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Old Jun 29, 2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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We had a grey morning with some dynamic clouds. Shot it and desaturated. What do you think?
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Old Jun 29, 2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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I'm not going to be very helpful. The sky is really dramatic, and I think I would lighten the overall tone a bit more - looks a bit dark to me but it could be the way I have my monitor set up (it had been too light). I like the b&w and the extra contrast. Just not sure if the processing is quite right for it yet. What do others think?
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I can't see the whole image at once on my laptop monitor. But, I do like it. It's almost like the M C Escher drawings. If I look at the top half it's like I'm looking down through the clouds at little hills all over. If I look at the bottom half it's normal. Cool!

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To me, on my trusty MacBook, the top half of the image detracts from the lower half 'caus I'm asking myself "what's going on there?". It's too shmooshed up (note the technical term) for my liking. I like the lower half though.

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So much potential in this but it looks a) a little unbalanced and b) flat. I've had a go at it (hope you don't mind - if you do I'll take it down immediately !) but with such a small version there is not much to work with (esp. shadows).

I would like to see a little more definition in the shadows - it does tend to look like a black line at the bottom of the screen (sometimes a full silhouette works but in this case it's too small a % of the image IMHO and I'd like to see more detail in that great range).

TBH it probably needs 2 or 3 bracketed shots and merging or blending.

The second version is Tone-Mapped (doesn't look too different to mine - maybe that is saying something - but it's done a better job of the mountain range) ! Maybe you could do better with the full size file in Photomatix (you can download a trial version that adds text to your finished image but is still worth trying) ?
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You are all correct. So much potential that hasn't been met. I'll try the tone mapping. Good idea.
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Cropped and tonemapped. Better, I think.
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I like the picture but feel there is too much sky and it distracts me from the scene. I have tried cropping it as a panorama. Let me know what you think. In the end it is only what pleases the maker that matters.



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Yes! I like it very much. Nice job.
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Cropped and tonemapped. Better, I think.
The first one I didn't care for, but I really like your second version!
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