This is a critique for the website ScottsCritiques.com. Scott invited his readers to take part and do our own critique of a photo, so this is what I came up with:
My original thought when I saw this photo was that I really like it. It has a great “eerie” feel to it with the fog, and nice leading lines with the road curving off to the left. But I decided to have some fun with it and see what I could come up with.
Because of the way the trees are leaning it makes the image look crooked. So I rotated it a bit and also did some cropping because I didn’t like that big patch of white at the top center/left. I also cropped off the tree on the right that is leaning out of the image – we want the viewers to follow the curve in the road and not be distracted by anything going “off the page”.
I also did some adjustments in Photoshop. First I cloned out the white poles on the left side of the road, and then did a basic tonal adjustment-layer using Levels. Next I added a “Black & White” adjustment-layer, changed the blend-mode to “soft light”, and reduced the opacity of the layer. (That gave the image a little bit more “pop”.) The last thing I did was to add a slight vignette using the “Lens Correction” filter in Photoshop.
It sounds like a lot of work for one photo, but all of this took less than four minutes.