is on another level.

    With top tier landscape photographers, such as @Vieri, it is the photograph that is beautiful, not just the landscape. It is the vision of the artist that makes one take interest. The landscape only has to be a somewhat willing subject.

    I will never be that good. I'm perfectly happy to aspire. And I want to improve.

    Seeking critique, technical and artistic. Critical comments have been so helpful. The ones that have stung the most have spurred the most improvement :)

    A few from dawn on the Cosumnes River. Northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.
    Starting to find myself taking almost the same picture of different rivers.

    Thank you for looking
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    cosumnes (1 of 1)-6.jpg

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    cosumnes (1 of 1)-4.jpg


     
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    Sil TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    very nice... i like 1 and 2..
     
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  3. zulu42

    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thank you Sil :)
     
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    Fujidave They Call me the wanderer Supporting Member

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    Good shots and colourful too, 1 & 3 are my favorites.
     
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    I wish I was good enough to critique or offer help, especially because landscape photography is what I like to look at and attempt to photograph as well. I really like your first three photos, the fourth just doesn't catch my attention the way the first three do.
     
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    I'm digging #3. It's crazy vivid, but it totally works for me.
     
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    I seem to have a personal thing about cutting off of the midground tree ... I would have liked the whole it to be part of the scene.
     
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    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thank you Dave. Appreciate the comment.

    Thank you fishing. I love your landscape shots.

    Thanks my Peeb

    Thank you for the comment. I often struggle with trees when framing the shot. I always dislike cutting them off, but then including the whole tree makes for a very different shot. I agree, though, for sure. Cut trees introduce tension to a tranquil scene. Thank you again.
     
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    Nice landscapes!

    I am also barely qualified to offer suggestions for improvement as I am not much of a landscape photographer, but I can always comment as a viewer and nature lover.

    I love monumental landscapes, wide and taking in lots of space. Looking at your images I find myself wanting to see more and with a wider angle. The partial trees is telling me there is more I would lile to see.

    Another thing I love about some landscapes is how they draw you using devices like perspective, lines and shapes. So that one is gently invited to step into the scene. Images 1 and 2 do it well and I could see am opportunity to add those ideas to 3 and 4, perhaps by changing camera height or position, or perhaps introducing a strong subject in the foreground, like flowers or rocks.

    My last comment is about light amd color. Love your light and color, especially on images 1 and 3. Lovely done.
     
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    zulu42 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thanks so much for the kind and thoughtful comments. I find them valuable. I think the elements of the busy composition are leading eyes out of the frame. Maybe the lack of a solid point of interest to keep you in the composition. Nice of you to take the time :)
     
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    Hello zulu42, very good job here and what a great attitude towards photography! Can I ask you if you own or if you have used any Grad ND filters here? On my monitor, the first three photos all look like the sky is burned, and that to my eye is a bit distracting; using a Grad ND would have helped you with that. About your compositions, I see texxter's point about a wider angle. To me, the point is not that you necessarily have to get more of a scene in (or less); the idea is to be deliberate in your choice, meaning that the viewer should have a clear understanding of what your intentions were. If I may, let me give you a couple of suggestions about image nr. 1, to show you what I mean. I would not have included the reeds in the river (bottom right), they are too few to add anything to the scene, but their presence is evident and slightly distracting. Same goes for that one branch on the top right, the one that is disconnected from everything. As well, I would not have cut off the top of the main tree in the middle of the image, or - if impossible to include - I would have gone even more into the image: a good principle to follow when composing and when you are not sure about an object is "either in or out", meaning: does it add to the image? If yes, have it in. If not, take it out. The center tree in image nr. 1 in my opinion is too much in to be considered out, but not in enough to be considered in - hope that makes sense.

    Sorry about the long message, and I hope you'll take in the spirit I wrote it: just a few general suggestions that you can apply to your work going forward. Best regards,

    Vieri
     
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    Nice set but one and three stand out to me.............
     
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