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    Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    I am really on the fence about this photo, I can't decide if I really like it or not so I thought I would post it here and see what everyone else thinks. Please let me know. Thanks.

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    You've certainly been in some dramatic landscapes recently. For me I prefer your more 'foggy' one in an earlier post (even though it made we want to see behind the fog. I would crop some of the grass foreground and maybe make a square photo (for some reason I currently like square photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaye leggett View Post
    You've certainly been in some dramatic landscapes recently. For me I prefer your more 'foggy' one in an earlier post (even though it made we want to see behind the fog. I would crop some of the grass foreground and maybe make a square photo (for some reason I currently like square photos
    Thanks for your input, I am really having a love/hate relationship with the foreground. Without the foreground I think the photo is dull and maybe a little ordinary, with the foreground sometimes I think it could be distracting -- Thanks again for looking.

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    Yes, cropping the foreground, but not losing it entirely would be my starting point.

    At the moment there is a conflict between the foreground and background with both competing to be the 'main attraction'.

    And there is a problem with scale. It appears as though you either have giant grass or miniature trees. There isn't a gradual perspective fade here.

    Certainly a scene which is worth a bit more experimentation.

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    I agree with Geoff. Crop most of the foreground and especially whatever that object is on the right in the grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    Yes, cropping the foreground, but not losing it entirely would be my starting point.

    At the moment there is a conflict between the foreground and background with both competing to be the 'main attraction'.

    And there is a problem with scale. It appears as though you either have giant grass or miniature trees. There isn't a gradual perspective fade here.

    Certainly a scene which is worth a bit more experimentation.
    Geoff, Okay I did a little experimentation, is it too much?? not enough?? Thanks for all input.

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    Kathy, IMHO you did a good job on the crop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital View Post
    Kathy, IMHO you did a good job on the crop.


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    Thanks Bruce, I also did a few adjustments to the colors. Thanks for your input!

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    I think it's a great shot as it is!

    I've been there several times, both near and far and in both summer and winter. This is as good a shot as any I've seen.

    As to the crop suggestion, that's one opinion. Mine is that the foreground adds depth to the image and conveys the height of the obelisk better than without the foreground. I wouldn't change it!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen View Post
    I think it's a great shot as it is!

    I've been there several times, both near and far and in both summer and winter. This is as good a shot as any I've seen.

    As to the crop suggestion, that's one opinion. Mine is that the foreground adds depth to the image and conveys the height of the obelisk better than without the foreground. I wouldn't change it!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks Zen for sharing your opinion, I kept the orginal photo along with the new one I posted . . .

    Kathy

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    Looks like you pushed up the saturation and contrast a touch where were going to be my suggestions. I think your grass crop could be taken up to just where the slight demarcation between light and dark occurs. . Did you add a slight vignette? I like the effect (I have no real consistency in my preferences for vignetting, I'm in a pro-vignetting phase at present).

    Really nice shot

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Very nice.
    Thanks John!!

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    Absolutely gorgeous...

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    Crop looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdoc856 View Post
    Looks like you pushed up the saturation and contrast a touch where were going to be my suggestions. I think your grass crop could be taken up to just where the slight demarcation between light and dark occurs. . Did you add a slight vignette? I like the effect (I have no real consistency in my preferences for vignetting, I'm in a pro-vignetting phase at present).

    Really nice shot
    Thanks Kevin!! I appreciate your advice!

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    By cropping, the focus of attention felt on the tower; otherwise it was divided more in favor of the foreground
    Well done

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    Kathy - the 2nd crop is better. Very well done. Beautiful.

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    Re: Devils Tower . . . not sure if this photo really works or not??

    Yep - the crop nails it.

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