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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. πŸ™‚

    #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 πŸ™‚

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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
    Participant

    Very nice! Like @dhancock mentioned I would straighten the horizon. Personally, I like the cropped version better as it narrows in on what’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 it’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 didn’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 πŸ˜€ 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
    Participant

    @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. πŸ˜€ Hope that encourages you πŸ˜€

    #34960

    Kina Lamb
    Participant

    @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 πŸ˜€

    #34961

    Kina Lamb
    Participant

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

    • This reply was modified 3 days, 7 hours ago by  Kina Lamb.
    #34978

    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

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

    #34981

    Ben Glick
    Participant

    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….

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