Jason Kravitz  

One Fine Summer Day by Jason Kravitz

January 2021 - One Fine Summer Day

About the Image(s)

I was staying at a working ranch for a weekend and spotted these longhorn cattle hanging out. The scene was very peaceful and I liked the way the 3 cows were each a little different looking and doing their own thing in different parts of the frame. I created an edit where I upped the saturation/contrast and straightened a little, but sharing the original out of camera for your ideas.

Panasonic DC-G9 1/3200 second F/3.7 ISO 200 127 mm

8 comments posted

Sunil Mehta   Sunil Mehta
Try little straightening and some crop and touch up.   Posted: 01/04/2021 20:24:42
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
A good idea to straighten and crop. Thanks Sunil.   Posted: 01/06/2021 17:13:30

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Quite a pastoral scene! There is a nose on the left sticking out into the frame that could be erased. Sunil's straightening does change the energy of the photo, but does make it more serene and peaceful, and fits your good title, if that is your goal.

For a finishing touch, you might consider lightening the clouds a bit to make them a bigger part of the scene and echo the shape of the white cow, especially.   Posted: 01/04/2021 20:37:37
Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
Thanks Brenda. I didn't even see that nose on the left, good catch!

I'd be interested to see a quick edit with the clouds as you envision them.   Posted: 01/06/2021 17:14:24

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Jason, I did this with my finger on my laptop and its really meant to be done with a Wacom tablet. I made a layer for light and made it soft light. Then I painted a bit more white with a soft brush. Then I made a dark layer and painted with some gray/mauve on the edges of the clouds with a slightly more definition. Then I used some Gaussian blur to soften the clouds. I don't think these look great, but you at least get the idea of a bit more cloud to lend to the pastoral scene.   Posted: 01/06/2021 18:29:32
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Jason Kravitz   Jason Kravitz
That is helpful to get an idea of the technique. Thanks Brenda!   Posted: 01/08/2021 13:20:01

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
I like Sunil's crop, and just added a curve layer and hit auto, then brought down the highlight on the nose, to get a bit more punch.
  Posted: 01/09/2021 12:59:13
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like the image but like others I felt the horizon should be straightened (even though the original may be more accurate). I also added a little saturation to the image and I blurred the grasses behind the front cow. I also cropped some off the grass in the foreground and some from the right side and top and I also reduced some of the noise in the sky.   Posted: 01/15/2021 09:32:22
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