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  • #34734

    Ryan Madaris
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    I took this photograph from a kayak on a lake in Alabama, close to where I live in Georgia. Any thoughts?

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    #34739

    Clara Johnson
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    This photograph is really fascinating to me. When I first looked at it I thought “that would make a really cool book cover,” especially making me think of some jungle missionary biography. Anyway, I think what contributes to that is the mood that is created by the colors and the moisture in the air, creating an intriguing and a rather mystical look.

    The bird in the top left-hand corner… is a bit out of place. It would have been nice had there been more birds. But since it’s just that one in the upper corner, I think that it has to go.

    Here’s just my two cents, but I think this would make a beautiful background for a Scripture verse. If you find somebody to hand letter a verse, you could put it in the upper part of the photo over the sky, or you could even play around with fonts to do it a little easier.

    #34740

    Ryan Madaris
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    @clarajohnson, thank you!

    #34742

    Ben Glick
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    Hey man! A couple of thoughts. 1, I don’t know what kinda of camera you took this with, specs would be helpful to work with, but uh quality is looking a little low. 2, could use a bit of enhancement, I think it could help a lot to change maybe just the tint or exposure, of the photo using editing; or if you shot this using a DLSR camera, go to manual mode and put it in a pretty low ISO mode, to get the photo to look darker, adding just a touch of blur. I would also say I have to agree with Clara, the bird, its just eh, maybe use a blemish removal setting if you have one to touch up over that and remove it? And 3, finally, choose one spot to focus on, either get your phone/camera to focus on the water, or the sky, or the landscape in the background, but at this point I strongly feel it didn’t focus on any of them, the camera was just like, “meh”. Does that make sense? If you got any questions, or you wanna send this to me, I would love to work with you and help you make this photo better so that you get the quality out of the photo that you deserve! Thanks, Ben.

    #34743

    Ryan Madaris
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    @ryanben2, thanks for the ideas! I agree, it isn’t the best quality. What say you about this photo from a different area of the lake?

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    Ben Glick
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    Hey Ryan! I would say much better quality! I would also like to put input on this, and I know this is going to come across harsh, and that’s not what I intend. But these photo’s just for all intents and purposes aren’t special, maybe to a person from that area, (maybe its hard to find/reach, or maybe it’s sentimental to you) but me as the “viewer” in this instance finds nothing about this where I am like, “wow! I want to buy this photo!” Does that make sense? Why? Why is this photo better than ever other photo of this lake? Do you know what I’m talking about? I have attached two photo’s one of them is very normal, kinda bad quality, not very special, the other one is very much so blacked out and has rays of light streaming down, adding to the viewer appeal. If you were to ask me why should I buy the second photo, I would thus say something like, “I have not only captured these mountains but also sun rays cascading down the… etc.” And you would be able to see that. So I not only ask but I challenge you, take your time, find a photo, send/post it, and then I will look at it again. I would love to see your photo’s taken from normal to professional! I can help, @jamesstaddon is far better than I am though, if your really seeking help, ask him! But if you want to send me the photo via email, I can send mine to you, and we can work on it together! Love to help man! It shows a lot of maturity and wisdom in asking a seeking help. Stay at it!

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    Ben Glick
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    Hey Ryan, I didn’t mention some of this stuff earlier, but I have really found myself quite impressed with several factors in your photo. I love with the exposure in this photo! It is good that you took this photo on a cloudy day since it often removes the water-sunlight reflection that ruins a photo! It is also cool that you have that dock on the lefthand side of the photo. I like that aspect a lot! I also like the reflection of the water along with the ripples! I struggle with that effect and I am impressed with the fact that you achieved that so seamlessly!

    #34752

    Ryan Madaris
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    @ryanben2, thanks! I don’t think it’s harsh; any photographer needs to be able to hear constructive criticism. Truly, I wouldn’t buy this photo if I saw it, I just like it for myself. I’m attaching this last photo, which I consider the best photo I’ve taken at this particular lake.

    By far, none of these images are my best landscape photos, simply because all were shot from a kayak in low light.

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    Ben Glick
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    Now that’s what I’m talking about! That is an amazing photo! The orange glow! The kind of misty background! I am so taken with this photo! This is the kind of stuff I wish I was able to capture! This kind of photo is surrounded by complete raw beauty! Love how you put something into focus! It’s either the trees on the middle left or the sunlight in the water directly to the lower/middle right-hand side!

    I have a question for you, would you be opposed to me taking one of these photo’s for a day, editing, and then sending it back here to you, and seeing what we could do with it together?

    #34755

    Ryan Madaris
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    @ryanben2, thank you! Go ahead!

    #34756

    Ben Glick
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    Here, take a look at this one, it is your second photo, with a lot of editing and a little bit of photoshopping. It is still in a bit of the rough stage, but I would love to work with you and your ideas!

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    #34758

    Ben Glick
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    @rmadaris There were a couple of aspects I changed, one, I put in an inspirational quote to pull away from people looking at the imperfections of the photo. Saturation was greatly increased, along with horizontal focus. (quick note, I put your name in the bottom right hand side, to avoid copyright, just another way of letting people know this is your photo not mine 🙂 ) I also changed the exposure of the sky to get rid of the overcast look/appearance, and tried to make the photo look more naturally blue! Then I photoshopped a lens flare onto the water/sky which was used for reference if it wasn’t already obvious that the sky “is” sunny. I would love to hear your inputs or justifications of this photo, along with if you think it gave justice to what you took this photo to capture! Thanks, Ben.

    #34760

    Ryan Madaris
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    Wow! Quite nice! Originally, this photo was really just a snapshot, so I didn’t really put that much into it, but I love your edit! The lens flare is really nice, and the water looks much better as well.

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