Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 2:41PM
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 2:59PM
Any processing doesn't seem to have degraded the image quality, so I don't think you pushed anything too far in that respect.
Those essentially blank white skies, though...those are pretty tough.
8445 should be OK because there's very little sky, the foliage pretty much fills the frame with the colors popping nicely, and the heron or crane or whatever it is (where's Whiteway when you need him ) is a nice little detail.
8459 definitely runs the risk of a lighting rejection. That vast white area just makes everything else look dark, exacerbated by the big white reflection it makes in the river's surface. Of course, that's just one Inspector's opinion. It's certainly one that could go either way.
(Edited on 2012-10-01 14:59:47 by donald_gruener)
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 3:10PM
Lighting is not great, flat skies not being that appealing. I much prefer the first one to the second. On the first one, the rapids at the bottm seem a little distracting, drawing the eye but there's not really enough of them. I'd probably crop those out to create a cleaner composition.
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 3:16PM
/Thanks Donald. The bird is a Great Blue Heron and a very patient one at that.
It was a flat gray overcast day yesterday without much definition in the clouds. Perhaps darkening that area, brightening the shore (light hand) might reduce the problems you've identified.
I'll give it a shot.
(Edited on 2012-10-01 15:18:02 by gladassfanny)
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 5:26PM
HERE is the result of darkening and brightening 8459. I believe it works much better.
Thanks Kelvinjay for your suggestions.