end of a sunset

© Rita K. Connell

end of a sunset

Dale Hardin 10/12/2009 9:19:29 AM

Very nice silhouette Rita. Love the colors.

No suggestions on this nice shot unless you want to try a little shadows/highlights adjustment at it's default of 25. That would open up the difference between the distant hills just a bit but not much. Good shot as is. #1191296

Aimee C. Eisaman 10/12/2009 2:20:40 PM

Lovely Rita....simply lovely! A great silhouette image. How did you get up there? The only thing I see is some lens distortion creating a slight vignette at the corners. Under filter in PS you can find correct camera distortion and use the vignette slider to lighten it until it's gone! :~) #8031076

Michael Kelly 10/12/2009 7:07:20 PM

I agree a very nice shot. Great composition and good silhouette.

My only suggestion other than what has been made so far is that I find it a bit cold. If you go back to the color temperature setting and increase it slightly that may be what it needs to warm it up. I do this by feel if I don't have a good white to balance to so just see if it improves as you move the slider. I would have to see it to be sure. #8031707

Jeff E Jensen 10/12/2009 8:20:31 PM

Great image Rita! I think the suggestions will make this even better. #8031826

Susan M. Reynolds 10/13/2009 2:10:51 PM

What a lovely silhouette and gorgeous colors. I like your comp too. #8034351

Teresa H. Hunt 10/13/2009 3:26:23 PM

Rita this is a stunning image!! I'd love to see the suggestions, but the image stands well without them too. :) #8034524

Rita K. Connell 10/13/2009 6:49:06 PM

thanks to everyone for the encouraging words I have several more I will share over the next few weeks. I have done both Dale and Michael suggestion so what do you think? #8034868

Michael Kelly 10/13/2009 7:53:48 PM

I really like the change Rita. Dales suggestion added a lot of depth to the shot and I like the overall warmer tone. #8034934

Aimee C. Eisaman 10/13/2009 8:24:16 PM

No..that's not what I was seeing, but now it seems to be gone so whatever you did to it fixed it! I really like the new version! :~) #8034995

Dale Hardin 10/13/2009 9:42:36 PM

Looks good Rita. I like that we can see the tonal layers a little clearer. This was a good shot from the get go. #8035093

Susan M. Reynolds 10/14/2009 12:08:51 PM

Great to start with and even better now...Love it :) #8037019

Teresa H. Hunt 10/14/2009 12:37:01 PM

Great job with the edits!! #8037060

Anthony L. Mancuso 10/14/2009 3:43:04 PM

Nice shot Rita and the suggestions made it much stronger...I am seeing a prominent pink band horizontally through the sky that was much more subtle in the original...I think one pass through with the healing brush would take care of it... #8037401

Rita K. Connell 10/14/2009 5:06:30 PM

thanks for the help on this one. I knew you would help me make it a little better. we had alot of fun seeing the sun come down but it was so windy and cold my teeth chattering the whole time about 45 minutes. burrr.... but worth it. #8037582

Debbie E. Payne 10/15/2009 11:40:10 AM

Those shots where you remember the cold, the rain or the wind, typically become the ones that you will treasure and remember most later on. You will hae a story that goes with that image. I love it's simplicity and the changes take it from a good shot to a "WOW" shot!
Forgive me if this goes out two times. Someone came to my desk in between. (Maybe it won't have happened...) #8040118

Christie R. Bielss 10/15/2009 12:28:22 PM

This is a beautiful shot, Rita. I see what Tony's saying about the pink band and would have to agree. I do love the colors in this. It was well worth braving the freezing cold! #8040278

Ellen H. Robertson 10/15/2009 2:24:53 PM

Love this shot. The edited version really brings out the BG mountains and great colors. This was well worth freezing and waiting for. #8040564

Rita K. Connell 10/16/2009 7:28:45 AM

thanks Debbie, Christie, Ellen and you are right its always fun when there is a story behind the pictures. there was about 15 of us but the neat part was half of started talking about our cameras. it was fun! the pink came when I changed the temperature I don't think there is anything I can do about it. #8042811

Dale Hardin 10/16/2009 9:44:02 AM

Rita the pink band can be repaired quite easily. Tony had a good idea about the healing brush but in this case I don't think it would work too well.

Duplicate the shot and use the clone tool. Set the size to about 60 and the opacity to about 50%, and the blend mode to soft light.

When you select your collection point, get it from under the pink band so that the top of the circle is just at it's edge. Then use one swipe across on the left side of the tree, collect another spot on the other side of the tree and repeat. #8043147

Ellen H. Robertson 10/16/2009 6:04:39 PM

Congrats!!!!!!!! #8043940

Aimee C. Eisaman 10/17/2009 12:26:44 PM

Congrats on your well deserved EP, but once again I'm wondering why my Phellos are entering before they post in the club gallery for critique????? #8045730

Susan M. Reynolds 10/17/2009 1:14:44 PM

Kudos on the EP Rita! #8045833

Christie R. Bielss 10/17/2009 4:46:11 PM

Congrats on the EP, Rita! #8046177

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this was taken at Clingmans Dome the highest point in the Smokey Mts.

Exif: F Number: 4.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.33, ExposureTime: 1/25 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 55.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300

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