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For what it's worth, neither shot feels like it has any blown out area's to me. And so I like how you worked the light really well in #2. The one thing I would do in #2 is to crop a bit off the left to lose that brighter area lower down in the clouds towards the left. You have some sweet rays of light angling that way, and I think while that area is not as bright as the area around the sun, it's still grabbing some attention away from the sun. So I would crop enough to lose...Show more →
It seems the general consensus is that I crop off that left area, which is what I was started to lean towards. I'll take another look at it.
Feeling a certain anxiety about my monitor calibration (I think we all know that feeling), I decided to indulge my curiosity on this one. Here are the areas of the red channel that are clipping in the barn image:
Wow....that looks terrible. I'm not seeing any clipping close to that... I assumed you saved the file directly from the forum and pulled it up in PS. Maybe I'm just paranoid (and it might not make a lot of sense), but I don't trust any file other than my original RAW file to pull data from.
This does bring up an interesting point though, that has bothered me for a while. How do you deal with a web based portfolio designed to be viewed all over the world on different monitors that could have completely different brightness/contrast, hue/saturation etc. values?
i.e. At work I have a dual monitor setup with identical monitors at identical "settings" (not calibrated) and I can drag an IE box from one screen to the other and my photo looks completely different on both monitors. On my right screen, the clouds terrible.
Milan Hutera wrote:
Fantastic light in both of them and great job with the processing. However, I must question the choice of composition in #1. The tree on the right edge looks incomplete, which is distracting (to me anyway). I don't know if there is any possibility to give it some breathing room so the branches wouldn't be pressed agains the right edge.
I've seen this barn shot a million times and not once with the tree on the right, so I wanted to include it, however, I thought a lot about how tightly it should be in the frame. If I gave it too much room to breathe on the right, it took away from the barn, so that's why I landed on the comp I did. I'll take a serious look at your suggestion and see if it helps or hinders the overall shot.