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Offline Chris82

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Something a little different
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:51:39 PM »
 I've seen some stunning, quality woodland images from various photographers and it's something i really struggle with so this morning i headed out into the Trossachs in the hope of there being some mist around on the lochs and to capture some autumn colours. Sunrise was fairly nice but i was rather uninspired today so headed into the woodland to try my hand at some woodland scenes. The light was flat which may or may not be good and it started raining a bit too.

Way out of my comfort zone so please don't hold back. Any pointers and feedback are most welcome.

#2 & 5 need re edited as i'm not happy with those

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Re: Something a little different
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 10:54:10 PM »
My favorites are the first and last for the combination of warm and cool colors.
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Re: Something a little different
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 12:06:32 AM »
Like Douglas my favourites are the first and last.

The last is closer to your usual style (as you are out of the woods),  my only comment on it would be that the left hand edge is a lot 'cleaner' than the right, where the two smaller trees in the background spoil the clear definition between the main tree and the picture edge (the left side is great in that respect).

The first I think may be suffering a bit from the weather - the hill / mountainside behind the trees looks a little washed out, giving a general lack of definition to the top 1/4 of the scene - the images I've seen of woodland like this that have worked have been ones where there is a good range of strong complimentary colours - reds and oranges as well as green and yellow, which is dependant on the right mix of trees at the right time of year.

Not sure if that helps much or not - I've also tried to get good woodland shots down here in the New Forest, and not quite come away with anything that I've felt has done justice to the majesty of the trees - wish I had the answer :)

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Re: Something a little different
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 03:31:29 AM »
Out of character is an understatement- not a drop of water in sight!
Again as always- the effect on me and not criticisms-
#3 and its cousin #1 for me.  The low saturation (or resistance to whomping up the saturation slider is nice).  So many folk automatically saturate the life out of these scenes.
That said, the highest contrast change is that dog or log left foreground ( I cannot tell what it is) and I personally would get rid of it.  It pulls my eye.
#3 over #1 as it lets the eye roam over the scene.
#2 gives me the feeling that I want to tilt it to the right.  I know it is the trees but that is what my brain tells me.
#4 has nowhere for my eye to rest- it is looking for a focal point or point of difference and cannot find one. 
#5 the tree, log and hillock just stop the eye
#6 All foreground, no middle ground and the background sky is un-interesting.

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Re: Something a little different
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 07:26:29 AM »
 Thanks a lot for the feedback. I knew you lot would be a wealth of information. I'll try agin on another trip but i'm not sure it's going to take off as a style for me. Too many biting bug in there!
I'll have another read through after work and work out how to improve next time out. Maybe i'll just stick to water and long exposures