Agree with the previous comment, this composition has tremendous potential but does not add up completely. For me the "subject" is really the tree, this is what makes the photograph. However, the brightest spot is off to the side, mercilessly pulling the eyes away.
I think you might be able to correct this even in this photograph. There may be some clipping of the highlights at the brightest location, but it may still be possible to do some localized brightness reduction. I am not a big fan of Photoshop, but to me this is fair game.
I have added it to my favourites, so I guess it cant be too bad in my eyes ! I really like the composition, the rolling fenceline and the poplars poking through, and of course that stunning early morning mist and light ! If i had a wishlist, it would be to have a little more contrast or darken the image, and perhaps some noise reduction..in saying that, I am aware that the diffracted light and mist could be the reason for an "illusion" of noise... either I like it very much, well done !
Thanks for the comments its really appreciated.Your feedback on the picture's elements is welcomed and enables me to look at it afresh. I shall have a go in photoshop for my own interest to see if I can adjust contrast and darkness etc. I have also heard of a plugin specifically for noise reduction, not sure if it would be of use? Thanks again
There are quite a few noise reduction plugins available: Topaz (deNoise), Nik Software (Define) Onone software, they are all good I think, and expensive too ! ...but they work well. Also if you are using CS5 and shooting in Raw, the noise reduction in Camera Raw is very good ! Possibly some free stuff out there also. Its invaluable when you are zooming in for your picture.