Into the fog
by: © Sonja D. Cary (4y expr.)
8.7
Overall
Rating
8
General
impression
8
Subject
of photo
8
Composition
& Perspective
NA
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
8
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Sonja, I think this is a very good photo. It has mood and solid composition. There is no doubt that this is a winter scene. Below are some things to consider.
8/10
Subject
of photo
This is a pleasing and serene pastoral landscape that evokes the feel and quietude of winter. It has a sepia, old school feel to it.
8/10
Composition
& perspective
oriented to the centerline, but strong nonetheless. I like the subtle leading lines and semi s-curve shape of the road and culvert as they move into the distance from the lower right margin of the frame. The tree anchors the image well and is placed comfortably in the upper third, left of the frame which balances it out nicely.
8/10
Depth
of field
Good and deep as a landscape generally requires
10/10
Color &
Lighting
The lighting is evenly distributed due to the moisture and fog, which tends to act as a diffuser wherein the light is reflected randomly throughout the scene creating an almost soft-box effect. I like the gauze like quality of the light as the fog wisps between the tree branches and creates a haze that the scene disappears into mysteriously. I would I think like to see a little contrast and pop as the image tends to be a bit oriented to the mid tones, rather flat and dull (this of course due to the fog).
8/10
Focus
no issues with focus. It appears good and sharp.
10/10
Description
Mystery and solitude of winter with the added element of fog. Never shot in fog before and am trying to branch out into landscapes. Utilized leading lines of fence and b  see all >
Mystery and solitude of winter with the added element of fog. Never shot in fog before and am trying to branch out into landscapes. Utilized leading lines of fence and barbed wire as well as irrigation ditch. Changed the white balance to shade to bring out more of the browns in the fence and grasses in the foreground. Purposeful off center placement of tree. Tried multiple exposures from f11 all the way to f22 and liked f11 the best. Any tips to make this photo better very much appreciated.
Technical Details

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Lens: 28.0 - 135.0 mm
Exposure time: 1/125 sec ,Auto ,Auto
F-stop: F11
ISO: 100
Focal length: 56.0 mm
White balance: Daylight
Exposure program: aperture priority
Metering mode: Evaluative
Date and time: 31 Dec 2016 11:50
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Original size: 5612px X 3743px
Software: Digital Photo Professional
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
336 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
Consider moving about at the site a bit to change your orientation and point of view. I like the composition, but think that moving a bit to your right may have opened up the road a bit and shown more of its span into the distance.
2.
Consider adjusting your levels to raise your white point slightly, and darken your mid tones to create a little more separation between darks and lights and thus bring out the objects a bit more from the background.d
3.
There is a color cast towards red/yellow that shows up in the white sky to the right of the frame. Adjust your color balance and tone to render it a little less colored in the sky. This will also have the effect of bringing out some of the contrast I mentioned above. However, if you like this color cast then by all means it does not need to be changed. Its rather a matter of taste.
4.
If you have the abiltity to clone or heal images with your software, consider removing the sticks or plants that are in the rightmost second fence frame from the edge. This is a small distraction, but is easily removed if you so desire.
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