Hazy sunset

Hazy Sunset by V-Light
Donau City in the distance, the modern Vienna

Β  So this is one of those photos, where no matter what editing style i choose, something just doesn’t sit right in my perfectionist eye. I still like the composition and it’s my first panorama using my new tripod, so i had to upload it πŸ˜› I tried to turn it into black and white since the colours here are not that great but it still didn’t sit right…What do you think? Do you like it?

P.s. Click on the image to view it in a larger size

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17 thoughts on “Hazy sunset

  1. Hi Alex,
    this somehow looks as if it had a colorcast… Flat, none 3D…
    For me it’s kind of unreal, as if one of these hyperrealistic painters of chinese origin had painted it in oil. πŸ˜‰
    Additionally one can remark the blendings, because the water is moving. Now you have a tripod – you could use an ND filter πŸ™‚
    Greetings from Stefan

    1. Exactly, but it was really like that and when i tried to post-process it and make it “pop” more it looks totally fake… I would first need to buy an ND filter and then i could use it πŸ˜› But then again i don’t think it would help in this situation, the haze doesn’t go away with a filter, it was just a bad time to get a photo i guess…

  2. I see what you mean, but I don’t think B&W would be the way to go with this – it does however have a bit more impact when viewed larger…I might try to blur the water (like if you had a very long exposure) but not even sure if I’d go with that. My suggestion is to sit on it for a bit and return to the image in a while to get the ah-ha! moment.

    1. Thank you for your suggestion Robert. It could actually look better if it was done as a long exposure but i don’t feel comfortable editing it to look like that, when it wasn’t. I’m not a fan of altering images in that way πŸ™‚ A friend suggested to crop off a good part of the left side and i think it does help a bit, eyes stay focused on the buildings which should be the main focus point. I think i agree that there’s too much going on and that’s something i have to keep in mind in future panoramas!

  3. Hi Alexandra, in a way I like this photo because of the colors, and the composition isn’t bad either, but maybe there’s a little bit too much on it. Warm regards and Merry Xmas, Mitza

    1. I think you are right Mitza, there is too much information in the photo, that’s the catch with panoramas, you really have to be careful about that. I usually shoot more minimal stuff maybe that’s why this didn’t work for me so well πŸ™‚ Have a great holiday season as well and a merry Christmas! πŸ˜€

  4. Hello dear Alex! It’s a lovely photo for sure, and I’m happy that you found a tripod to carry with you. I’m not really qualified to critique my own master (hehehe) but I did notice that my eye was led to the center and then right back out the other side. I held a piece of paper up to the screen and blocked about a third of the left side and I kind of liked it better. The bridge kept it mostly balanced, and my eye was more inclined to stay on the buildings. In a way, I’m happy for you that you are struggling with it – because it shows me you are continually pushing yourself to improve!

    1. Hello dear Nathan,
      Thank you so much for this comment. I value your opinion a lot and even though i still haven’t been back on dA yet, i do log in and have a quick look at what you post. Soon you will get a storm of comments, be prepared! πŸ˜‰ I think you can start to call yourself a master cause your photos are really wonderful and i’m really happy to see that! I think you are right about the composition, another person commented that there’s a bit too much going on in the frame and the left side doesn’t really hold any important information. The crop you proposed works really well and i might actually update this post and add the cropped version as a visual comparison as well πŸ˜€

    1. πŸ˜€ Thank you for your comment. No, it is not HDR, the panorama was made from single raw files, the shadows were lifted a lot though…I had exposed the image for the sky and other areas were a bit too dark but with raw you can get a lot of detail back from the shadows πŸ˜€ Also the reflection was really like that. What bothers me is the colors, there’s something weird going on and doesn’t sit well with my eyes πŸ˜›

  5. I think that bridge on the right leads me out of the picture, for some reason, rather than into it. Is there a niggling wish that it would be better if it sloped down a touch more as it approaches the right hand edge? Perhaps I think that I want to know what’s beyond the bridge and it’s obscuring my view?

    Take the intensity of the green down a touch? Does it lead the eye away from the main subject because it’s too bright?

    Just guessing and offering possibilities…

    Great photo nonetheless!

    1. Hello Chris,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, i appreciate it a lot! I think all your observations are very correct, it’s hard to compose an image when shooting for a panorama, i’m still learning. In this instance it didn’t “click” that well and as some other people also commented, the composition seems to be confusing and maybe the image is just a bit too crowded. I will definitely keep all these comments in mind for my next panoramas πŸ˜€ I wish you a happy new year and thank you for following my blog!

  6. Thanks for posting this photo! The comments and the picture itself made me think a lot, which I think is very good for a beginner like me! “Cropping” it with a piece of paper, as suggested in the comments, revealed a shot that I personally really like in terms of light and colour! Also, I’ve been following your blog for a while and I can notice a very personal touch in all your pictures, including this one! Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to go through the posts and comments πŸ˜€ For this specific photo, i was amazed as well by all the suggestions it received! Most of those ideas i would have never thought cause you know sometimes we become stuck and cannot see our work in any other way, so it’s just amazing to learn from how other people view it! πŸ™‚ It was very enlightening!

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