Nature Study Group #2: Padma Inguva
Title: Sunrise at the Pond
Goal: I wanted to see the reflections of the clouds during the sunrise
Source: Canon T3i
Technique: Wanted the depth of field and orange clouds reflecting in the water below
Processing: IN Lightroom, I have changed the white balance, increased clarity and vibrance, applied lens corrections.
Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)
Posted by belindak on Feb 19th, 2013To be an early riser...... Lovely reflections, brilliant colors. Very striking. I find the silhouetted trees especially appealing, and you chose a nice angle for the composition. The silhouettes, shadows and protruding sticks lead the eye nicely.
Uncertain about breaking the rule-of-thirds for the shot. Having done it before, beautiful scenes like yours present a dilemma. My immediate impulse would be to present all of it. But, moving the silhouettes away from mid-frame might give more impact. It helps me to ask myself what impressed me most and what do I want to share. Personally, I would crop the sky to focus attention on reflections (your goal); cropping foreground works equally well, but the focus then becomes the sky. Either way, nicely seen!
N3, T3, P2, Total 8
Posted by rickc on Mar 22nd, 2013Nicely seen with good execution. Your exposure is fine and preserves detail in both the sky and the reflections. Your development adjustments seem reasonable though we are likely pushing the boundary where the added vibrance is close to becoming overdone. For what you were working with and your stated objective I feel you have done an excellent job. I can live with the symmetrical presentation based on your goal. However, the image would be technically stronger with the foreground cropped. That is based solely on the added detail and interest in the sky. Was there the possibility of another vantage point that might have lessened the density of the tree shadows and bring more of the open water reflection into play?
N2 T3 P3 - 8
Posted by arasputnis on Apr 16th, 2013First of all sorry for my bad English (English is not my first language)
I think that image little bit to heavy for frame, so some crop could make this image "pictorial" way better, but this is up to photographer.
N-3, T-3, P-2
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Hi, My name is Padma and I just joined PSA. I am a beginner photographer. Just bought my dslr (Canon T3i) in December. Ever since I have been busy learning about how to to take better pictures. I am now familiar with my camera and comfortable shooting in manual mode. I have been taking photography classes or going on field trips every month and eagerly absorbing as much information as possible. I have a Canon kit lens 18-135mm, Canon 70-300mm IS, Canon 100mm Macro, Canon 50mm Macro, Sigma 10-20mm. I also have Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 5. I am not really proficient in PS but am OK with LR.
I am looking forward to join the study group and improve upon my knowledge.