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| p.1 #2 · A recent fall color shot |
The colors are great and I am sure it makes a great wallpaper, but I am not sure it would work well as a wallhanger. My eye runs through the scene without finding specific areas of interest. Nothing retains my attention. I tried to look at the image for cropping to improve the composition and to pull the viewer's eye into the scene. I did not see any obvious cropping opportunities. That leaves mainly color and brightness as tools to retain our interest inside the image.
I darkened the sky, removed some distracting treetops, I tried to brighten the shrub in the center of the clearing to help create a center of interest, and then I used burn/dodge and vignetting to try to hold the viewer's eye into the image. I overdid the process a bit mainly to illustrate what I was trying to accomplish.
Since we recently discussed rating images, on the usual camera club scale of 6 to 9 points, I would rate the image as a solid 7. Nicely done, but not outstanding. I would like to believe my approach might bring this up to a 7.5 level. I am willing to bet Karen and other contributors can find a better processing style and improve it further.