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DPG Critique #2

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HBRstudios 1:55pm, 16 July 2007
Let me know the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thanx

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ectro 11 years ago
I love the texture of the fractured ground and the runoff lines that lead to the top of the hill. I especially like the right side of the background with the more jagged hills and horizontal lines. The road takes away from the overall feeling of timelessness I get while looking at the photo, but its intersection with the closer hills seems to work. I don't think a better shot could have been taken at the time and place. I like this one a lot.
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Composition is spot on, the s-curve of the hills really bring you through the image allowing you to stop and see all of the details allong the way. The fact that it is super sharp from front to back makes the photo even better. Great conversion. There is so much detail here.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Thanx, guys.

Jake, it does take another set of eyes sometimes to point out things overlooked. When you said, "road," I did a double take and uttered to myself, "what road??" Thanx for pointing that out and I will be taking that out in my final edition.
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I think it's a great shot. I would like to see more contrast and sharpening of the cracks on that hillside and the upper left is a bit dark but that would be a hard fix.. any more exposer and it would be too bright over all. Is the framing a bit off? It feels like it leans down to the tight? Thats all I can see. Cool landscape for sure. Nice choice of B&W.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
I think you are right, Moe, it does lean a bit to the right. Thanx
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
The textures are cool and as shawn said the shapes lead you around. I wonder what the color version would look like. The far horizon slants a bit and the sky looks flat. But a very nice photo.
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Here you go.
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Getting the sky to look like it does was a bit of doing in and of itself, I doubt if I can bring it up any further without it looking odd.
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
If you had the patience, you could take the burn tool in photoshop, set to a small brush, low exposure (10% or so) and burn for shadows on the cracks.
I think the image would pop even more, not that it needs it, but something you might like to try on the black and whote version.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
i just have to say that the b&w image is stunning

and i agree w/ shawn t, the burn tool would do wonders on the b&w, but just a thought. it's already an incredible image
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
OK, I have made some adjustments based on what you have given me. Is it a better image???

Badlands-Edit-3
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Here is the original next to it:
Badlands
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I like the edit better, it pops more. You can see the detials better in the foreground as well as the hills in the upper right portion of the image. The banding across them stands out more. Plus there seems ot be more dtail in the sky on the edited version. I guess the details just stand out better across the whole image now.
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ectro 11 years ago
Much better!
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