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    when processing landscape shots, one of my main concerns (and struggles) is balancing the sky with the ground... in terms of details, tones, contrast, etc. my ideal is to unify them in a seamless manner... to make them look inseparable... as if those clouds and blue patches were an exact reflection of those trees.... that hay... that tractor...

    Often, the problem is that too much detail (or contrast) in the sky makes it look unreal. Not enough details... empty.

    I also hope for a piece of sky that looks unified and whole... as if it is was not an incomplete piece of a larger... endless expanse (which it is!).... but the entire sky... condensed into a single frame.

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    1. anjoudiscus 45 months ago | reply

      Superbe photo !

    2. LarryHB 45 months ago | reply

      I have seen images where the sea and sky blend in together almost seamlessly, but to accomplish this with land and sky is truly a difficult task, my question is why do you want to do this? Not that there is anything wrong with with your objective, in art there are no right and wrongs only expressions. I think this image overall is quite pleasing, the sky is not dominant the subject is small which is not a problem because its the overall effect you are after, the collecting of the hay bales. This is more of a verb than a subject, its the action that draws me into this image. excellent.

    3. Ben Jones. 45 months ago | reply

      There is a great feel to this shot. I like it a lot!

    4. Nicolò Panzeri 45 months ago | reply

      Great processing and composition!

    5. stephane (montreal) 45 months ago | reply

      thank you, Larry, for your detailed analysis and thoughts. I will keep thinking about this... about my obsession with seamless blending :)

    6. stephane (montreal) 45 months ago | reply

      Larry, isn't the very essence of photography to blend together elements that are truly unrelated? to create a beautiful (that is, harmonious) whole out of the accidental coming together of detached elements? to make them look as if they had been meant to be placed in such a particular relation to each other? as if they could not exist in any other way? although it is, truly, your viewpoint... your framing... your composition... that create this seeming harmony. Isn't also the very essence of (beautiful) photography to create a harmonious whole out of what is truly a fragment... a framed space?

      always interesting to discuss what we do :)

    7. The Patriot 1776 [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      This grand photo was seen in:
       award code by Adriënne, on Flickr
      Countryside Photography
      Thanks for posting !

    8. Namaste007 45 months ago | reply

      Simply gorgeous......

    9. from.where.I.stand (Chris) mostly away [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      you set yourself a pretty big challenge with that "wish list" for the sky! beautiful finishing on this -- a feeling of timelessness that matches the scene: we've been harvesting hay for hundreds of years and God willing there will still be small independents around to do it for years to come

    10. imagiphotu 45 months ago | reply

      colori bellissimi

    11. Ra Ibañez 45 months ago | reply

      Cute picture!

    12. ● SandroG 45 months ago | reply

      Thank you for this one :)))!!!

      Your photo screams Photographer !!!
      Thank you for sharing with us


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    13. aotemenfire 45 months ago | reply

      Such a good picture, the photographer is really under a lot of thought, I determined, we can see what I shot Coach Discount

    14. Despina K 45 months ago | reply

      Excellent Picture ! It deserves an
      Voices Of Earth-award
      From Voices Of Earth Group!

    15. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

      Très jolie...

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