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Myles Baker

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I've always struggled with landscape images, particularly composition. Occasionally I get one I really like.
I'd like some critique of the attached image, starting with the composition and also the editing. Note: I do not have a calibrated monitor & tend to edit so that it looks good on a smartphone screen, which is how I normally share my photos and I have a tendency to over-saturate (personal preference).
I've attached the unedited raw file, my initial edit (jpeg) using Adobe Camera Raw & an additional edit where I have used Photoshop's oil-painting filter. I plan to print the oil-painting version on textured paper, because I really like the look of this as an oil-painting. The edited jpeg is much closer to how I saw the scene than the unedited raw.
The photo itself was taken with the Canon RP & the RF24-105 f4, handheld (I was traveling without a tripod) at f4, 1/320 of a second & ISO 100 at a focal length of 42mm, auto white balance, camera faithful. Because I was handholding, I used a faster shutter speed & wider aperture than I would have if using a tripod & I zoomed in to cut out a road to the left. The image itself is uncropped.
Any critique, positive, negative or anywhere in between is welcome.
 

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I think you have done a nice job here overall, for me the second shot has a bit more vibrance than I prefer but that's just me. I think the filter effect in the 3rd image is going in a nice direction but if it was me, I would lower the opacity of the filter if that is possible; the texture is a bit overwhelming to my eye.
 
I agree with Chris’ view - a nice job overall, but the second is a little oversaturated for my taste and the texture effect too severe.
 
I think you have done a nice job here overall, for me the second shot has a bit more vibrance than I prefer but that's just me. I think the filter effect in the 3rd image is going in a nice direction but if it was me, I would lower the opacity of the filter if that is possible; the texture is a bit overwhelming to my eye.
Thanks for the feedback. I do get a bit heavyhanded on vibrance / saturation. The texture on the 3rd one is intentional because I want an oil painting look when printed and less texture can leave it looking a bit flat. That is very much a work in progress. I am doing a few test prints and will adjust as needed before getting a large print made.
 
I agree with Chris’ view - a nice job overall, but the second is a little oversaturated for my taste and the texture effect too severe.
Thanks for the feed-back. Appreciated.
 
With regards to the 3rd mimicking Oil Painting: Painters never have that much control over their brush to achieve a perfect repeated pattern...mistakes happen.

Rather than using that particular filter have you ever tried adding a layer of texture? I tried it once as an experiment and it wasn't "too bad". I did an Internet search for Painted Texture, or something similar. I am totally disorganized with my photo experiments.
 
With regards to the 3rd mimicking Oil Painting: Painters never have that much control over their brush to achieve a perfect repeated pattern...mistakes happen.

Rather than using that particular filter have you ever tried adding a layer of texture? I tried it once as an experiment and it wasn't "too bad". I did an Internet search for Painted Texture, or something similar. I am totally disorganized with my photo experiments.
Thanks for the suggestion Dean, I'll give that a try.
 
I just threw this together from this iStock photo

First was to change the texture to B&W then opacity set to 35%.

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  • Canon EOS R5
  • RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
  • 500.0 mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/4000 sec
  • ISO 800
 
Hi Myles, I think it’s an interesting scene, but for me I see most of that interest in the middle of the frame and would crop out some of the top, and the bottom to focus the viewer there.
 

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