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Old Aug 11, 2010, 5:39 AM   #1
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Hi Chums,
I took this with lumix fx01, It's Puy Mary, up the road from me in France. I havent done anything to it apart from frame. I liked the shadows from the cloud, the stormy sky and the highlighted area on the barn.
What do you think? million miles away or getting there?
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 7:15 AM   #2
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My first impression: oversaturated. The green is way too strong on my monitor.

Mother nature never stops to surprise me, so maybe it really looked that way, but if I were you I'd check the camera settings (saturation slider)...

The scenery itself is great and the weather really adds to it.

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Hi Thkn777,
Thank you for your comments. I've checked with my wife and she says it's as it was on the day, there is a lot of rain there so it's very lush n green, and it all seemed to be more noticable due to the way the clouds were making patches on the ground. Be interesting if anybody else finds the same.
I could knock the saturation down a bit, maybe my monitor is understaurated as it looks ok on here. fx01 lumix.
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the lighting is really quite lovely, and makes for a really beautiful scene if those greens really were that lush! wow.. could use a bit of sharpening though.
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Hi Hards80,
Thank you, for the comments. Ill have a a go at the sharpening, I can see the first barn is not sharp, so ill have a play around with P shop. and see if I can improve it.
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 5:00 PM   #6
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These are typical Panasonic-colors. Lush greens and reds, poor blues.....

I think your picture is great! It's always difficult to discuss lushness / saturation, which is a very personal tast anyway.

The composition is very good IMO. Several diagonals and the mountain-peaks together with the roof of the barns are well placed. The groupe of trees right in the centre of the picture, and the single ones on top of the hill give us a sense of perspective and distance.

The picture has a very special and positive glow to it. I like it very much. You have cought a moment of magic!

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Hi Walter,
Thank you very much for your comments. I feel very happy you like the picture and am uplifted by your comments. It was looking at your beautifull Landscape images some time ago that got me to dust off the camera and get practicing again. Always look forward to seeing your work.
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Hi Mark
I love the photo. On the current monitor (17") that I'm viewing, it's only a touch over saturated IMHO. However on my laptop it would probably look fine. On my 22" monitor it would probably be noticeably too bright / contrasty.

Agree that a touch of sharpening would help, and the other suggestion I have, is to run it through a HDR process, just to balance out the bright areas a bit more (e.g. sky).

However a lovely composition.

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Hi Paul,
Thank you very much for your kind comments. I have just downloaded a free sudo Hdr program and looks like Ill have hours of fun with it. Am working on playing with the sharpness and getting to grips with Pshop. Thank you.
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lovely scene and taken from the right vantage point. If I were to edit from this shot I would use the lasso tool and trace the mountains and down around the bottom of the image then just lighten the blacks in levels with the blacks slider (cs5), and leave the sky the way it is. I think that adjustment would fix the over saturated and contrasty look others are commenting on.
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