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  • #34818

    Josiah Waldner
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    Here is a pic I took a while ago, and just edited. Any thoughts? I should have bracketed the exposure to gain more detail in the highlights, but I didn’t have a tripod. The lighting was beautiful- around 6:45 pm near Desert Watchtower, at the Grand Canyon.
    Canon 70d
    Tamron 15-300 3.5-6
    1/200 sec
    F/10
    320 iso.

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    #34820

    Jinny Schober
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    AMAZING photo! I REALLY want to go the Grand Canyon someday. Maybe next time you could try zooming in a bit to try to minimize the extra space on the left side of the photo. Again, great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #34828

    Josiah Waldner
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    Thanks. Here is a cropped version. Hope you get your chance to go: if you do, you should try to be at the Desert Watchtower for sunset. I really didn’t get any good pictures during the day, but during sunrise and sunset, there were ample opportunities for a novice photographer to get good results. I had my camera for only 2 weeks when this picture was taken ๐Ÿ™‚

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    #34836

    Daniel Hancock
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    Hey Josiah, This photo looks really good! I like the full version, as it gives a sense of space – something the Grand Canyon is known for. I would rotate the image slightly to correct the horizon. Some people like sun glare, others don’t. Depending on your preference, you could always remove that.

    #34838

    Dan Cope
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    Very nice! Like @dhancock mentioned I would straighten the horizon. Personally, I like the cropped version better as it narrows in on whatโ€™s interesting. In fact I would actually crop it in a little more. Your foreground is nice and well edited. I really like how you captured the lighting! A good foreground is often what sets a photo apart from others and makes it look less like a snapshot! What makes this foreground work is the one little clump of sagebrush that stands out in the lower right hand corner. The fact that itโ€™s surrounded by orange-colored grass (or whatever it is lol) adds to the visual impact. I think I would try to figure out a way to emphasize that even a little more in post processing.

    I should have bracketed the exposure to gain more detail in the highlights, but I didnโ€™t have a tripod.

    That would have been great! Especially if you could have obtained a nice sunburst effect just as the sun was slipping below the horizon! It would have added interest to the left side to help balance out the photo. I have actually bracketed exposures without a tripod. As long as you can hold the camera very close to the same position, you should still be able to align the exposures in post processing.

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    #34855

    Josiah Waldner
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    I guess I didn’t notice the crooked horizon. Thanks for pointing that out! I don’t mind sun flare, but I did take it out, along with some of the people at the overlook.
    Do you have any suggestions for improving the foreground as was mentioned? i played around with it a bit, but didn’t come up with much.
    I’ve done multiple exposures without a tripod too, but I probably did not know what HDR even was then. Even now, I still struggle with how much data to capture. Shooting straight into the sun requires a huge range to capture everything, and to me it looks odd to have everything form the darkest shadows to the sun perfectly exposed. Here is one with the sun’s rays I was able to get.

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    #34868

    Dan Cope
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    Here’s kind of what I had in mind with my suggested edit to the foreground. I emphasized the clump of sagebrush and the surrounding color by brightening it and adding contrast. I brought out the color a little more by using color balance layers. I also darkened some of the other foliage and removed a few distractions, including the people! They all came back so I told them to leave again ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t know that this would work very well unless you use the tight crop as I’ve done. Otherwise the sagebrush is so small, it doesn’t stand out very well.

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    #34875

    Josiah Waldner
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    Nice! It certainly does have some extra “punch” I think I like the uncropped version better though. I should see if I have one that emphasizes the sagebrush more.

    #34959

    Kina Lamb
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    @josiahw I just had to mention this – I had your first picture up on my screen and my oldest brother walked in. He turned around, took a look, then stood up real stiff and said “WHOOA!!” Then he leaned in real close and said “YIKES that’s a good picture!!!” That’s a really good compliment from him. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope that encourages you ๐Ÿ˜€

    #34960

    Kina Lamb
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    @josiahw Not to make anything more confusing – and I haven’t read all the other comments, etc., all I’ve done is look at all the pictures – but I’m still a big fan of the first one compared to all the others. I don’t like the crop so very much, nor the added light. It kind of seems to white-wash the whole thing, and your color was excellent in the first one. Taking the people out might be a good idea, but I also like it with them. That’s my two cents ๐Ÿ˜€

    #34961

    Kina Lamb
    Participant

    Ooh, I like the foreground edits a great deal @dan-cope ๐Ÿ˜€

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    #34978

    Josiah Waldner
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    Thanks! I can’t claim to have done anything right taking it- it was pure chance:)

    #34981

    Ben Glick
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    Bro, first photo is by far the best, allow me to respectfully disagree with a lot of people… There is absolutely NO way I could possible think of making this photo any better by editing, this is the most spectacular photo I think I have seen on this so far, like mind blown dude….

    #35109

    Dan Cope
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    Thanks Kina!

    I canโ€™t claim to have done anything right taking it- it was pure chance:)

    I disagree! True, there are those times when you’re in a great location with great lighting and it seems that you can just “point and shoot” and come away with an impressive picture, but even so, there are some things here that you’ve done right! Not everything about your picture was “pure chance”!

    #35254

    Jamie Parfitt
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    I love the PURPLE photo, too! No one is commenting on it, but it is very nice. Naomi said it could be a stock photo. She also thinks it would make a really nice verse picture. I like how the sun rays coming TOWARD the photographer (or picture viewer) also seem to be going THROUGH the layered “hills” toward the left. I didn’t word that well, but it reminded me of when I took an oil painting class when I was in high school (37 years ago!). We were constantly being told to put light next to dark and dark next to light. The contrast makes the subject, or several subjects, stand out.

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