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Old Oct 20, 2009, 1:28 PM   #1
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Default Low-key landscape - Too dark?

Is it wrong to go as low as I did...? This is as low as I saw / experienced / remember it - Chato will be delighted now...

I myself like it the way it is, emphasizing the evening-mood, but maybe I should lighten it some more? It almost like cutting ones toenail (big-toe...) - you know you should cut more and deeper, but you are afraid to cut into the flesh...


So, I leave it up to you to decide or to discuss and find the perfect luminosity (is that what it's called?). BTW - I'm not proud that the sky is partially blown there on the upper left corner, as the sun was more or less shining rigth at me...

- What about that car in front of the house - should I 'remove' it?
- Any other suggestions of how it might be improved?






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Old Oct 20, 2009, 1:35 PM   #2
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to be perfectly honest, its too low for me. there is just not enough detail or interest left in the scene to draw my attention away from the blown sky in the left.

its possible that you could pull off a more "low key" approach if the scene was more uniformly "low" and the mood of the picture benefited from this approach.

just don't think the lighting in this scene allows that to happen.

its a lovely area, worth revisiting under different conditions.

-possibly would work better closer to evening when the light is "warmer", its awfully cool here
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Old Oct 21, 2009, 11:34 PM   #3
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The upper area's exposure looks great, but the bottom half, not so much. If I were you I'd actually crop away the bottom half.

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Old Oct 22, 2009, 4:04 AM   #4
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This picture is a 'lost case' in any respect.

The only thing that could have saved it, is a strong rendered HDR - but that would take away the gentle and soft lighting and the tender colors in the foregrund (shrubs and grass).

To cut this picture in halve would only emphasize the blown sky even more - I think....

I'm relly confused about this and I kind of liked the mood here (I think I always get slightly melancholic every year in the autumm), but I accept defeat - even though (at least on my monitor) the details in the forground are visible.


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Old Oct 22, 2009, 6:24 AM   #5
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Can you see any difference here? I just used Shadow/Highlight.
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Bynx: you're hired too! Great pp.
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...I just used Shadow/Highlight.
What do you say!!

Now it is a completely differend picture! The foreground does not compete so much - as it did - with the background / sky for attention anymore. It's alltogether a more unison area now, a 'whole' picture. Even the 'blown' portion of the sky doesn't seem to bee too bad now - or so I tell myself...

Thank you for you edit, Bynx - I like it!

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Default Tried again an made another HDR-rendering - see the difference...?

Hello folks!

After being somewhat dissapointed about the contrast of this picture, I thought I should try another go at HDR. The first HDR being not so successfull, I managed somehow to fetch more of the low's and the high's this time.

Maybe the only thing I am not happy about is the colors - too cold?


Much more interesting details now in the foreground so I left some more of it (the first picture had a thighter crop on the bottom) and as such the pictures character has changed somewhat - IMO the picture has lost most of its mysterious look and feel and its subdued color in the foreground. On the other hand the 'rule of third' has become more apparant as the horizon came higher up - but has the foreground now become the main-item....?

Her is the other one for comparison...



What do you think now?

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Are we getting close yet?
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the HDR rendition, and bynx's subsequent edit of it, are MUCH MUCH better. the details are nice and the serene mood you were going is very much evident and enhanced.

possibly you could could dodge the house a little bit and lighten it a shade or two to bring it closer to white.

very nice edit(s)
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