This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago on a back road twenty minutes or so from my house. It is three shots merged in Photomatix. I took the result and did more processing in PSE10 to bring out more detail in the sky. I have a couple questions. 1)Does the fence post work here? 2)Did I over do it on the sky?
I think you did an excellent job of the light. I like the fence but I wish the pole were slightly thinner. Or of course a little further as it is now, I think, a bit too prominent. All in all I like it. I would rather have it with the pole than without.
Thank you, Aart. There was no way to back away from the fence as that side of the road was raised a few feet above the road's surface. Even though the post is prominent, I thought that it gave a nice sense of scale as well as interest with it's grain pattern.
I like the fence post. And it's really necessary---otherwise the wire would be totally out of context. You would either have to crop the wire or clone it out. And then the foreground would be just empty.
Do you have any shots composed so that the hills behind the fencepost (in this shot) are more prominent? That's a very pretty winter hillside.
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I agree with Aart and Diane. Great sky, difficult foreground. Without seeing the overall scene, it is impossible to say what else you could have done. But you definitely needs something in th foreground.
It was a difficult shooting situation, Antero. The only thing I had going for me was the time of morning. Otherwise I would have been afraid to stop at this spot at all. I wanted to catch those rays while I could. We both know how quickly the light can change. Thanks for commenting as always.
Thank you, Diane. I don't have any shots that are much different than this. I only took a couple of bursts because of the location. As I said in my reply to Aart, this side of the road was raised and there was no room on the other side to pull off. So there I was stopped in the road, a curvy road I might add, trying to capture those sun rays. It was early and the road is not terribly busy, but I didn't want to take a chance on someone coming around the curve behind me. The roadway drops rapidly from this spot and at the bottom is someone's house, shed and some power poles. There was not a really good view anyway.
The sky is rendered nicely although it does show some color noise, mostly purples in the right half. If I lived in an area like this I would never see my home! For me the fence post and fencing don't work. It's the wire fencing mostly it really takes away from the beauty of this scene as it almost seems to cut it in half. Also I agree with Diane, I want to see more of the darker ridge line in the background. I know the shooting conditions were tough I have been in those same conditions on the side of the road often. If you could have stood on top of that fence post this image might look a whole lot different being able to see the hidden ridge line. Processing looks great.