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04-18-2021, 05:42 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Trees at Sunrise
Lens: smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Camera: Pentax K20D Photo Location: Ohio ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/180s Aperture: F16 

This is a shot I did for a class project in a photography class I am in now. I really like that I captured the sky this way and I like the silhouetting of the trees, but I am torn as to whether I should consider doing some selective editing below the horizon line. Any critique/input would be appreciated.

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04-18-2021, 05:46 PM   #2
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It’s very nice! Make several copies of the original and try different ideas to see what you like the best?
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Beautiful.
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Great composition, like the repeating pattern of the trees

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The repetition of trees in front and back is really working well. Composition-wise, I’d suggest you get some more of the front tree in the frame. The light in the photo is condensed around the tree in the center, which makes it stand out and gives a general look of silhouettes that’s most interesting. In this aspect, maybe it’s necessary to bring up the contrast to really show less detail and more shapes. The “below the horizon “ space does not need any specific process, I think, other than dodging the road line a little, making it more of a story part. Your color volume is great, clear and natural. I like the detail. Good work.
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I like trees shot against a sunset. A good example of the art.
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As the sky is the star in your composition I wouldn't bring out more details on the ground with pp, I might even darken the ground further (but not so far it gets unrecognizable).
Overall a great image, maybe a little over-saturated but that might be just the screen of my mobile phone
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No need to worry about the foreground, but I did rotate the image just a hair, and cloned out a few bits along the road, plus a few brighter buildings...




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No need to worry about the foreground, but I did rotate the image just a hair, and cloned out a few bits along the road, plus a few brighter buildings...

Thank you for suggesting (and making) these retouches. I agree with you that it helps make the image less distracting and more focused on the stars of the image (which is the sky and the trees). Much appreciated input.

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The repetition of trees in front and back is really working well. Composition-wise, I’d suggest you get some more of the front tree in the frame. The light in the photo is condensed around the tree in the center, which makes it stand out and gives a general look of silhouettes that’s most interesting. In this aspect, maybe it’s necessary to bring up the contrast to really show less detail and more shapes. The “below the horizon “ space does not need any specific process, I think, other than dodging the road line a little, making it more of a story part. Your color volume is great, clear and natural. I like the detail. Good work.
Thank you for the constructive critique. I agree that dodging may help bring the line of the road into the image more (and thus draw the eye through the image). I agree about the tree in the front. I may try to go out and attempt a reshoot of this with a wider angle lens to see what I can get (or even check some of my other images from this same shoot to see if I have one with more of that tree).
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Beautiful photo!
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I think the picture is well shot, maybe try introducing some linear gradients to reduce some of the bright areas near the horizon, along with some color curve adjustments to give it an overall "smoother, nautral" look.
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I either want to see more or less of that tree on the left, but it's a bit awkwardly composed the way it currently is.
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It's best to avoid sunsets with con trails. There are better sunsets to be had. Be patient.
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