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flasha Mar 31, 2011 10:25 AM

Swan River Sunset
 
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Hi All,
Here is a Sunset shot, any comments appreciated.

jerwilhelm Mar 31, 2011 3:49 PM

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Beautiful place to be! Couple things I notice - your shot is not level. You can always count on water being level so make that straight from side to side. I would crop more of the sky out, there is too much blank space above the clouds. I like the way the clouds are lit up around the edges and the way the sun is streaming through.

I did a real quick edit.

JW

flasha Apr 1, 2011 5:05 AM

Thankyou JW for your comment.
I did crop quite a bit and left more of
sky because was told by freinds that
horizon should not be in middle.
I need to obviousy learn how to straighten
horizon wether it be from the initial shot
or learn PP.

Thankyou again for comment.
PS I do like what you did by the way.

ewheeler20 Apr 1, 2011 4:34 PM

flasha, its true that a lot of times you do not want the horizon to be right in the middle of the frame, but as you can see in jerwilhelm's edit, it's not. It follows the "rule of thirds"

In your original post's photo, the horizon is actually in the bottom 1/4 or even 1/5, meaning there is probably too much sky.

Remember that the "rules" are not rules, but hints as to how you can compose and edit a photo. Whatever you find most pleasing is of course the most important rule to follow!

keep posting!

flasha Apr 3, 2011 8:49 AM

Thankyou all for comments.
Will take all on board and keep
practiceing my composition techniques.

jerwilhelm Apr 4, 2011 9:22 AM

flasha - as ewheeler20 noted the horizon is generally about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. I did not intentionally try to make your shot conform to the "Rule of Thirds" but after cropping it to what I thought looked right thats what I got. Not sure if you are a Mac or Windows user - but I just used iPhoto to straighten the image. It is super easy to do in most software programs - but even easier to do while taking the photo. Some cameras allow you to turn a grid overlay on inside your viewfinder which will allow you to line things up vertically and horizontally. The photo was a great catch though - just a couple things to make it fantastic. Keep up the great work!

JW


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