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Another photo from my recent trip to this lovely wee island. Just thought the scene was very autumnalSmile

Rod

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix FZ48
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Oct 2012 - 5:00 PM
Focal Length:17.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Colonsay Colours
Username:widtink widtink
Uploaded:1 Nov 2012 - 10:08 PM
Tags:Autumn, Colonsay, Landscape, Landscape / travel
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:32 PM

Your right about the colours Rod, but the white cottage in the centre has blown out I assume the light was reflecting off the window. Its a pity because the cottages give a real sense of the scale of the hills. Maybe next time try moving just a wee bit to take the sun out of the window line.

Nice picture Rod

Eric

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Alanup
Alanup  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You're right this is a lovely autumnal scene. I find that the slighty burnt out highlight on the roof of the first building keeps distracting my eye. Maybe a crop off the right hand side of the image would also be worth a go. Very nice picture anyway.

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:42 PM

Spot on strangely enough it was the reflection that made me take the photo in the first place .......... and its the one thing that spoils it Sad we shall keep searghin for the perfect image lol . Alan surely i cannae crop half the photo ??? think there must be a way (lightroom ?) tae tone doon the reflection. Cheers boys

Rod

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 10:49 PM

Worth a try in lightroom or photoshop but I've been there and did nae have much success

Eric

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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
2 Nov 2012 - 5:23 AM

Stunning landscape ! What a view ! Excellent photo Smile

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 8:50 AM

This must have looked stunning to your naked eye which obviously made you make the exposure, but a couple of observations if I may.

Firstly the cottage is tooc entral within the frame to give it maximum impact and secondly, the parefernalia (looks like a country sub-station?) to the right, for me spoils the feeling of peace and tranquility that you were seeking to obtain. The sky to the top is a bit wishy-washy and IMHO doesn't really help the overall impact of the image at all. The EXIF is not what I would have liked to see but I think your compact has given you that without much option to change it. Full aperture with a slow shutter speed makes life difficult for you as well as the reflections on the walls from the brilliant sun. The reflections you wanted there as you state but with hindsight I guess you can see the problem that it has left you with.

So accepting the EXIF as used - a judicious crop to rule out the sky and to place the building in a better location with the sub-station and its cables removed would, I feel give you a better composition. I will upload a mod to show you what I mean. The pity of this is that the land which gives you the greatest relief due to the superb shadows will be missing from your frame, which I feel shows the importance of getting the composition right in the viewfinder rather than making adjustments afterwards. I have also uploaded another version of the mod with the opposite side used and the cables ets cloned out. Each crop has meant a resizing was necessasy which meant a reduced resolution.

Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 2 Nov 2012 - 8:55 AM

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 9:11 AM

Hi Frank its not a sub-station but just a typically dour scottish hoose Smile unwhitewashed. Yup the buildings are central but i kinda like the line they take. Thanks for the mods makes me think. Too be fair comp is not my strongest skill it does need working on , learning all the time.

Rod

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Jestertheclown
2 Nov 2012 - 10:58 AM

Mornin' Rod,

You're never going to be able to tone down the blown white bits on the building and the area directly around it is suffering slightly too.
So!
Rather than fix it, I've had a go at, shall we say, disguising it.
I've uploaded a mod. in which, rather than cropping away of your image, I've concentrated on the building and the area directly behind it.
I selectively reduced the exposure on the whole of the blown area and rebuilt the roof by cloning from the 'good' bit. I then cloned in a few windows (from the other building), touched up around them and replaced the undergrowth next to the roof.
Then it was a case of using the clone tool to generally tidy the area up a bit.
I've left the white structure, I don't think that they're wires, alone. Personally, I don't clone things out these days unless they're obviously intrusive. If they exist in reality, I'd expect them to exist in my photographs.
Finally, I desaturated the whole image slightly
I'm not bothered that the building's close to the centre. My views on the so-called 'rules' are well known and the second building's roughly on a third anyway.
Hope this helps.

See Ya!

Bren.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 2:44 PM

Rod, I think the structure Frank is referring to is that area on the right, lots of posts, sort of a fenced area. Would look better without it I think.

Im interested why you opted to use a manual exposure here rather than let the camera have a go, and then using exposure compensation to adjust?

All the above taken into account, - it looks like the best way around this might well be to use some sort of art or painting filter on it, which could make the exaggerated colours and contrast work, - Ill give it a try.


regards


Willie

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 4:40 PM

Cracking capture, beautiful rich colours in the late afternoon sun. Something seems to happen to that gable end. A bolt of light? Composition looks fine to me and I have heard of the rule of thirds a few times.
Bren's cloning mod is pretty good - except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.
Ian

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Jestertheclown


Quote: except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.

That's priceless Ian!

I really hadn't thought of it!

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 5:33 PM


Quote: except that he has placed a window in the chimney breast.

What an excellent observation, you must be wide awake - have you just got out of bed Ian?

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widtink
widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 5:42 PM

thank you everyone willie go for it ! Ian rule of thirds ? rule of schmurds Wink
Bren thank you for all your advice and work the windae is in the gable end and it shouldnae be there lol but your mod works methinks !! I still think the original has the edge though ???? thats what it was lol if only that blown oot bit could be dampened Tongue aye Bren the houses are roughly on a third lol

Rod

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 7:30 PM

Finally had some time to upload a mod as mentioned. I did use an oil paint filetr, cropped close to thirds, cleaned up rhs, cloned over reflection, etc. Framed and canvas texture to complete the effect.


Hope this might work for you.



regards



Willie

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widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 7:56 PM

awwww thanks Willie you are a master of the digital medium Wink

Rod

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banehawi
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2 Nov 2012 - 9:22 PM

Nae botta!


W

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 11:34 AM

Guess who's been to SpecSavers! Not that shepherd behind the house on the left.
Ian

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widtink e2 Member 1404 forum postswidtink vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 5:33 PM

sheperd or haggis lol

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