Hi @James Covello and @Andy Cakebread, and anyone else who'd like to chime in. I was grateful for your critiques and suggestions regarding a photo I had posted a while back (the full-color vertical image at the bottom of the screen as I'm posting this). Andy had pointed out that the sky in the original version was competing a lot for attention with the intended subject of the photo, the tree against the ocean. One suggestion was to try cropping out the sky. I looked at that and didn't think that fully cropping out the sky really worked, since so much of the tree was cut off. Instead I made the cropped version that is second from the bottom, where I cropped out the brightest part of the sky but avoided cutting off so much of the tree. Another suggestion was to look at a monochrome version of the photo, so I did a B&W conversion in Lightroom, which is the 3rd photo from the bottom. (I'm sure someone more experienced than me could have done a better conversion, but hopefully this is enough to show the idea.) Lastly, I looked back at my other shots from this outing and found the horizontal version at the top of the post. This naturally put more emphasis on the tree and ocean relative to the sky.
I'd love to know if you think any of these improves on the original full-vertical color photo, and if so, which is your favorite of the set.
Thanks for any feedback that is offered!