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Sunshine on the road

I took this a month ago but struggled to process it the way I wanted I think its OK now. Any tips would be wlecome.


Road by Loweswater by alf.branch, on Flickr
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Re: Sunshine on the road

I'm no expert but perhaps a little too much contrast/shadows too dark but otherwise a nice shot with good sunburst effects.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

Thanks for the comment but I really need some actual advice to be of any use.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

Alf, I'm afraid I can't give you much advice because it looks spot on to me. We have to take into account the natural contrast of the scene, which would make the exposure very difficult with inevitable compromises to be made. As it happens you have protected the highlights at the expense of letting the shadows look after themselves, which is absolutely the correct thing to do. Furthermore, you have wisely resisted the temptation to attempt lifting the shadows in pp. I'm a firm believer with shots like this to just let shadows be shadows. Well done, super job!
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Re: Sunshine on the road

PS For my own education I'd love to see the unedited original.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

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PS For my own education I'd love to see the unedited original.
Thanks for the comments John
I will try and show the JPEG I took at the time tonight after work assuming I get home as its snowing.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

I can only reiterate John's advice.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

I agree with John although I think a tad leftwards on the "clarity" slider if you are using Adobe might give it a slightly more misty look.

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Re: Sunshine on the road

Looks OK to me. There should be some black on a shot like that. What's the point of a well lit dark forest?

Maybe a little oversaturated, but that could well be monitor differences, or just as likely that's what the scene looked like.
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Re: Sunshine on the road

Great colour and contrast....I would consider cropping off the RH side, just to the right of the third tree.....I think that bright area where the land falls away distracts from the road leading to the sun rays - maybe a square format would work.

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Re: Sunshine on the road

Here is the JPEG I shot at the time straight out of the camera I am not sure I improved it


PA293374 by alf.branch, on Flickr
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Re: Sunshine on the road

Looks right to me, but the leaning trees to the left draw the eye constantly. Maybe a play with perspective might balance it better ?
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Re: Sunshine on the road

Thanks for that but trees have a nasty habbit of not standing up straight
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