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Aerial #2

Any comments or ratings are appreciated! :-)


Lou Ann Aepelbacher , November 15, 2004; 09:05 A.M.

Took a small plane ride over the Carson Valley in Nevada and Lake Tahoe. I loved the experience, and was so excited about how some of these shots turned out. I played a bit with the color and saturation and I cropped out a rather large chunk of wing that got itself in the corner of the shot. I'm not sure if I got the rotation right. What do you think? (By the way, sorry, Els, I couldn't come up with a more creative name....)

Howard Dion , November 15, 2004; 10:30 A.M.

I recommend you play with color saturation and rotation on this one. Also, might be interesting if you dodge at 5% to 10% some of the darker areas to see if you can bring out more detail. Keep submitting. Regards, Howard

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Ken Beilman , November 15, 2004; 11:23 A.M.

Adjusted contrast and warmed up colors

Nice composition and perspective. Seems a bit dark to me with a lot of blue. May I suggest the above?

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Stephen Forsyth , November 15, 2004; 11:37 A.M.

Sorry, it just doesn't have the strength of the previous picture. I can see what you were trying for, and there is an interesting contrast between the fertile lowlands and the barren highlands, but I think they need some strong lines or something, to connect them together. The river isn't really managing that role. Or maybe it just needs more green and less of the brown land to make that contrast stand out? The curve in the foreground is good, though(a golf course being built?). Also, a flare or window reflection middle-right, but might be able to disguise that with a little work, and to be expected in this situation, anyway.

Not a situation that's easy to control, but it looks like fun, anyway, so who cares!

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Colin Carron , November 15, 2004; 01:09 P.M.

I like this one as well - especially the clump of hills and ridges in the top half. The river is good too. My feeling is there s a lot of PS potential here. Rotation doesn't matter in this shot imo - the tilt gives a nice sense of being in the air - the wing might be fun too!

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Wilson Tsoi , November 15, 2004; 02:23 P.M.

Lou Ann, the other aerial has the strong contrast and a more graphic element. It therefore draws viewers in and holds their interest longer, IMHO. For this rendition, I like Howard's offering, too. ^_^

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Jayme Hall - Bardstown, KY , November 16, 2004; 04:38 A.M.

Lou Ann- I can only image how difficult it is to take images from a small plane, no thanks! But, in this case I think the color balance is off, too much cyan. Plus, I think your main subject is the mountain. I would crop this as a panoramic to accentuate the rule of thirds and adjust the color. Here's my suggestions. Hope you don't mind.

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Lou Ann Aepelbacher , November 16, 2004; 08:24 P.M.

Wow, Jayme ... what an eye you have!! First of all, until I "met" you here at PN, I didn't have much of an awareness of color at all. But you so often make suggestions about too much of this color or that, that I started really playing with those sliders and have learned a lot. And your idea here for the crop is fabulous!! Thank you SO much ... it's awesome!! :-)

Kim Slonaker , November 16, 2004; 10:50 P.M.

I love what Jayme did to this one, Lou Ann! Original shot is interesting, but you don't really know what the main object of interest is. Her version accents the craggy rocks and keeps just enough of the green part to add contrast. Anyway, I'm a little motion sick, so must leave now...

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M. Zafar Rabbani , November 18, 2004; 10:44 P.M.

Nice work.

From Zafar

I agree with Jayme about the composition. One thing that you can do more is to eliminate the blown out over-exposed sky. Played with the curves and saturation and applied unsharp mask. I have composed the track starting from right frame to lead your eyes to the mountain and also removed the small puddle??? in left bottom frame...... Best regards.

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Walter Tatulinski , November 19, 2004; 01:31 P.M.

Hi Lou Ann. I have to agree with the others that your previous Aerial View is superior to this one. This is a nice one for your rememberance of the occasion, but the first one should be hung on the wall. Regards.

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Marita Toftgard , November 27, 2004; 03:28 A.M.

were you flying..?;-)
wonderful layers of details here
love your car as well in that profile pic!
nice to be back..!6/7

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Els Wetting , December 04, 2004; 09:33 P.M.

Just want to say hello

xxxxxxx Els

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Dennis Jones , December 04, 2004; 11:15 P.M.

Nice job, Lou Ann.

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Howard Dion , December 05, 2004; 09:45 A.M.

Where you been hiding?

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Jim McConnell , December 10, 2004; 01:03 A.M.

Interesting colors, 6/5

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Landrum Kelly , December 16, 2004; 06:55 P.M.

This is a nice one, too, Lou Ann. A little further toward sunset would have been even better in terms of lengthening shadows, but this is very good.

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Abdullah AlQahtani , December 18, 2004; 03:09 A.M.

very nice image,

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