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#1 cloud9


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 18:53

Spotted this scene earlier today as the sun was rising through the mist over a swollen river. Mist is a common feature of winter down here in the Western Cape.

You never really know what you are going to get with the camera pointing straight into the sun.This presents processing issues as the camera never captures the scene as it is due to limitations of dynamic range and white balance so it is a case of processing to 'taste'.

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I feel much better now that I have given up all hope!

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 19:05

Mooi! Nice tones.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 19:58

I love them, reminds me of the early morning at Skukuza...

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 23:03

Very nice indeed

#5 Elsa Hoffmann

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:14

I like no 2 best - although I like the other's too.
Great pics old boy.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:34

I think the first one is the best.

In #2, the bird is too centered. (It is not absolutely center but slightly off, so it disturbs. Oh well, nature does not obey photographer.)
But, why not to move the bird, for example 1/5 of the frame width to the right? It should be easy to clone stamp it.
This change would in my opinion improve the picture.

In #3, the reflection looks like a flame. It draws attention away from the scene itself.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 14:48

Lovely atmospheric feel. I really like the layering effect in the second and third.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:11

Thanks for the comments all.
Agree that the composition of certain elements like the bird is not ideal. The bird flying through the scene was incidental and caught by chance. I could clone it into a more suitable position or crop the scene slighly differently but feel the shot still works at a basic level.

In the third shot I had to experiment shooting straight into the sun and I guess a blown out portion of the image was always likely.
I feel much better now that I have given up all hope!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:19

Yup, I also like the1st one best. Welcome back, btw. :)

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:41

Like all 3, really love that light.

Agree with palalaikka regards composition in number 2, but still like.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:10

I love the atmospherics in this series: the second shot is particularly satisfying.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 19:35

Thanks all and a special thank you to Dallas! One need to kick ones own backside evey now and then and get motivated!
I feel much better now that I have given up all hope!

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