Critique Style Requested: Standard
The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.
Yet another fantastic campsite during Thanksgiving week in the San Rafael Swell.
I appreciate any comments thanks. I am struggling to get the white balance and colors to emphasize what I saw in a believable way. What I saw was yellow/gold stripe and diagonal in the foreground, pink-tinged cliffs in the background, and a blue hour sky. What I felt was a sense of serenity in the vastness.
Canon EOS RP + EF100-400 @ 100 mm
13.0 s @ f/9.0, ISO 100
You found a lovely scene but it is very underexposed. A simple adjustment (pulling the right end of a Curves adj layer to the left) will give a file with more to work with on the WB and colors. On the raw, just balance increasing Exposure, possibly with pulling the Whites slider right a little. I also leveled the apparent horizon. (Maybe went just a bit too far.) Hard to be sure the layers are actually horizontal but it feels tilted. More likely the ridge line is a false horizon. It looks more natural to me to have it receding.
The sky is a bit pinkish so I would start with global WB tweaks (in the raw file) to make its color to your liking and see what that does to the rocks.
I love the lines formed by your composition , but definitely agree with @Diane_Miller and love the version she came up with.
Thanks for your comments!
Diane, your version is much better, thanks for the tips. I mostly tried to match yours in the revised version. I agree that the sky was too pink, so I cooled it a bit, with the rocks becoming consequently more yellow from the global change. Might be good to use a PS sky mask to handle those separately when I get more time. The only thing I didn’t do is level it because I know this landscape and it is just tilted! So it reads wrong to my eye to make it level