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Could not resist the light on this old homestead when we drove past it. I am mixed about the branch on the right side of the image but my wife liked it so I left it in. Any Comment or Critiques would be appreciated as would any other comments. Hope you enjoy the image, thanks for looking.

Mike





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Hey Mike,

I think your branches on the right work here, they fill a huge part of the scene so they do feel as if they belong. The one thing I would suggest though is to work on your layer mask for the sky among the tree branches, lots of lighter sky showing through all over the place there.

Using the Color Range tool in Photoshop is one way that will then select those tiny areas in between the leaves and along edges for you. If it seems to then also select areas outside of the sky region, you can use one top layer mask with just the top half of the image selected, that way if it the Color range does select anything down in the foreground area, it won't show through.

If you need any help, or more specifics, just let me know.

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Jul 19, 2014 at 04:44 PM
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JimFox wrote:
Hey Mike,

I think your branches on the right work here, they fill a huge part of the scene so they do feel as if they belong. The one thing I would suggest though is to work on your layer mask for the sky among the tree branches, lots of lighter sky showing through all over the place there.

Using the Color Range tool in Photoshop is one way that will then select those tiny areas in between the leaves and along edges for you. If it seems to then also select areas outside of the sky region, you can use one
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Thanks Jim, I appreciate the comments and advice. I will play with it and see what I can come up.

Mike




Jul 19, 2014 at 04:57 PM
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Mike,
The tree branch works for me! Cements the foreground in the image. It needed that.
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Jul 19, 2014 at 08:17 PM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Mike,
The tree branch works for me! Cements the foreground in the image. It needed that.
Dan


Thanks for the input Dan.




Jul 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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I reworked the image per Jim's suggestions, Also used topaz to add just a little pop to it. Appreciate any comments you might have.

Mike



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Jul 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM
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Like this redo even better!
Nice job!!!
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Jul 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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I like the branch too.


Jul 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Like this redo even better!
Nice job!!!
Dan


Thanks Dan, appreciate the kind words.

Mike



Jul 20, 2014 at 03:28 AM
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CH3NO2 wrote:
I like the branch too.


Thanks for the comment.

Mike




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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Old Homestead


nice scene, but shadows/foreground is just too bright for me. I like the 1st version a bit better over the two shown.


Jul 20, 2014 at 03:49 AM
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Wife's right, keep the branch. Nice Image. art


Jul 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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JohnBrose wrote:
nice scene, but shadows/foreground is just too bright for me. I like the 1st version a bit better over the two shown.


Thanks for the comments John, are you suggesting masking the foreground or reducing dynamic range? I have played with both a bit since your comment. It focuses you more on the sky but I am not sure how I feel about the loss of detail.

Mike



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Art Knight wrote:
Wife's right, keep the branch. Nice Image. art


Thanks Art, appreciate the comments.

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Jul 20, 2014 at 02:59 PM
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pike40 wrote:
Thanks Art, appreciate the comments.

Mike


Mike,A good foreground could add, in your image does, interest to a picture, could be used to lead the eye of the viewer directly to the main subject, to add depth, emotion, mood, contrast, and can also be used to show environment which adds context to the image. It adds scale.
Without the branch, your image would loose much of all this.
It is a basics of photograpy.
Again..good composition.
Dan




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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Old Homestead


I, too, prefer shot n1? Somehow on the scond one, the busted-up house stands out less as the focal point of attention. And, overall, let me just say I would have been very happy take that shot.


Jul 20, 2014 at 03:35 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Old Homestead


Nicely done!


Jul 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
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I'm just saying, your light source is the sunset, so when your forground and the far trees are so bright, it's just not normal looking to my mind. Like someone did a bit to much with a hdr filter or something. You don't have to get rid of details, just to bring back the exposure values closer to reality. Right now, the item that would normally be the brightest value in the scene is one of the darkest(the sky). Just my feelings.


Jul 20, 2014 at 06:51 PM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Mike,A good foreground could add, in your image does, interest to a picture, could be used to lead the eye of the viewer directly to the main subject, to add depth, emotion, mood, contrast, and can also be used to show environment which adds context to the image. It adds scale.
Without the branch, your image would loose much of all this.
It is a basics of photograpy.
Again..good composition.
Dan



Thanks Dan, I appreciate your comments.

Mike



Jul 20, 2014 at 09:50 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Old Homestead


philber wrote:
I, too, prefer shot n1? Somehow on the scond one, the busted-up house stands out less as the focal point of attention. And, overall, let me just say I would have been very happy take that shot.


Thanks for the comments, I have reworked the second photo again, see if the old house works better now.

Mike



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