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View from a cosy little spot in the Tarn . I welcome your opinions.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Sep 2008 - 12:58 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Autumn Approaching
Username:johnone johnone
Uploaded:4 May 2012 - 8:20 PM
Tags:Lake district, Landscape / travel
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 9:23 PM

A very calming and relaxing image. Naturally framed for all to admire.

Regards Nathan

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

Hi John.. a nice image , however the dark branch intruding into the top of the image draws the eye. Taking the shot from a lower position may have made it possible to get the view without the branch. In my mod I have removed it to open out the view.

Trev

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
4 May 2012 - 10:08 PM

Beautiful image and well framed
Jim

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puertouk
puertouk  31076 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 10:40 PM

Hi John, used PS to crop the large branch from the image and made adjustments with camera raw. I think it looks a little better, hope you like it
Stephen

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 12:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a difficult shot to take and a good effort. I like the idea of framing it and the mossy wall has a lovely texture that needs to be in any photograph. Smile On the other hand, that big branch is very heavy and seems quite intrusive. I'm not a big fan of the fence, either, as it's very geometric and man-made so doesn't seem to fit in the setting.

The difficulty is in the exposure, which needs to be long enough to get the detail in the shaded foreground but short enough to avoid blowing out the background. If you're on a tripod, merging two exposures might be the best way. No need to use HDR or anything fancy: just open the two images, copy the foreground as a layer on top of the background and use a mask to selectively erase the parts of the foreground image where you want the background to show through. It's somewhat time-consuming but not difficult and the results can be very effective -- here's one I did with exactly this technique.

Dave.

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 4:37 PM

John,

It's quite easy to put a bit of colour back into the view across the lake (see mod). I have explained some of the simple techniques which you can use in two of your images, the one about changing a sky behind trees and the gateway. I've just checked these two images and you have not left anyone any feedback so I can only assume you've not yet looked.
Check the comments you have received from people offing you advice on these images and i'm sure you can work out what you can try.

Take care
Martin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 7:50 PM

I quite like your composition, but the scene through the frame is a good stop over exposed. You needed less exposure when shooting - you will struggle to get it right now, and then use dodging on the foreground to lighten that. Always expose for highlights.

This is where spot or partial metering, used correctly, gives much better results.

Paul

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johnone
johnone  438 forum posts United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 8:27 AM

Thank you all for your comments and advice which will be taken on board.
Regards John.

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