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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:08 PM
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Something is missing in this picture and I am not quite sure what it is. I don't know if I have too much sky, if I should add some boost to the colors of the sky and/or rocks. Help!

The picture was taken in Arches National Park, Utah.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 07:42 PM
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Something is missing in this picture and I am not quite sure what it is. I don't know if I have too much sky, if I should add some boost to the colors of the sky and/or rocks. Help!

The picture was taken in Arches National Park, Utah.
Great shot, I think you nailed it though, a bit too much sky for my taste. The colors look fine and the detail is also good. Maybe cropping to a panorama may help.
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I don't find that the sky adds much to the image at all and that is likely what is bothering your eye, as well. There's also a stark contrast between the rich, bold red of the rock formation against the bleakness of the snow and sky behind them that tends to give the eyes some tension. Perhaps less sky would focus the viewer's eyes more on the subject. Only way to tell for yourself would be to play with your crop tool and see what works and what doesn't. You might also try increasing some contrast in the sky and snow areas to give a bit more definition to those areas.
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I agree with others that a crop of some of the top would lessen the relatively featureless sky and elevate the rocks to a more prominent position. It was also remove the 2 large dust goobies you have on the upper right!

Re the boosting of colors, I'd absolutely recommend at NOT doing that...they appear to be quite saturated as is. You might consider a 2nd layer and adding a black to transparent gradient blended in using Soft Light and a lowered opacity setting, positioned over the sky (black).
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I second (third, fourth...) that there is indeed too much sky, and like Russ said, cropping would also get rid of the dust specks. The rocks are probably fine as they are (maybe need very minor sharpening), but the background mountains and the sky do have a tint from the haze, which you may try to get rid of with some levels adjustments.
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The basic shot is certainly good!! No I would not boost the browns- these are pretty bright already. Sky a bit lacking in detail, so could perhaps crop some of it out, or reduce the sky highlights to bring out any existing detail. Perhaps moving in closer to one ot two of the sharpest rocky outcroppings, placing that in the forground and including a slightly out-of-focus snow covered mountain in the background to add depth? You have a lot to work with here- need to play around a bit.......... Rob
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there's nothing wrong with the color or contrast. i think what's bothering you is that the dividing line between the darker, more colorful landscape and the bland sky is smack in the middle of the image, vertically. it's too centered. as has been mentioned, since the sky doesn't really contain much of interest, you could easily crop about half of it out. depending on the size and formatting of the original image, this could be cropped to produce a very pleasing 2:1 panoramic image...
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[quote=Russ;734342]I agree with others that a crop of some of the top would lessen the relatively featureless sky and elevate the rocks to a more prominent position. It was also remove the 2 large dust goobies you have on the upper right!

Good eye! I didn't even see the dust "goobies."
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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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I took the comments to heart and cropped to a panoramic view. Taking out part of the dull, lifeless sky helped quite a bit.

I may have broken a few composition rules in the process, but I like the image a lot better.

Thanks everybody for the comments!
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I think it looks a lot better like this and without as much sky, the sky doesn't fight for the eye's attention like it did before. Well done.
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