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I'm not much of a landscaper but I'm trying to learn...

This was 7am on a Sunday and colder than it ought to have been. The light was poor as I had to leave before it got good, but the mist hanging in the valley was lovely. I was expecting to find a few other folk there photographing but ran into a massive workshop instead, hence the inclusion of only part of the circle and not all of it - it was the only composition possible without people in!

Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8L lens @43mm, 8 sec @ f10, ISO 50, plus 0.9ND grad to hold back the sky.

In post-production I boosted clarity, reduced contrast a little, fiddled with white balance to bring out the cold and blue a bit, and added a fractional amount of post-crop vignetting.

How could I have made more of the opportunity, or do more to bring a little drama into the image with post-production (have LR3 not PS.) All comments gratefully received.

Thanks,
Lianna

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Castlerigg Stone Circle
Username:lillypix lillypix
Uploaded:22 Nov 2011 - 7:14 PM
Tags:Castlerigg, Landscape / travel
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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4547 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 7:31 PM

Not much of a landscaper ???????.......If this were mine I'd be well chuffed !!!!!

It's a cracking shot !!!.....gorgeous effect with the mist, & the 'blue' aura is sublime.....

'Drama' ???...the drama is in the sky, the rest is pure tranquility at it's best !!!....I wouldn't change a single pixel.....1st class stuff !!!!

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 7:42 PM

FAB-U- LOUS !!!
Ken

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 8:01 PM

I find it rather too dark, particularly in the foreground. The background is, indeed, superb, but I would have liked more brightness in the stones to reveal at least a little detail. Possibly a swift brush over with the dodge tool.

Paul

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lillypix
lillypix  460 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 9:42 PM

Hi,

I came away from the shoot feeling I'd somehow not made the most of it, but with such kind comments I can't help but feel better about it Smile

I've uploaded a modification (I'm not sure if I can add it as a version or not) in which I've had a quick go at lightening the foreground. I can't decide whether I like it more or not so I'm going to give it another crack tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Thanks,
Lianna

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Jestertheclown
22 Nov 2011 - 10:30 PM

Please see my mod.
As Paul suggests, a quick rub down with the dodge tool set to 75% for the rocks and a tweak or two using curves to boost the contrast and add a little punch.
And that was all.
Hope it's OK.

Bren.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2011 - 8:33 AM

I have also produced a mod which i hope you think is an improvement.

Albert

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lillypix
lillypix  460 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2011 - 11:38 AM

I really like the mods - and thanks for taking the time.

@Jestertheclown. This is my favourite mod - you've managed to bring out the detail in the rocks without making the grass look insipid. I'm going to try and recreate (but don't own Photoshop so will try in Lightroom.)

@Whiterose1. Great drama but perhaps a little too unrealistic for my tastes.

@Fentiger. I like the serenity in this, and like all the changes you've made though I might bring back the blue. I was trying to communicate quite how cold the scene was and like the cool blue aura.

They've all shown me that my version can be considerably improved on still...

Thanks,
Lianna

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Jestertheclown
23 Nov 2011 - 1:43 PM

Glad you like it!

I'm not sure that there is a dodge tool in Lightroom although the adjustments brush would probably work.

However, there is a dodge tool in this.

Bren.

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lillypix
lillypix  460 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 3:14 PM

It's taken a while but I finally got around to editing this image again taking your advice into account - I haven't lightened up the foreground loads because I quite like the foreboding and cold in the photo as it is, but I've tried to bring a load more detail into the rocks.

Let me know what you think - better, worse, better but not better enough?

Thanks,
Lianna

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