Natural Landscape Class Photos - CC Please!

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Natural Landscape Class Photos - CC Please!

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Last night was my last "Photographing the Natural Landscape" class. It was a lot of fun and I think I really learned a lot from it. Last week we had a field trip to a bog and yesterday was the critique from it. The teacher and other classmates had some great advice and I am actually going to go back to the same place and try to get better images of some of these. Here are a few of my favoriate, and please give any and all CC that you have! These are all SOOC and I did shoot in RAW. I haven't done any PP yet, because I wanted the teacher to critique what I actually took, not what I fixed! I am at work and forgot to write down the settings before I uploaded them this morning, so I will update later with the settings.

1. ISO 200, SS 0.8sec, f/13
The water is NEVER this still, so it is rare to get such a great reflection, especailly since it was almost a 1 second exposure!

2. ISO 200, SS 1/100, f/5.6

3. ISO 200, SS 1.5, f/9
I did play with this one some on my computer and it looks much better when I sharped it. This is NOT the sharpened image, forgot to upload that one!

4. ISO 200, SS 1/3, f/7.1

Same photo but upside down! It almost looks like this is how it is supposed to be!

5. ISO 200, SS 1/80, f/10

6. ISO 200, SS 1/20, f/4.5
The sky is TOTALLY blown, but I just really like the root structure. If I had a graduated density filter it would have been better, but I don't have one, so this is what I got!

There was one more that I REALLY like, but I must not have uploaded it. I will try to remember to do that when I get home tonight.

Thanks for looking!

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WHAT A COOL EXPERIENCE, TARA!!!!!

I'm sure you got a lot of great feedback from the class, but here's my $0.02 worth.

1. WOW! That reflection is INCREDIBLE! My only suggestions would be to straighten the horizon so that the bridge doesn't look like it's leaning to one side (the left side looks slightly lower to me) and then, I might crop just a little off the left. The plank in the bottom left corner seems a bit out of place as it's one of the few elements in the image that doesn't have a reflection showing.

2. LOVE the shadow/light play here. The lines lead you very nicely into the image. I like it!

3. This may be my favorite of the set. I love the reflections on the water. And the winding path adds contrast to the verticle lines of the trees. Really nice composition. Doesn't look soft to me either.

4. I love that you showd this in both orientations. Smile You do almost get the feeling that you're looking at this upside down in the original shot. VERY COOL EFFECT!

5. The sunlight really creates some interesting paterns here w/ all that greenery. And the murkyness of the bog almost makes some areas look foggy. I do wish the leaves up close to us were OOF. I think that would draw more attention to the rows of ferns (or whatever that is growing back there).

6. That is a VERY cool root structure. And I love how you framed it w/ the neighboring trees. I think I would crop just a bit of the top off though since the sky is so very blown. The brightness draws your eyes away from the main subject. I think w/ a levels adjustment and maybe a boost in saturation this could be a really breathtaking photo.

Again, WELL DONE! You obviously have a flare for landscape photography!

TFS,
GiGi

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Remember, when you shoot in RAW you aren't necessarily 'fixing' things when you post process, you are enhancing what you shot. RAW does nothing for you as far as color, sharpening or brightness. JPGs do that in camera, but RAW is something you have to do, tweak each setting. RAW never looks good SOOC because it is the entire data of the image, you just need to tweak it. My point is, don't feel like you shouldn't pp a RAW image or that you are fixing mistakes.

#1 - Great image. Love love love. I would have brought the bridge down to the bottom 1/3 of the frame and capture the tall trees to frame the top of the image. Love the still water, simply gorgeous.

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I love #1! I agree with Stacey that I'd have brought it a tad lower too. But since the still water is so pretty, I'd have also taken one with the bridge in the top 3rd of the photo too, so I'd have both ways Smile that's what I did with my reflection pics from the park a month or two ago.

I also like #4...the reflection is pretty. The others don't hold as much interest for me as these two but of course the scenery itself is just so pretty and peaceful.

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What a cool location!

1. SO neat! and I can't believe your SS was so slow, cool!

2. this one isn't doing anything for me, sorry. I do like all of the lines (horizontal and vertical) though.

3. I had to stare at this one for a while to figure out where the water was. it just didn't jump right out at me.

4. okay, that's really neat with the reflections and flipped image.

5. that's a lot of green! Wink

6. that's one heck of a root structure! don't sweat the blown sky if you're not having it printed. you captured what you wanted to, which was the roots. could you have gotten it at an angle without that leaning tree truck in front? ... then I just read GiGi's comment to you, and I LIKE it as a frame. funny how someone else's perspective changes things. (I tend not to read other replies before I write my CC comments, I don't want to be influenced!)

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Beautiful. I love landscapes. I can only imagine what you can do PP with these!

My favoirte is the 1st and last. I think they have very interesting focal points.

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Thanks for the compliemtns and great advice everyone! I did play with #1 a little. I'm stuck though. I titled the bridge so it wasn't leaning and took out the wood walkway in the lower left. But in order to keep it at a regular size print, the bridge is smack dab in the middle. I'm torn, I don't want to lose the water but then I don't want to lose the trees either. I may just have to go back and take some more!

Anyway, here is the updated one!

One more that I really like! Part of me wishes the reflextion wasn't cut off, but the professor thought that was what he liked about it. It's funny how we all see things differently!

ISO 200, SS 1/8, f/5.6

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"Melvin76" wrote:

Remember, when you shoot in RAW you aren't necessarily 'fixing' things when you post process, you are enhancing what you shot. RAW does nothing for you as far as color, sharpening or brightness. JPGs do that in camera, but RAW is something you have to do, tweak each setting. RAW never looks good SOOC because it is the entire data of the image, you just need to tweak it. My point is, don't feel like you shouldn't pp a RAW image or that you are fixing mistakes.

#1 - Great image. Love love love. I would have brought the bridge down to the bottom 1/3 of the frame and capture the tall trees to frame the top of the image. Love the still water, simply gorgeous.

Thank you, RAW is still something that confuses me! When I do shoot in RAW I usually do RAW+JPEG so that I can see the image right away. These were the JPEG images. I decided not to touch the RAW files for the class because I wanted to see if he had any suggestions on how to change settings to get better results. Since he is a "Natural" Landscape photographer, he does have some ethical "issues" with too much post processing. Basically his thought is that if you can do it with film in a dark room then it's ok. Which makes sense for what he is doing, but not for every type of photography. And like you said, it's a RAW imagine, it NEEDS to be tweaked!