September 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm #53965
These are my top 4 pictures from my resent Photography Field Day in the Buffalo National River, Arkansas.
What do you think? How could I’ve composed them better? What about editing? Anything else?
With the tent, what one do you like better- light trails or no light trails? (On the one with light trails I Photoshoped the tent in because it was blown out. I also ps the sunrise to try and remove some of the lens flare.)
Thanks!September 10, 2020 at 5:34 pm #53972
I definitely like the lighting in the first picture. There’s more ambient, comfortable light about it.
It would have been really nice, in my opinion, if there had been a little more “sunset-like” colour in the sky, but that’s personal opinion.
I’ve attached the way I’d have edited your first tent picture; making the green light from the tent a little more warm (yellow vs green) and adding a little contrast. But again, this is probably personal preference.
Your other shots, particularly the sunset picture, are really awesome. I’m curious what the original sunset pic looked like; I’m continually trying to put in sun-flares, and not taking them out! But your final product looks great. Keep up the great work!
September 10, 2020 at 6:51 pm #53975
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Frazer Family.
Thank you @Frazerfamily.
How did you just warm up the tent and not the whole picture?
It would have been really nice, in my opinion, if there had been a little more “sunset-like” colour in the sky.
By the time we got back from our rainy hike that was all that was left of the sun. But it would have been nice to have both, sunset light and blue hour light.
I’ve attached my pre-photoshop sunrise picture. I had taken two shots on a tripod one with my finger over the sun.September 12, 2020 at 6:48 am #53989Joshua OngParticipant
The most beautiful natural phenomenon taken from an excellent vantage point. I really like the sunrise shot, with interesting elements in the foreground.
I also ps the sunrise to try and remove some of the lens flare.
I agree. It can be frustrating at times with the flares appearing in the frame when taking pictures of sunrises/sunsets. Fortunately, the less noticeable ones can be removed during photo processing.
But it would have been nice to have both, sunset light and blue hour light.
I guess, in the absence of golden hour lighting, the picture of the tent still appears inviting, illustrating night camping albeit without a starry sky.September 14, 2020 at 6:38 pm #54002
…@frazerfamily, how did you just warm up the tent and not the whole picture?…
It was pretty simple, actually. I simply used darktable‘s ‘color zones‘ tool (I think the rough equivalent in Lightroom is the HSL tool). Basically, I pushed the greens a bit down in the hue, to make them yellower.
This is one of darktable’s most powerful and useful tools, and if you use darktable, I recommend that you get to know it thoroughly.September 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm #54005
Thank you @Frazerfamily, I tried it in LR and it worked. I’ll have to keep that in mind for future pictures.
Thank you @joshua_ong for your input aswell.September 15, 2020 at 6:43 am #54006Joshua OngParticipant
This is one of darktable’s most powerful and useful tools, and if you use darktable, I recommend that you get to know it thoroughly.
How does darktable compare to RawTherapee? Is the former more powerful, offering more editing options, than the latter? Would darktable be a closer substitute to Lightroom than RawTherapee?
Sorry for my questions as I’m fairly new to this area of photography.September 15, 2020 at 6:41 pm #54007
How does darktable compare to RawTherapee?
That would be a question I’m not in a position to answer acurately. On first trial, I found Darktable more ergonomic and easier to learn than RawTherapee. (and that is NOT a compliment to RawTherapee!)
@buddingphotographer or another member might have some more useful comments than what I could give you.
I will say that Darktable has fulfilled all my needs as a amateur hobbyist.September 15, 2020 at 8:27 pm #54008
How does darktable compare to RawTherapee?
This is a bit off-topic, but here are some links you might find useful.
(only if you’ve signed up for the Foundations of Photography course)
Happy reading!September 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm #54256James StaddonKeymasterOctober 1, 2020 at 5:13 pm #54315
Your critique was helpful, Thanks!
It makes since that the tent is two big. Maybe in the field next to the first picture we took with the tent even bigger, we thought it was small enough. I want to try it again here at home. Maybe I can get stars as well!
With the waterfall, I must have given you the wrong dng; the attached picture has more space between the lower rock and the edge. Do you think that helps the eye flow better?
It also was insightful how you said having the sunrise “cooler” provided complimentary colors, I hadn’t thought of that.October 2, 2020 at 4:25 pm #54336James StaddonKeymaster
Yes! That second photo of the waterfall is better, with the space on the right side of the rock! The waterfall appears to be falling not perfectly straight down now, however. Perhaps straightening the photo is what caused the crop to be closer to the side of the rock in the first photo?
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