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    Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Hi, this is my first post and I'm looking for honest feedback.
    I'm new to landscapes and not good with panoramas, so I try to focus on minimalism and emotional depth of the picture. Just tell me what do you think, if it's good or bad or either. On what to focus on and where to get better.

    Thanks

    Landscape,train, Slovakia.
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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Lukas
    In your first image, I understand that you are trying for minimalism. But the light coming through the trees from the background is too distacting for my likes, even in the minimal look you are going for.

    I think your forth image works much better towards your goal.

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Lukas

    I understand the point Pierre makes, but from a compositional point of view, I think #1 is the strongest image. I like how the elements in the image are arranged and there are good tones in it.

    In the second one, I can see that you have adhered to the Rule of Thirds and placed the tree strategically on an intersection. But, the the result, I think, is that the particular ratio (close to 5:4) does not suit it as well as some other might. I feel we have too much land in front of the tree that does not hold our interest.

    I think you can keep the tree on that intersection, but do so by trying alternative crops. The following are two such examples. The first one is cropped square (1:1). The second one is cropped at a 16:9 ratio. You may feel these are not as good as your original.

    1:1

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    16:9


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    I feel the others do not have a strong composition.

    But I do like your approach and style. This is something that, I am sure, will develop and you become more experienced.
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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Quote Originally Posted by PBelarge View Post
    Lukas
    In your first image, I understand that you are trying for minimalism. But the light coming through the trees from the background is too distacting for my likes, even in the minimal look you are going for.

    I think your forth image works much better towards your goal.
    Thanks I will keep that in mind.

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    Thanks for the advice! I like the second example, and I think its better than original. I really appreciate the examples.

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    My first thoughts, Lukas, were that some cropping of the bottom would be desirable. Then I scrolled down to find that Donald had done exactly what I was thinking.

    I would suggest that the others may be worth trying with similar editing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    My first thoughts, Lukas, were that some cropping of the bottom would be desirable. Then I scrolled down to find that Donald had done exactly what I was thinking.

    I would suggest that the others may be worth trying with similar editing
    Thanks I will take a look at it

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Cool shots - conditions are just like what we are having around here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Cool shots - conditions are just like what we are having around here....
    Thanks. At least there is fairy constant light

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    I cropped the bottom on the first one.
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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    That looks much better to me, Lukas.

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Lukas
    I also like the crop of the first image you have made. It seems that removing some of the dark foreground has helped this image.
    It is very good of you to take such criticism (although it is all meant for good, not bad).

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    I love these..!

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    I really like these images. They are depressing to me but, that adds to the interest; not detracts from it...

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Hi Lukas!

    I really like your minimalist approach. If you are new to this, then I think you are already off and running! They are great in B&W and as Richard mentioned, really convey a mood.

    Would it interfere with your vision to add some contrast to these in an attempt to make them appear a little less “flat”?

    #2, my personal fave, has some darkening in the sky on the left, close to the frame edge that I might be tempted to dodge to make the sky a little more even. In fact, so does 3 through 5 but it works better with them because it is on both sides (almost vignette-like). I might even consider cloning the little bit of hillside on the far right at the horizon line in #2.

    By your thread title (train) can we presume you are shooting out of a window? I think I am seeing some reflection in a couple of these and again wonder if the slight irregularities in the skies may be caused by this. I wonder if it is also causing some reflections in the foregrounds. It seems especially prevalent in #1 & #5 where you have a darker foreground. If you should so desire, I would bet that a little dodging/burning would help that a bit.

    Great series of shots, Lukas.

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    I very much like your approach to these images - something I aspire to myself. I cropped #2 to my own taste & set the black & white points in PS.

    Keep up the good work !

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    That looks much better to me, Lukas.
    Thanks to the helpful community

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBelarge View Post
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    I also like the crop of the first image you have made. It seems that removing some of the dark foreground has helped this image.
    It is very good of you to take such criticism (although it is all meant for good, not bad).
    Yeah I'm trying to develop and not to ignore all the help thats coming. Thanks

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    Re: Landscape,train, Slovakia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Mae View Post
    I love these..!
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    I really like these images. They are depressing to me but, that adds to the interest; not detracts from it...
    Well at least they evoke some something Thank you for reply.

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