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Old Nov 16, 2007, 1:39 PM   #1
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This is shot in the other direction from "I woke this morning" (11Nov), from just outside our back garden gate. It's almost straight from the camera, cropped very slightly, sharpened, resized.
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Old Nov 16, 2007, 1:52 PM   #2
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This version, a little closer, had 1.3 stops less exposure, better for the hill. I've caught two red-coated walkers and their dog on the 'Sandstone Trail' along the escarpment.
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Old Nov 16, 2007, 1:57 PM   #3
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...and I've twiddled the curves to try and get a balance on this one...
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Nice scene. #1's my favorite, well done.

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Old Nov 16, 2007, 5:41 PM   #5
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Oooo, nice twiddling Alan, very nice balance between the two.
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Old Nov 16, 2007, 5:50 PM   #6
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Alan, I hope you don't mind but I wanted to twiddle a little too. I thought that maybe I could bring out just a little more detail from that dark right side. I might have gone too far. What do you think. I used the shadows/highlights adjustment in CS3 and then Noise Ninja. The noise suppression might have been a little too strong. Hmmm, as I look at it after I posted I can see some wierd pruple fringing on the distant houses roof in the middle.
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Your final version is pretty darn nice as is.



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Old Nov 16, 2007, 6:00 PM   #7
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I think I like the composition of your first shot better. The distant house is not as hidden and I think adds a nice element and balance to the shot. I also think the headstones add an interesting element to the picture.
Boy! You live in a pretty spot.
I think if you can adjust the first shot so that the exposure of the mountains is just about a 1/2 stop less it would be perfect.
That's just my humble opinion. You obviously have a very nice shot as is.
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Old Mar 3, 2008, 3:25 AM   #8
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I suddenly discovered, while searching for another of my posts, that I'd missed responding to these kindly comments and striking modifications.

So, three and a half months late, thank you very much, Alan & Steve.

I agree that the gravestones and the manse in the distance in my first shot make a better composition. I'd tried as well to minimise the distracting area of flat roof. However, the red-coated walkers, barely visible at this size, were too good to miss. The glow of the hill in smac's amendment is much more as I remember the hill at the time. The grass looks unreal, but I often say that of verdant grass when I see it in real life.

As the viewpoint is about 45 seconds walk downstairs and out of the back door from where I sit now, and as I envisage living right here until I die in 20-30 years' time if I'm lucky, there's plenty of time for me to try for the right composition and even more exposure bracketing in future.
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