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DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


I don't usually shoot landscapes, but am kind pleased with this one. Would love to hear what others think of it.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121201/17/50baaf50af805_m.jpg
Dec 01 12 05:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cynthia Serrano
Posts: 12,436
Newark, New Jersey, US


I think it is a great shot I love shooting landscape great composition love the moody feel of it as well
Dec 01 12 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Thanks, I got up super early and setup before sunrise hoping to get something like this .. needless to say I did a little happy dance when I opened it up on the computer and saw how it came out.
Dec 01 12 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,774
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Looks good in B&W! I might try cropping it to turn it into more of a pano look. There is also a rock or something bottom left the could be cropped out. That's just my opinion of course. I find wide panos to be more dramatic smile
Dec 01 12 05:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


hmm that sounds interesting .. I think I'll give it a whirl .. thanks for the input.
Dec 01 12 05:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Something like this ?

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/dragansphoto/HDR1A.jpg
Dec 01 12 05:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,774
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


ya I love that! When it comes to landscapes I always look to the rule of thirds, lots of sky or lots of foreground, or completely balanced to create a nice, calm, balanced image. Your second crop is perfectly balanced, and the angle of the peaks is perfect.
Dec 01 12 06:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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The F-Stop
Posts: 1,121
New York, New York, US


Is that a lake in there?...or just a lighter patch of land?

I left you a commnent on the pic... only a sugestion.
Dec 01 12 06:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


No lake, just a patch of desert. I saw the comment, thanks for the input.
Dec 01 12 06:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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The F-Stop
Posts: 1,121
New York, New York, US


Can you just lighten it a one third stop? It may contribute to the details that catch your eye as you scan the print with your eye following the mountain's beak line on the sky and drop you down where the mtns go out of focus.
Dec 01 12 07:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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terrysphotocountry
Posts: 4,028
Rochester, New York, US


DraganSutic wrote:
Something like this ?

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o193/dragansphoto/HDR1A.jpg

WoW!

Dec 01 12 07:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Aaron Lewis Photography
Posts: 5,076
Catskill, New York, US


I like it. Nice composition
Dec 01 12 08:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Fist Full of Ish
Posts: 1,897
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, US


I thought it was widely understood that the main reason to shoot early in the morning is color.  That aside, it really doesn't compare with a good landscape photo.
Dec 01 12 11:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art Silva
Posts: 8,216
Santa Barbara, California, US


Fist Full of Ish wrote:
I thought it was widely understood that the main reason to shoot early in the morning is color.  That aside, it really doesn't compare with a good landscape photo.

That is true but early morning also allows for clean contrast and colors that translates on black and white film (or digital conversion) nicely, that contrast in "color" tones in raw makes it easier to work with in conversion channels.

OP, Nice work. My recommendation is to read up on Ansel Adams work and see how he approached his landscapes and how he brought that into the darkroom [you can sub for photoshop] wink
Concentrate on capturing a great range of the gray scale of your scene in the camera so you have plenty to work with in post.

Dec 01 12 11:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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R Michael Walker
Posts: 11,939
Costa Mesa, California, US


DraganSutic wrote:
I don't usually shoot landscapes, but am kind pleased with this one. Would love to hear what others think of it.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121201/17/50baaf50af805_m.jpg

Looks like the wrong lens. To much foreground and there is nothing interesting there. you needed more or less. IE, a wider or longer lens.

Dec 01 12 11:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Images by MR
Posts: 7,291
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


DraganSutic wrote:
I don't usually shoot landscapes, but am kind pleased with this one. Would love to hear what others think of it.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121201/17/50baaf50af805_m.jpg

Sorry but I think it's boring. Looks like you just stopped the car jumped out & snapped it.

It could have being so much better taking @ the right time of day for bold vivid colours.... maybe even a splash of HDR.

Just my thoughts ~ MR

Dec 01 12 11:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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DraganSutic
Posts: 304
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Thanks to everyone for their input.
Dec 02 12 05:44 am  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,283
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121201/17/50baaf50af805_m.jpg

For me this image has a limited dynamic range, it seems to be composed of mostly middle gray.
[You also have a dirty sensor, note the spots in the sky photo left]
Composition, the sky has no detail so it has minimal interest, clouds give interest, so much of the sky could be removed. [Cropped off]
The thing photo left bottom corner, rock, wall or what ever is a distraction as is that logo being bright white
A good landscape has a foreground, mid ground and background, so this image has a mid ground of the mountains, but lacks an interesting background [no clouds or bright sunrise color] it also has no foreground, large interesting rock, log or tree to anchor the image.

Would be interesting to see the original color version of this image
Dec 02 12 06:04 am  Link  Quote 
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Thomas Sellberg
Posts: 139
Bloomington, Illinois, US


I think you could brighten the image a touch, adjust the curve a little bit... Others have brought up good points to what is typical of a good landscape, however as with any aspect of photography it is up to you to make it your style. For being a genre out of your norm, I would say you did a good job. Something that might help, shoot in portrait and take multiple shots panning across the area, then photo merge them using photoshop. Also shoot in raw if you didn't, it allows for more adjustment. Remember to use your in camera meter and balance between the reading of the sky and foreground. But remember to have fun with it...
Dec 02 12 06:29 am  Link  Quote 
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Carlos Occidental
Posts: 10,540
Pasadena, California, US


If you must crop, crop out the sky, not the foreground land.  There aren't any interesting clouds or something else to warrant its inclusion.  But, it's not hurting the image either.  Cropping up the land DOES hurt the image.  A lot.
It also needs to be brightened a bit.

It's a very nice image to remember the day, but I don't see selling too many of this.
Dec 02 12 03:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Joey B Photography
Posts: 232
Syracuse, New York, US


Beautiful
Dec 02 12 04:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Eros Fine Art Photo
Posts: 2,418
Torrance, California, US


I'm not seeing anything interesting in it.  It's bland, it's dark, it's poorly exposed, and there's no sense of composition.  Basically, it just looks like a big rock or simply an image that's been cut in half.

Landscapes need either good composition, or something to catch the viewer's eye.  Just look at the thumbnail in the first post.  Do you see anything there that stands out, or makes you want to look closer?  All I see is a jagged split between dark and light.  There's no interesting cloud formations; No striking contrasts; No beautiful colors; etc. 

Not meaning to toot my own horn, but maybe these examples of stuff I've shot will help. 

Here you have symmetry, as well as a lone house that adds contrast to the dark green of the trees...

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/426145_10150574237633484_130551186_n.jpg

The eyes have a place to go, which is the house, but also move up and down to see the reflection in the water.  The point of a photo is to get the viewer to see all of it by creating visual cues the brain will lock in on. 

In this one...

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/459641_10151407575368484_554416571_o.jpg
The clouds provide the contrast and the ground is set low to create the rule of thirds.  I really wished the road I was on would have somehow led to the rock formation to give it guiding lines to the subject, but sometimes you just gotta' work with what'cha got.  (edit - GAAHHH!  I missed that dust spot!)

Even something as simple as a rock can make for a nice photo...

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/56325_10151866834258484_1435730665_o.jpg

if you just wait for the right moment and frame it up correctly. 

Study composition more and apply the rules to what you're shooting; because if you do, in a year from now you'll look back at your photo and ask yourself what you ever saw in it in the first place.
Dec 03 12 03:06 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Eros Fine Art Photo
Posts: 2,418
Torrance, California, US


If you want to see some truly AMAZING landscapes, take a look at R Michael Walker's work...

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= … 820&type=3
(Hopefully his images are viewable on his FB page)
Dec 03 12 03:23 am  Link  Quote 
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Sichenze Photography
Posts: 266
Front Royal, Virginia, US


Not enough dynamic range ad looks to be very flat as well.
Dec 03 12 03:34 am  Link  Quote 
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JGC Photography
Posts: 133
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Great start man!
Very nice for a first attempt!

As others have said a good LS has a foreground, mid, and background.
Wide angle shots need visual depth and interest. That usually starts with something interesting right on top of the camera. Background is usually no brainer so look to compose the mid/for back together.
When shooting wide get low....Really low.
Shoot at sunrise and sunset.

You could try cropping the sky near the top of the right mountain and let the mountain's leftward taper create visual interest. Get rid of the distracting white thingy bottom left.
I would burn the mid ground, the base of the mountains, and they sky (its boring) then dodge the mountains (make them look brighter as if the sun is setting) and maybe the foreground hump...Worth a try.
I can give it a shot if you like?

Peace out brother!
Dec 03 12 03:43 am  Link  Quote 
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