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leuallen

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Field runoff
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:37:50 PM »

A heavy rain and breaking weather this morning created this interesting pattern. This section of the field is usually dry. Off now to see the Ansel Adams exhibit in Peoria, Il.

Larry
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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 04:49:31 PM »

I like it. Classic S-curve, nice placement of the farm buildings.
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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 04:01:11 AM »

I like it. Classic S-curve, nice placement of the farm buildings.


So do I.  Good sky, attractive shiny appearance of the water.

Nice shot.

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 10:42:40 AM »

All of the above plus the sky is done well, but not over-done.

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 12:33:17 PM »

Very evocative.  It looks (to me) even better flipped horizontally.

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 01:32:02 PM »

Rajan

It probably does read better flipped due to English reading left to right but I drive by this scene everyday so I am used to seeing it as is, anything else would discombobulate me.

I photographed this the night before but knew that it needed to be backlit for impact. I was disappointed the next morning at sunrise as it was dull and overcast, no sun. When I got up from the computer at about nine for a stretch and looked out the window, low and behold, there were sun and clouds. A magical transformation. I jumped in the car and headed on out.

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 02:43:59 PM »

I like the image very much, but two things hit me FWIW. The horizon is a tad off horizontal and that is such a strong and important part of the composition to my eye. The clouds are also a bit contrasty for my taste and compete with rather than complement the contrast and texture in the river. Some of the folks around here will find my last comment very ironic ;D since I often go over the top in my images (not saying you have overdone it); people here have been very helpful to me.

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 03:14:05 PM »

David

I think the horizon is sort of an optical illusion due to the various shades of gray it consists of. I have straightened it a couple of times and each time I come back after, it looks a little off. Straightening with the angle tool in LR, it looks really off even though it should be perfect.

I reduced the contrast in the sky and you are right: it looks better.

Side note: I went to an Ansel Adams exhibit yesterday. One of the things I came away with (besides mine look like crap compared) is that he was restrained in the brightness of his whites. Less contrast in the highlights than I am want to do. I guess that with the ease of pushing the highlights up in LR, I tend to overdo it. Looking for that pop which at first glance looks good but in the long run ruins the image.

Larry
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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 03:23:04 PM »

Ansel Adams was restrained in the brightness of his whites. Less contrast in the highlights than I am want to do.
Hi Larry,
At a simplistic level, we are taught to open the highlights to just avoid clipping or just barely clip them. It depends on the image and I am jealous that you got to see the AA exhibition; pays to pay attention to the Masters!

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Re: Field runoff
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2013, 08:47:20 PM »

David

I would say that Ansel generally was not too close to clipping.
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