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This image has enormous potential. The colors and the silhouettes are spectacular. The tree on the left is unnecessary. I suggest cropping it out. The tree in the middle on top of the rocky outcrop is not separated enough from the background. The top of the left fork falls right into a dark area of the distant shore. If this were taken from a slightly higher elevation, it would lower the tree tops down into the orange of the water reflecting the sky, thus making the tops stand out alone. The horizon also looks tilted to the right. You need to do a little straightening to level the horizon. And finally, there is one area of the sky that is more pale than the rest. You might try darkening that area to bring it a little closer to the tone of the surrounding sky to help retain the richness of the colors across the entire sky region.
Excellent setting. If you have an opportunity to visit here again, it would be worth another try to shoot the same scene from a higher elevation to set those tree tops right in the water so they separate from from the distant shore. Everything else can be done in post processing.
You must feel lucky to have been able to see this! I bet thinking back to this scene will give you lots of pleasure.
I agree with Walter about how to improve this image, but fortunately your memory of this moment probably does not need improvement!
I like the atmosphere you have gotten in this shot,
I agree though that the photo needs straightening.
The tree's at thesides dont bother me as much as the tree in the centre of the frame.
Higher or lwer will still give it to much eye attention.
I would place it to the side either no difference as to give it less influence in the frame and let the scene take over
Have a great new year with plenty of great photos
Lovely colors Alice. I can certainly see what drew you to take the image. I agree with most of Walter's suggestions for improvement. Instead of getting higher in elevation, you could have also tried moving to the right to place the middle tree less on the distant shoreline. Of course these suggestions about moving higher up or sideways totally depend on where you were and if you could actually move!
I agree pretty much with everything already said - it is a pain when you can see a composition that is so close to perfect but can't quite get that last little tweak to your position to make it work fully (I had exactly the same yesterday as it happens - and need to go back when I get a chance and conditions are similar to see if there is any other angle I can work it from). I know some people carry step ladders and one photographer has a specially designed platform on the roof of his Land Rover to get a higher perspective in such situations!
Still, loads of potential in this scene if you do get to go back! I am trying to decide if I should go through Kerry this spring, or head around through Donegal and Antrim on the way back from Connemara (assuming I make it!)