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Shepherds Delight
Shepherds Delight

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF for Canon
Location: Ellmau, Austria
Date: Sep 15, 2006
Aperture: F/14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3secs
Galleries: Emotive, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

Last day at the farm before heading home to England Such an amazing sunset, I really wasn't able to do it justice in this photo. In hindsight the best picture would have been a telephoto against the firebell to the bizarre swirling clouds behind. Trouble is I don't think anyone would actually believe that the colours and the patterns were completely natural. I promise you they were.

Took two exposure settings in RAW and created 2 layers, masked the sky in one, varous sharpening then saved for web. As I said before I really haven't done this moment justice, either whilst taking it or in the post processing afterwards. Hopefully it won't get slaughtered too badly by the voters!
I'm amazed I even managed this score, 2 comments that noticed the half edited photo that I put up! oh well we live and learn.

Place: 392 out of 615
Avg (all users): 5.3583
Avg (commenters): 4.7500
Avg (participants): 5.2207
Avg (non-participants): 5.8333
Views since voting: 857
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 187
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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10/12/2006 03:49:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club Keith!


A wonderful, dramatic sky with great colour and detail in the cloud formations! I think this would have looked better if the house and hills were in silhouette against that great sky. That would have enabled you to lose the distracting elements such as people and cars by the house.


I have to agree with your first comment on this image, what happened in your editing?? I was pleased for you that you managed to score 5.3, for me your editing alone would have warranted a low vote (sorry). The sky colour does look natural, its the rest of the image I am struggling with.

My personal thought:

I am big on getting it right in camera (sorry again), and as suggested above with such a lovely sky the other elements would have looked nice silhouetted in my opinion. Oh and I suppose the biggest thing.....finish what you started before submitting :o)

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)

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10/11/2006 02:19:08 AM
This is great Keith!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 05:23:55 PM
3 - Is a nice sky/cloud capture, with a few nice elements within the image (but also a few detracting ones in my opinion), including the contrasting green (which a bit bolder might have complemented the sky even more) - however the main thing that grabs my attention after the sky is, what appears to be unfinished burning on the hills/mountains. Perhaps it is an 'error', or else a monitor miscalibration, who knows.
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10/04/2006 06:09:22 PM
The sky is wonderful. I would have like to have seen the building dodged a little more to make the lighting even. Great color though!
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10/03/2006 10:06:14 PM
Very dramatic sky but otherwise ordinary subject matter.
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10/03/2006 09:37:53 PM
nice sky - love the color and texture
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10/03/2006 05:11:45 AM
very nice!
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10/02/2006 04:39:31 PM
the red sky works well against the green and the white house.
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10/01/2006 05:20:06 PM
very nice colors here
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10/01/2006 04:22:18 PM
Fantastic sky. I might have tried to darken the foreground, as it is not really the focus here.
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10/01/2006 02:34:44 PM
Beautiful sky!
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10/01/2006 12:48:24 PM
The sky is interesting but the building is lost in the shadows.
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10/01/2006 09:57:28 AM
red sky at night...mmmm...nice, a 5 anyway
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10/01/2006 05:43:50 AM
Some mysterious image editing on the right side hills. Looks like you atemted to increase the brightness in parts of the picture. The house to is half edited. An ontherwise good composition with good colors but suffer alot because of the above editing.
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