Spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2009 times:
First of all Josh, it isn't centered very well. If you crop it a little tighter, but keeping the Sun in it, it would look ten times better. Overall it's a fantastic shot to begin with and I feel it can only become better with a little work. It also appears unlevel; the horizon seems to rise to the right of the image. If it's possible, try to sharpen it a tad, too. Hope this is what you were after.
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Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3069 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1995 times:
Lovely colours. I agree with Spencer that you need to lose some of that 'dead space' on the left. I would suggest cropping much closer to the setting sun, so that you balance the space to the left and right of the main subject. I also agree that you need to try to make sure an imaginary line drawn through the top of those trees is horizontal, so that the impression is given that the photo is level.
Have you already applied any sharpening? If not I would give it a go, but try to make sure there are no obvious jaggies around the silhouette. If you need any help with editing just say the word.
If it gets through screening I think it will attract a lot of hits. Good luck.
INNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3773 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1981 times:
Very nice shot. Rotate it, as mentioned by Paul and Spencer. I'd say 0,62° cw.
Even though the motive is great, and in terms of photography excellent, here you might get it rejected for not being centered, so my advice would be keep the same amount of space on the right side, but on the left crop very close to the sun, so that a quite some dead space can be avoided.
Hope it will make it.
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