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Another photo from Engineer Pass in Colorado.

I'd love to hear some feedback about what you guys like or don't like, and things I can do better both in taking the photo and editing it!
Image details
Image size
3822x2036px 7.28 MB
Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
1/320 second
Focal Length
12 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 9, 2013, 9:05:20 AM
© 2013 - 2021 KRHPhotography
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smoothpappa's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I'll start this critique by saying that overall, this image really pops! It is really impactful, and appealing!

You have brought great interaction between the highlights and the shadows. Additionally, you have found a great balance between sharpness and softness. The dirt and gravel of the road retain a rather hard feeling, while the grass seems to be softer and more inviting.

Compositionally, the road is fantastic! For me, it is placed just right on the left side of the image, and the way it winds through the hills going across the image from left to right, as it disappears into the horizon is stunning! It's a real focal point for my eye.

Though, there are a couple of areas that I might tweak, if this were my image. While the colors overall are vivid and wonderful, I do think that the sky is a little too blue, or perhaps a little too light. The bright saturated blue in the sky is a bit distracting for me. I might increase the levels of black in the sky, so that you retain a saturated, but darker color. One that is just slightly less vivid, and doesn't distract the eye as much. The other area of critique that I have is the vertical composition of the image. The sky/clouds are taking up nearly half of the image, which feels like too much to me. If I were cropping it, I would probably crop just underneath the cloud in the upper right corner. That would do a couple things: It would make the clouds in the center left appear to fill the sky more, it would not place as much emphasis on the sky as is done now, and it would turn this image into a slightly panoramic format, which I think could really add another level of appeal to the piece.

For me, the ground and road are insanely interesting, and well done. In my opinion, addressing those two issues with the sky would take this piece from a 9.5 to a 10.
KRHPhotography's avatar
So I did some quick edits to darken the blues, reduce the highlights, and crop some of the sky out for better balance.  
smoothpappa's avatar
Wow!  I really see the difference!  I don't know if you or anyone else would agree with me, but I think the darker sky, and that bit of a crop just make this great image that much better.  it really is a stunning capture!
KRHPhotography's avatar
Haha, I didn't notice it till after I made the edits, but when I went to replace the file, I could definitely see it
KRHPhotography's avatar
Thank you for the critique!  I did experiment a bit with cropping the clouds when I was editing, so I'll take another look, and for the sky color, that's still something I struggle with alot when I edit XD  So I'll see what I can come up with while keeping the visual impact of the photo intact.
daniellepowell82's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

When i first saw this image i instantly loved the shot. What I liked about the shot? I liked the road in the foreground that draws you into the image then when you follow the road down the track you see a beautiful mountain landscape that seems to go on forever. I liked the way you processed the image bringing out the details and the colours are vibrant.
What i did not like about the shot? I did not like the cloud in the middle of the sky and how it is slightly overexposed for my liking and is a little distracting from the landscape.
Overall great processing and composition. Well done <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
KRHPhotography's avatar
Thank you for the critique!  Glad you liked it :D and I'll keep your comment about the clouds in mind as I edit my other photos
daniellepowell82's avatar
did you use a ND filter?
KRHPhotography's avatar
I'm not sure, I can't remember haha.  I think I might have.
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Czeno's avatar
I really like your photo 
Congratulations on a wonderful photo 
  I would like to share your photo in our group on facebook photo…
KRHPhotography's avatar
Hi, sorry for taking so long to respond.  I would be honored if you shared this on facebook :D just credit my with the photo and a link to my account is all I ask ;)
exit-humanity's avatar
outstanding ,great shot
Utaleasha's avatar that...real?
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OnTheMarkPhotos's avatar
Stunning! What an awesome capture. 
panna-phi's avatar
truly wonderful capture. :heart:
I like these vivid colours and the composition is really good.
excellent shot, congrats. :)
Loffy0's avatar
Wow this is beautiful! Amazing colors! :D
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alyth3cat's avatar
I recently visited Colorado myself and the landscape is incredible. I think you did a great job in capturing the size and depth of the place. It feels endless there. You also did a great job in capturing the contrast of the vibrant greens, and blues and the textures. The only criticism I have is that focus didn't enhance this shot. The gravel looks distorted and out of place like you were moving too fast. 
KRHPhotography's avatar
Thank you! As a matter of fact, I actually was.  I took this from the back of a moving jeep.  I'm still trying to find the right balance to keep detail quality while moving.
alyth3cat's avatar
I have the same problem. Oddly enough, my cell phone usually captures things while I'm moving better than a real camera. Not sure how that happens, but I don't suggest that as the solution of course. Just find it funny. 

Colorado is beautiful though.
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