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Garden Of Eden


Canon 1DS MK III Zeiss 21mm Distagon


© Copyright 2008 Klaus Priebe photo all rights reserved

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All I can say is waaaooooo... what an amazing picture. Congratulations. One of my favorite images7/7. Best regards, I. Feliciano .
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You got quite a catch with those clouds! Overall, though, the brightness is too much for me, especially in the foreground. I'd like to suggest an overall darkening of the whole image, but more the land than the sky. I've attached a quickly-worked illustration of these ideas, consisting of two adjustment layers. One curves adjustment, to bring down the sky tones, with a gradient masking off the land. The second layer, a levels adjustment, brings down the land itself, but also shifts the color cast to a slightly cooler tone.

I realize that this may not be at all what you have in mind, though: in particular, the way I've done the sky is much more lurid than the more delicate pastels you have in the top half. The second version reflects this, with only a darkening (and slight color shift) in the foreground.

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yes, it is a masterpiece. the light and color is what we call perfect, and even more. it is quite magical. very nice idea and composition. 7/7
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While the overall picture is good, and elements of it are better than others - like the gorgeous expanse of firery sky - I think that the rock formation sort of disappears or it muted because of the tremendous amount of reds and orange throughout the photo. I also think the rock formation "disappears" because of the reds and orange within itself and its placement too high towards the centerpoint of the photo.


I suggest cropping the lower portion of the photo just below the dead mesquite tree-stump and slightly de-saturating and hue-shifting the foreground dirt.


Then I would create an adjustment layer for the sky, and using a gradient that trails off to dark at the mountains, cut back on some of the light and saturation.


This process would create a "leading line of color and light" drawing the eye into the rock formation.


I would then, using another adjustment layer, pump up the tonality of the rock formation a bit, and make it really stand out.


I would finish the adjustments with just a hint of edge vignetting to cause the eye to be drawn even more to the rock formations.


Hope this adds value to the discussion.

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