minniev wrote:Very nice Erich. You got perfect light and you handled it well, retaining all the detail in the lights and the delicate colors in the clouds. Your angle, to my view, is as near perfect as you can get. I don't know what you did to get this glow/glasslike look but it works to create even more sense of depth. As for suggestions, I would probably brighten the darks in the porch and shrub just a touch to try and retrieve a bit more detail, but too much would look unnatural and HDR-ish. This is a very appealing image.
uuglypher wrote:I know this mansion, have been there and inside several times, and over the years have taken some pictures...none memorable. This image of yours, just after sunrise, yet with mansion not yet in direct illumination is remarkable for the ... mood it projects...which I know doesn't characterize the mood other than by its unique nature. It seems to me to me to be something of a morning version of the subdued lighting on a snowy mountain that briefly follows upon the passage of the "alpenglow" of the low, falling sun at day's end. I don't have a name for it, but that's how I see what you have captured here.
"Anticipatory morning glow" ??? doesn't quite roll off the tongue, though......does it ?
Duck wrote:I really like framing the house within the trees. It creates a sense of space without crowding the house. The lower angle of view adds a majesty befitting the structure, specially with that cupola reaching upwards. One addition that would add a lot of life to this image would be some light coming through a window or two, but that may be a far reach. Specially if the house is vacant or otherwise out of bounds.
That 'glow' seems to be caused by haloing that is happening on the contrasting edges. To me, it seems like you pushed the contrast a bit too much (I could be wrong) for the image and my question would be, "why?" Is it for effect or mood? When I reduce the contrast in this image I see the shadow detail so much better, albeit with less drama. Without any feedback I can only conjecture as to what you are trying to accomplish and, if my guess is correct, I think there might be better ways of accomplishing it rather than pushing contrast.
Viewing the image in its posted resolution is definitely better as the shadows don't get as crushed from being compressed to the smaller size. The texture of the stucco, however, really stands out and that is because of the contrast push. Kind of like when an image gets oversharpened, all you notice is the texture. Also, because it is sunrise, I half expect the image to be a bit warmer, specially in the clouds.
I love the subject, but then I am partial to old victorian houses for their charm and architectural character. For this image I love the framing, though I wonder if a couple steps to the left could have helped in a few areas; the cupola and the tree are almost touching, reducing the visual strength of that part of the building and the outbuilding just over the rise, bottom left, could use some separation. I also wonder if those couple of step would show us a bit more of the side of the house giving us a better sense of size. As is I can just barely distinguish the roof line through the trees.
Of course there is a lot of subjectivity and it really depends on what the final vision you have for this image. It's a great subject and looks like the original file will allow you to play with processing this in any number of ways.
Just my two bits.
ErichBrunner wrote:I've shot this mansion before and never came up with anything that I really liked. Today, I happened to be there right as the sun was coming up. Since it was very early, I had the place to myself and could take my time looking for good angles to shoot this mansion from. Also, the light was really in my favor this morning. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
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