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05-20-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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I caught this during a winter sunset in Portland. I wish the tree wasn't in the shot, but other than picking the angle better is there anything I could improve in this photo? Any cropping suggestions?

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05-20-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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Nice reflection in the window! The tree doesn't bother me, but should be easy to remove in an image editor.

You could try to crop a little bit from the top - the sky is perhaps a bit too dominating. Hard to tell until we see a crop, though. Overall, a very nice photo!
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I cropped out the sky a bit as you suggested, my eye tells me it looks different but not sure if it is better?
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Yes, I like it better like this. Now the eye travels out to the horizon and the peak rather than up into the clouds! This photo is worthy of an enlargement and to be put up on the wall!

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That definitely looks better! I'd strengthen the colors a bit and then go print that thing

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It is a beautiful picture.

You might try removing the hand of man by cropping out the building and leaving the tree as is.
Then the dominating sky in your original photo really makse the picture.

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Thanks for the kudo's, this is literally one of the first pictures I took...I wish I could find such subjects more often. That said, I hate to sound like such a newbie but how would I go about strengthening the colors? I am using Lightroom 2 if that helps.
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Lovely photo. Unlike everyone else apparently, the tree bothers me. Among the first things I"d have done is clone it out. Also, like the cropped version better, good balance.

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I agreed that the tree needed to be cloned out and I adjusted the tone. I increased the lights and decreased the darks.
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That last revision you posted is just about perfect!

To strengthen colors, you'd generally want to use the hue/saturation tool and play with saturation. If Lightroom has shadow/highlight, you can also use that, but it's a bit more advanced.

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wow, nice pic. I like the last pic with the tree cloned out as well. Personally, I would prefer a little more cropping, like below:
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