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Critique Impressionistic landscape

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by Mike Buckley, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. One hour after sunrise in Madikwe Game Preserve in South Africa near the Botswana border. I tried several things I've never done before, so your critique is especially welcome.

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  2. Nicely done...fog can turn an ordinary photograph into something extraordinary. It really makes this photograph. I like the panoramic cropping choice as well. Excellent work.

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  3. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    I agree with Glenn's comments. I think the OOF foreground balances the foggy upper portion of the image and adds to the feel of the image. The viewer's eye wanders around the image but goes back to the center of the image.
  4. I like what you've done here Mike. For me, the image is similar to one that you typically see in older images in a geographic magazine from a bygone era. The fog and processing that you chose adds to the concept. Well done.
  5. merlin


    Oct 12, 2010
    Northern New Mexico
    Merlin Emrys
    Excellent! The fog does wonders for the scene, as does the perspective.
  6. like it. Reminds me of something prehistoric,
  7. Love it. I'm jealous! There is a great sense of mystery.
  8. I agree with all of the above. A beautiful image Mike.
  9. Thank you, everyone!

    I wish I had a file with more depth of field that would make the foreground bushes a little sharper, as I wonder if a tad more sharpness in that area would be attractive.
  10. I like this a lot better than the B&W photo you posted earlier. I think your treatment works well. To me, however, it lacks a real point of interest. I think I see a person under a tree near the center, but it doesn't stand out.

    More foreground sharpness would also help.
  11. Thanks, Jim! There is hopefully no person in the image, as the area is filled with dangerous, wild animals. I could eliminate the dead tree trunk that I believe is posing as a person to eliminate any confusion. I, like you, wonder if a tad more sharpness in the foreground would help.
  12. davidw


    Mar 2, 2013
    yes. this works well...
  13. I like it as it is--the softness enhances the fog. The focus, if you'll pardon the pun, to me is the row of trees hiding in the bank of fog. The foreground shrubbery provides a counterpoint. I really like the different layers that are arrayed horizontally in the frame.
  14. The fog makes one think some large animals are set to come onto the scene.
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  15. Thank you to David, Allan and again to Nick!

    I'll be more than happy to pardon you but only if you admit that you were drinking some really good wine. :D  Seriously, thanks so much for mentioning those trees. I applied the Dehaze tool to those trees to help them stand out a bit. I used some other tools to ensure that everything in between them remained without definition.

    If I had not mentioned in my first post that this is a scene in a game reserve, I wonder if you would have thought that. Even if not, I have no problem with some photos being enhanced by a contextual explanation.
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  16. Considering the discussion of what does or doesn't act as a point of interest, the markup shown below indicates the point of interest for me.

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  17. It has an eerie mystical feel to this shot, I think the pano crop also makes this one work. I feel if one messes to much with a shot then it's not real.

    “Individually you can pick holes in any photo you take, that’s the nature of photographers”: Timothy Allen

    " Show a photo to 100 people and you get 100 different opinions"

  18. And if 1 of them is an economist, then you'll get 101 opinions. :cautious: 

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  19. Interesting comments about "point of interest" ;) . I've never understood the assertion that to be "good" a photograph must have a point of interest. Yes, most do, but sometimes the interest comes from how the image lets the eye travel happily through the whole scene. "Impressionistic landscape" is one such.
  20. Thank you also to Alan and Bill!

    And the 101st opinion will begin with, "On the other hand,..." President Harry Truman famously said he wanted economists that have only one hand.

    Though I agree with you, this landscape for me isn't impressionistic enough in style to be totally successful without a point of interest, not that this image is totally successful, at least not in my mind.
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