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  1. #1261
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
    Brilliant capture. Very nice compostion and colours.

    VG play, nice pictures. I like the second one most.

    Here are some pictures of today's sunset here in the Netherlands. In the second picture I used the flash to illuminate the foreground.

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    I just had to comment as these 2 photos are AWESOME!!
    How much PP did you do - not that it matters - it's an excellent job
    Also - that fill in flash worked beautifully
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    Phew!!! I agree with Geoff they are fantastic. Must try that foreground flash technique.
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    Thanks for the kind words, Geoff and Phill.

    I didn't do much post processing on these. On the first I brightened the shadows a little and I boosted the colours a little bit.

    In the second picture I had to darken some of the flash lit reed. Some were almost blown out. I had to use a strong flash, though, to make sure that the reed further away would also be lit. Also, I warmed up the colours of the reed, because the light from the flash was a bit too cool. You could use Gelatin filters for the flash to get this right in-camera.
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    Reed Sunset by Prospero

    Prospero

    The reed flash sunset shot is excellent!

    Below, my humble contribution to this beautiful thread, one of my first sunset shots using a Fuji S700/S5700:

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    (Sunset mode, 1/150, f/4.0, ISO64)

    cheers,

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    here is my contribution:


    I really liked the lines of the trees leading down to the building. I think it draws the eyes in.
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    Thanks again Benjamin.
    I really like your picture too. Beautiful vibrant colours. Very nice.

    Here's another HDR. I wasn't too sure about the composition myself. Something seemed off. C&C welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prospero View Post
    Thanks again Benjamin.
    I really like your picture too. Beautiful vibrant colours. Very nice.

    Here's another HDR. I wasn't too sure about the composition myself. Something seemed off. C&C welcome.

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    Hi Dennis

    Thank you.
    I like this too, but it doesn't quite have the same visual impact as the reed flash shot. It is beautiful, but feels a little unbalanced, the only thing I can suggest is that maybe the tall grass on the right in the foreground unbalances the rest of the composition...
    I like the shorter grass/reeds in the foreground, I like the stumps in the water running through the mid ground drawing your eye into the image and I like the distant tree line shadow, but having a really tall foreground element on one side of the photo only seems to unbalance it in some way...
    Over all I love the colour and overall effect. It too is a beautiful photo!

    Hope the above was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin2007 View Post
    Hi Dennis

    Thank you.
    I like this too, but it doesn't quite have the same visual impact as the reed flash shot. It is beautiful, but feels a little unbalanced, the only thing I can suggest is that maybe the tall grass on the right in the foreground unbalances the rest of the composition...
    I like the shorter grass/reeds in the foreground, I like the stumps in the water running through the mid ground drawing your eye into the image and I like the distant tree line shadow, but having a really tall foreground element on one side of the photo only seems to unbalance it in some way...
    Over all I love the colour and overall effect. It too is a beautiful photo!

    Hope the above was helpful.
    Thanks for your comment. That's really helpful. I think you're right about the balance. I included the tall reed to get a bit more depth in the picture. I guess in this case the placement of the reed sort of ruins the balance.
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    I think if you just crop off some of the bottom of the shot it gives it better balance & then the tall reed looks fine. It sort of gives a diagonal curved line splitting the shot into two even halves & throws the eye into the centre more. Just my take.
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    Sort of like this.
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