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Minimally processed Natural Landscape

This thread represents a limited and narrow niche for pictures of natural landscapes that have been produced with minimal and relatively unnoticable postprocessing.

The general thread for all sorts of scenic and landscape pictures is located here:

Scenics and 'Scapes - PentaxForums.com

The idea of this thread is to reveal a truthful depiction of the natural world which can evoke feelings of reverence for nature, excluding documentary snapshots and "artfully" processed images that may well show the skill of the artist, but which do not represent the way the world actually presents itself.

Please submit a single landscape image that accurately reflects the scene as experienced at time of exposure subject to the following conditions:

Maintain the integrity of the original subject as perceived at the time of the exposure. The viewer should be able to appreciate the subject of the image, without thinking about the image as an image or the techniques used to produce it. The effects of postprocessing must not distract from the subject matter.

Don't add or remove elements other than to amend the condition of the image (it's ok to crop, stitch, remove dust spots and so forth).

Don't distort existing elements. However, correction of lens distortion and perspective may be used subject to the original premise of truthful representation.

Don't combine multiple images taken at different focal lengths or times. Focus-stacking and exposure bracketing for enhanced dynamic range are allowed.

Incidental manifestations and artifacts of human habitation, appearances of wildlife or domestic animals, etc., that are merely incidental to the otherwise natural subject matter, are allowed.

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Wondering if you saw this recent photo contest (closed now) Rules on Adjustments Natural Landscape Photography Awards
Similar topic and rules, great panel of judges in my opinion.

A recent image, btw I don't think I've ever learned enough digital manipulation to break those rules


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QuoteOriginally posted by aaacb Quote
Wondering if you saw this recent photo contest (closed now) Rules on Adjustments Natural Landscape Photography Awards
Similar topic and rules, great panel of judges in my opinion.

A recent image, btw I don't this I've ever learned enough digital manipulation to break those rules


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I really like this image. It engages me. Thank you for seeing it as worth shooting and then sharing it here.

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Wondering if you saw this recent photo contest (closed now) Rules on Adjustments Natural Landscape Photography Awards
Similar topic and rules, great panel of judges in my opinion.

A recent image, btw I don't think I've ever learned enough digital manipulation to break those rules


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I did see that, and it was partly the inspiration of the thread; I probably swiped some of their ideas in the first post. They plan to announce winning entries on November 1, and I can't wait to see the pictures.

That's a great picture by the way, I love the distribution of colors.
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This was shot last Friday. It's full image uncropped with no processing adjustments. The jpeg was created from the raw file in post however. K-3 + DA 17-70.

It's not a particularly sharp image, and some post processing adjustments might create something more interesting, but for this thread, I think it works well just the same.

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This was shot last Friday. It's full image uncropped with no processing adjustments. The jpeg was created from the raw file in post however. K-3 + DA 17-70.

It's not a particularly sharp image, and some post processing adjustments might create something more interesting, but for this thread, I think it works well just the same.
Since I can't really zoom in to see pixels, I wouldn't have known it wasn't sharp if you hadn't said so. It's a beautiful picture - looks like you're a few weeks ahead of us here in the humid subtropical latitudes.

I wonder if you happen to go there again, whether you might experiment with a couple of things (or perhaps you have already and rejected the alternatives); one would be to raise the level of the camera, which would eliminate some of your foreground, but which might provide better definition of the edges of the leaf-covered track - I'm thinking it might channel the viewer's perception more directly to the little opening there in the center and making it look more inviting - it looks like a sort of magical doorway, and I'm thinking to emphasize it more, particularly since it's got to be smack-dab in the center (framed as it is by the forest on either side). The second thing is that it looks like you're capturing the track as well as you can, as well as the magical doorway, but I'm thinking I'd try giving up on that idea and move somewhat to the left to get a more head-on shot of the doorway gap.

Some time ago, I came up with a phrase that I liked to describe what sells on the drugstore's bookshelf: I call it the "single thought theory". The theory holds that the average person (including above-average persons) really can only handle one thought or subject at a time, so the paperbacks that sell best are those that contain exactly one idea. Similarly, there are Youtube personalities who say you should have exactly one subject in your photograph. I've kind of violated that "rule", myself in the initial post, since the rocks on the left and the trees on the right could be thought of as separate subjects.

What I'm thinking you could try is to give up on making the track itself so prominent and emphasize the magical doorway gap more, so as to have a more definite subject that people can relate to. It's a terrific picture as it is, I'm just thinking of some experimentation you could try with the same scene if you get a chance. Though I'm thinking you might be able to achieve the same effect that I'm suggesting by cropping a bit.

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Since I can't really zoom in to see pixels, I wouldn't have known it wasn't sharp if you hadn't said so. It's a beautiful picture - looks like you're a few weeks ahead of us here in the humid subtropical latitudes.

I wonder if you happen to go there again, whether you might experiment with a couple of things (or perhaps you have already and rejected the alternatives); one would be to raise the level of the camera, which would eliminate some of your foreground, but which might provide better definition of the edges of the leaf-covered track - I'm thinking it might channel the viewer's perception more directly to the little opening there in the center and making it look more inviting - it looks like a sort of magical doorway, and I'm thinking to emphasize it more, particularly since it's got to be smack-dab in the center (framed as it is by the forest on either side). The second thing is that it looks like you're capturing the track as well as you can, as well as the magical doorway, but I'm thinking I'd try giving up on that idea and move somewhat to the left to get a more head-on shot of the doorway gap.

Some time ago, I came up with a phrase that I liked to describe what sells on the drugstore's bookshelf: I call it the "single thought theory". The theory holds that the average person (including above-average persons) really can only handle one thought or subject at a time, so the paperbacks that sell best are those that contain exactly one idea. Similarly, there are Youtube personalities who say you should have exactly one subject in your photograph. I've kind of violated that "rule", myself in the initial post, since the rocks on the left and the trees on the right could be thought of as separate subjects.

What I'm thinking you could try is to give up on making the track itself so prominent and emphasize the magical doorway gap more, so as to have a more definite subject that people can relate to. It's a terrific picture as it is, I'm just thinking of some experimentation you could try with the same scene if you get a chance. Though I'm thinking you might be able to achieve the same effect that I'm suggesting by cropping a bit.
I've been hiking those trails every second or third day for the last month. (Might as well enjoy the weather while I can. ) I'll have a look to see if there are others from that spot. Mind you, the reason I chose that shot was that it was very recent, plus with the emphasis on the foreground, it was more unique than my usual "looking down the trail" cliché shots. (Sometimes my shots suffer originality. )
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QuoteOriginally posted by aaacb Quote
Wondering if you saw this recent photo contest (closed now) Rules on Adjustments Natural Landscape Photography Awards
Similar topic and rules, great panel of judges in my opinion.

A recent image, btw I don't think I've ever learned enough digital manipulation to break those rules


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I really like this image. It engages me. Thank you for seeing it as worth shooting and then sharing it here.
A good set of rules, but almost anything I could post would follow those rules.
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A good set of rules, but almost anything I could post would follow those rules.
So, do it!
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