LindaShorey wrote:A great comparison for those still on the fence about delving into the addictive world of pp. Would the image hold up to a slight crop of the foreground or do you prefer the composition as-is? Another item, food for thought for many of us, if the image is not tilted, but appears to be slightly going downhill to left, does "straightening" produce a more comfortable feel for the casual viewer?
And thank you once more for sharing a bit about yours and Daphne's years together. Painful to remember, I know, but so full of love and joy and shared experiences too.
Thanks, Linda. I cropped it to a 16:9 "wallpaper" ratio. I thought the original in-camera crop had way too much foreground, but I also think it needs some foreground to emphasize the distance (I don't know how far they are, actually). As to the perception of a tilt, I'm pretty sure that's the lie of the rise in the foreground. I'd be disinclined to level it. I usually only level things that have water in them, but even there sometimes the curve of a shoreline is misleading. Often what I look for (if available) is a strong known vertical in or very near the center of the picture, and I will "plumb" that, letting everything else "fall." I am also not above using the straightening tools in either Lightroom or Photoshop, but also have to be careful as you can get a fakey look.
pop511 wrote:Charles, you have tufts of grass in the lower third, but nothing below it.
Can you crop the picture under those tufts?
I don't want to see the crop. Only for you to try at home and let me know.
Sure, Ed. That would turn it into a panoramic and could look good, but I also wonder if it would lose some of the sense of great distance imparted by having more foreground. I am thinking instead to clone them out. Either that or erase some of the darkening in that graduated filter, but I think removing them altogether might be better. They are a little distracting, so thanks for pointing that out.
Didereaux wrote:I like the rework. Seen those mtns, some rugged country. Did you do the Durango Rio steamer?
Monte, do you mean the Durango and Silverton? Because yes, we did, and did it in the open car! It was dusty and cold (there was still some snow on the ground) but we had a whale of a time! Daphne loved trains and train travel. Before we got our tiny trailer we went west three times
on the Amtrak, in chair car (!!!)
. We had hoped to be able to do it again in a sleeper but...