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I think you are absolutely right. It is one of my oldest images and I knew something was off with it. You are right about magenta. It is interesting because the longer I photograph, I use less contrast. Thank you for taking it on.Ok as a scene, but the post process has made it too contrasty and saturated. The colour balance seems a bit too magenta on my screen.
I really like the structure of the land is echoed in the clouds--interweaving rolling structures. The sky here is not subservient to the land, but holds equal weight.@olafphoto, beautiful scene, for me just a tad more contrast in the falling water would probably improve it, the dark surroundings (part of the overall large contrast of the scene) doesn't bother me.
I'll be second, also with an older shot (May 2016)
The last rays of the setting Tuscan sun kissing the hillside
Sony A6000 + OM Zuiko 85/2
Great mood, the clouds, the fog, the desaturated greens all point at some gloomy weather, which is not uncommon on the Quiraing. Last year september we went there 4 mornings, only one day we had a nice sunrise. Two days we didn't even get out of the car since it was a blowing gale with horizontal rain. No way to keep the front lens dry.The Isle of Skye.
Nice composition and I like how you've built up the layers from orange to yellow/green to blue/green and then the blue of the sky. However I find the colours and contrast a bit too overprocessed for my taste. And I think I see a dust bunny in the middle of the sky, near the top edge.As always I welcome any and all critiques.
It was a fairly heavy, fast, and steady rain. I suspect this mitigated any critical sharpness. The sky was changing rapidly as the winds aloft were vigorous. The sky was dramatic. I process for tonal values which often carries color contrast along with it. I desaturate the color a bit usually because of this. Because I process for tonal values the sky tends to become for photographically lively. It seems to me that we discount the sky a bit in landscape. But I understand how aesthetically it is not popular to have the sky be so dramatic. It is a common critique I get. Aesthetically it is my impression of the atmospherics. Having done a lot of aerials I am acutely conscious of the ocean of air above, the violence of cumulus clouds as an example. I thank you for the critique and further explanation. I have learned to live with the fact that my sense of picture is not in line with other practitioners of our craft. I do not look at this as a negative nor a positive. I accepted and made my peace long ago that I am usually the oddity and I am comfortable with that. I really have no clue what to do about that.Joe, I think the "overprocessed" impression I have from the second image is mainly the sky (the clouds look a bit too contrasty and the blue behind seems a bit black-ish) and secondly the greens in the middle seem a bit too contrasty. It also seems the photo is a bit soft overall, I can't find one region that is sharp to rest your eye on, therefore I keep going around the image which may also add to the impression of too much processing. But as always, this is just the impression the image makes on me. I wasn't at the scene and have no idea how it looked when you were standing there.