Discussion in 'Appraisal Gallery' started by smr, Jan 27, 2020.
Wasdale, Lake District by Joel Spencer, on Flickr
That has some impact! Flickr folks seem enthusiastic. No suggestions for change.
Sorry to be negative but there's nothing of interest in the foreground other than the light, but that pulls my eyes away from the mountains which are the natural interest. The sky looks too dark to my eyes (I'm viewing on a phone which may also affect the appearance) so I'm left wondering if you got any others from the shoot with a more compliant composition?
Hello Joel. That certainly has impact! You can anticipate a 'but' coming can't you.
I know that location. It is beautiful.
I realise that you have used a lot of skill and knowledge to process it but sadly I think that you have gone too far. It is overcooked. I suspect that there is a good photograph hiding in there. Please show us a more sympathetic interpretation of it.
Having said that I realise that some people may like it, but to me it is simple overdone.
It is deliberately overdone. As such I thought it worked quite well. I was wondering what I’d do to restore it to a more conventional view. Looks like a radial filter has been used to bring down the edges, clouds and shadows burned in, saturation upped and colour temperature warmed. I think I’d reverse those a bit and take a slice off the bottom to the crack in the rightmost rock to better balance the foreground and background.
I had a little go at it, but desatting a bit really killed the mood. It is quite tricky to keep the long wavelength light and brooding sky and clouds. If you lose the very low temp light, the foreground does become very bland, then you have to look at letterboxing with a chunk of, I think.
Thanks for the comments, will reply to them later on.
If you have the raw image, you can probably make a cracking shot. It's just a bit overcooked.
Maybe your monitor is a bit bright?
Thanks for the comments. I think the original edit was perhaps a bit too dark so I've adjusted a few things. What do you think to this iteration ?
IMG_0426-Edit-5 by Joel Spencer, on Flickr
Crop a chunk off the bottom I think it lacks brightness and contrast
More like this but still needs work
Not my shot 2020 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr
That’s nearly the crop I had in mind - keep a sliver more so the rock on the bottom right isn’t cut. There is a natural break in it that can align with the cut.
The processing changes in #9 are an improvement over #1.
Yes Alf's crop is what I had in mind, but still a bit hot for me. This perhaps?
Now I am on my computer
That's what I meant by going a bit bland.
Yes, it’s a narrow line between too much and too little. I didn’t touch the saturation when I lightened it.
I hate to disagree with Mike and Alf, Master of Wasdale, but I'd leave a slice more on the bottom - there's a joint in the rock front right and I think just below that is the place to go, otherwise it leaves that front rock hanging. If you look at Pete's crop above, I'd go for just a little lower than that.
That's the crop I went for when going for a more pano / letterbox crop. Just underneath that rock on the right.
IMG_0426-Edit-6 by Joel Spencer, on Flickr
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