June 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm #31310
Hey! My family and I went fishing the other day at this beautiful lake near by. I decided to take my camera along, and was glad I did – I ended up spending more time taking pictures than fishing! When I was there there it felt almost moody with smoke rising in the distance and the looming mountains framing a valley on either side of the lake. I was determined to capture a masterpiece. But unfortunately, (like so many other times) I really struggled to capture the mood I was going for and a compelling composition. It just didn’t turn out how it felt it looked when I was there. And now that I’m done editing it, it looks more like a sunny, summers day! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on capturing the mood you’re trying too and some more in depth landscape composition tips. I feel like my landscape images often end up flat without the ‘pop’ factor and really don’t do the real scene justice. I’m also interested in your thoughts on the image I’ve submitted – composition, editing etc.
And of course if anyone else has any critique or thoughts, I’d love to hear them too! 🙂
The first image is the unedited version. I originally attempted to remove the lens flare in Lightroom with the spot removal tool – bad idea! Then I attempted it with Photoshop using multiple layers and the clone tool. (using this tutorial) I wasn’t entirely happy with the result as I think it looks a bit blurry, but it was a better job than the spot removal tool. Does anyone have any thoughts on lens flare removal?
Shot in Manual
Aperture – f/14
Shutter Speed – 1/50 sec.
ISO – 100
Focal Length – 17 mm
Camera – Canon EOS 60D
Lens – Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8June 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm #31398
I wasn’t exactly sure what to think about these photos when I saw them the first time….an epic place, that’s for sure! But there certainly is a lot of lens flare too!
Here are my comments on how I would solve that problem, plus my answers to your questions about composition and landscape photography: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar061218/
I love seeing the new places you visit, photograph, and share here on the forums!June 17, 2018 at 3:00 am #31425
Thanks, @jamesstaddon! Good idea for editing in B&W. I’m going to give a shot. Also, I checked the front of my lens – so dirty! I’ve cleaned it up, so hopefully won’t have so many problems with lens flare now. Thanks for the tips – now I want to get out there and shoot some more landscapes! 🙂
I wasn’t able to watch it live, but really enjoyed the replay. A huge thank you to Donnie Rosie and you for spending so much of your time critiquing my photos. It was fun hearing your different perspectives/takes and ideas – I learnt a lot!June 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm #31442
A huge thank you to Donnie Rosie and you for spending so much of your time critiquing my photos
Our pleasure!June 20, 2018 at 6:55 am #31461
Another option for dealing with lens flare: if you shoot on a tripod, just take one photo as normal, and one with your fingers blocking the sun, and then merge them together. Sometimes, it helps to use the 5 sec timer to prevent camera movement between shots from pressing the shutter button.
June 20, 2018 at 8:23 am #31472
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Great examples!June 25, 2018 at 3:26 am #31578
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