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Old Oct 9 2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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I like this one but I'm interested in how I could possibly make it better.



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Old Oct 9 2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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Just a first attempt, so I could see this with your original at a glance.

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Old Oct 10 2008, 06:40 AM   #3
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I thought it was just a little washed out looking as you moved up into the sky area. Photoshop's auto levels button did most of the adjustment, with just a little brightness and contrast tinkering. I think it brought out the colors and shadows in the foreground, toned the glare of the sky, and didn't take away from the look of a misty morning in the background, while bringing out drtail and giving it a little POP.

But that's just me.

I like the sense of discovery in the theme of the photo. It mekes me want to keep walking, to see if that's a clearing up ahead, and maybe I'll see some deer grazing if it is. I like the shot.
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Old Oct 10 2008, 07:59 AM   #4
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I agree with Draco, it only needs a little tinkering with contrast and colour levels and the auto options could well do the trick. Gowever, for pictures like this I'd also like to poit out the shadow/highlight option which would enable you (afer first correcting the colour levels, as the picture has too much green) to fix shadows and highlights to your liking. Thus you could make the sky even darker if you wanted to change the mood of the picture a little and (if that would be the case) make the foreground even darker

I'm not sure about the left side of the picture, you might want to also make a version with the strip of trunk there cout out of the pic. I'd also make a square cutout, starting from the right of the picture. That way you'll lose the whole "tangle" in the left side of the photo; it might make for a better picture but depends on what you like.

I like the picture for its many different kinds of foliage and (probably like Draco) expect an animal or phaerie to pop up any moment
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Old Oct 10 2008, 09:27 AM   #5
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But I like the tangle. It makes your eye find the "path" through the rest. See it? There's a clearer area leading out of the photo.

It's not quite Robert Frost, but I get the feeling of

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep...
And miles to go before I sleep.
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just proves we all look at these things with "different eyes", Draco :good;
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Old Oct 11 2008, 12:32 AM   #7
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OK boys....I liked it with the misty faded look that Brighid, had in the first one...I thought that one was truly lovely.
Draco, I think the sharper lines of the brighter colors, takes away from the romantic, dreamy look of the original...to me,it was a place to get lost in...you made it look more commercial with the brighter sharper colors.

Brighid, you do have a wonderful eye for the photograph...you need to do something with your work, its truly artistic....IMO
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Hey, she asked!

My main purpose in tinkering with it was to try to tone down the sky. My eyes are very sensitive to glare, and it even came through in that pic, probably because of being on a monitor rather than a photo in hand. I didn't want to lose that feeling of mist either, but I thought the sky was overpowering the real subject matter.
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Hey, after getting the real colours back you can always add mist again (or whatever other things or effects you want) That's the beauty of photoshop
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Hans...It's also the beauty of what was already there....
you silly Dutchman.................:r ofl:

Draco...you did a fine job, and yes she did ask, I was only
making my own comments that I liked her original better.

You and Hans, just love to play with your computers and
photoshop. I'm sure you've heard the one about boys and
their toys...
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Nope, never heard it. How's it go? (Kidding, of course.)
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Thank you for the compliments.

Draco and Hans, The original is in no way adjusted. and at first I didn't realize that you had done anything to the pic in the second post......show's just how observant I am. Though I am a bit sleepy so perhaps that's why.

I have not ever used photoshop and have tried and failed at using Gimp on a few occasions. though I did just pick up a book that teaches you to use photoshop, it was on sale and I'm hoping I might be able to cross it over to gimp. But we'll see what happens when I get more time.

Personally I liked this pic, I remember the day I took it and for me at least the memory of the day I take any pictures makes looking at those pics more enjoyable. I had been wondering if that feeling or emotion had come across to others that weren't with me and judging by the comments you've posted I do believe that some of my happiness from that day has been passed on.

So again thanks for the feedback and when I start working on that book and gimp again I will accustom myself to those tools that you mentioned.
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