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Big cloud over windmill
Big cloud over windmill
RUEDISCHMUTZ


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Kinderdjik Holland
Date: Sep 12, 2010
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Feb 10, 2011

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Statistics
Place: 364 out of 429
Avg (all users): 5.0635
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9615
Avg (non-participants): 5.5455
Views since voting: 424
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 189
Comments: 25
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02/20/2011 08:14:49 PM
a cool set of clouds - but completely overdone on the processing end imho
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02/20/2011 10:33:19 AM
that's some cloud..... love the detail
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02/19/2011 10:17:23 PM
Sigh, you've just gone too far :-( The clouds and the foreground simply don't matcxh, and everything's glossed over too smooth :-( Helluva scene, though.
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02/19/2011 07:19:59 PM
What a fascinating thing to do to clouds. Really makes for an angry sky!
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02/19/2011 04:56:04 PM
This feels over-processed to me
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02/19/2011 12:11:53 PM
What's the point with the clouds? They were quite beautiful enough, I suspect, and needed no help in Photoshop. The desaturation further takes away from it.
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02/19/2011 07:11:44 AM
Great drama but I think even with less processing it would be beautiful.
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02/18/2011 12:35:18 PM
I get to the critique on processing later but first I want to take about the lovely scenery. You have strong compositional elements with the interesting clouds and the fabulous open landscape with windmill. I know what you wanted to highlight given the title, but I think compositionally the shot would be even more visually appealing if you cropped out the top 1/3 and turned this into a 'wide screen' panorama. I would still have some of the fantastic clouds but not too much. Doing so would further play on the strength of the wide open feel and show off more of the windmill. This is a great shot but the over processing just ruins it. The clouds look far, far too heavy with the deep dark shading/outline that does not match the landscape below. It is so processed that it takes on the appearance of it being pasted in. Hmmm, I wonder now if you made the skyscape B&W but kept the windmill and ground in color which would explain why the deep dark light on the sky doesn't match that of the well light and cheery colors of the landscape. You have a fabulous photo here it just needs to be re-worked so the processing lets it truly shine.
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02/18/2011 11:54:50 AM
OTT maybe but still like it loads.
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02/16/2011 07:27:00 PM
I'm not sure what you did to the clouds in this but they look very odd to me
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02/16/2011 05:15:22 PM
Yikes! What did you do to this in post-processing?!
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02/15/2011 09:59:47 PM
Those clouds are pretty dramatic. They look a little out of place with the rest of the image. Definitely interesting to look at.
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02/15/2011 08:27:11 PM
Now I a big fan of Dodge/Burn. you seem to have nailed it with the wind mill, but as for the sky.....way to much. Also watch the fine detail on the layers. Notice the tops of your tree. (You may know this trick, but we are here to help so...) in Photoshop select what you want the best you can, then hit shift-Q, this turn the area a pink color. Use the paint bush to get the fine paint the fine detail......play with this. GOOD LUCK
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02/15/2011 06:16:28 PM
You took a big chance. Vermeer would cringe. I like it though. It's more like a set for an opera thinking of being brushed and evened out with lighting. But I would not have separated so harshly the clouds in B&W anyway.
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02/15/2011 06:12:43 PM
woah a bit over processed for my liking but great composition
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02/14/2011 08:30:02 PM
Striking, but a little too unreal.
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02/14/2011 06:55:18 PM
I think the photo had some potential but the editing leaves me wondering if the windmill or the sky was supposed to be the main subject, when I first looked at this shot I did not even notice the windmill which is bad decause I really don't care for the sky. The selective desat seems to divide the shot into two opposing images that do IMO nothing to enhance each. I would love to see the original sky, looks like some pretty awesome clouds.
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02/14/2011 03:29:38 PM
Oh my word! Stunning! (not voting)
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02/14/2011 12:33:38 PM
The editing is a bit over the top for my taste.
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02/14/2011 11:47:33 AM
just a little overdone for my taste. I would tone the hdr a little less contrasty
in any case, wonderfully composed photo
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02/14/2011 10:06:30 AM
wow, dramatic
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02/14/2011 09:57:01 AM
i think the treatment was a little too heavy. doesn't look "real"
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02/14/2011 09:22:33 AM
Sky is overdone in my eyes. Wonderful composition, though
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02/14/2011 07:35:27 AM
way overprocessed imho
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02/14/2011 03:32:17 AM
sorry, the dodge and burn is a little over the top here
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