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Symondsbury, Dorset

This was taken early on an August morning. Around 07:00. The morning sun was just burning off the dew. I thought it looked very serene. I have gone with the mono as it works better with the tones. I have applied localised brushes to the mid ground tree line (sharpen, clarity, contrast) to help them stand out a little more. I have adjusted the tone curves to a very slight 'S' & slight gradient on the sky. All in LR.

Once more I step into the fray and seek valued critique & any mods.

I will add that of the few photos I have posted so far, I have found the ones requesting critique the most beneficial by far. Its not always easy laying yourself open, but the lessons learnt stick much better. For me anyway, so thanks all that take the time to look.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Aug 2012 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:78mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.4
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Dorset, Symondsbury Parish
Username:Dylan_755 Dylan_755
Uploaded:20 Nov 2012 - 9:36 PM
Tags:Family, Holiday, Summer, Wildlife / nature
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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 - 10:53 PM

Nice mono shot, very atmospheric but the sky could be crop a lot.
Elena

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 10:55 AM

Not really my kind of shot this, what was your intention for the finished article? I ask because I can't see this as a normal type of landscape which. Strange you say it was taken at 7am but your exif states 12am, a little adjustment required here to your camera settings in respect of time and date perhaps. Similarly to use 100ISO with 1/320sec @f18 it must have been very bright that morning but your picture does not convey this. your intentions in this regard would therefore help me to understand what you were attempting to achieve.

Frank

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Dylan_755
Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 12:15 PM

My intention with this was to try and capture the atmosphere of the early morning dew being burnt off the fields, I converted to mono to emphasise the tones from the fore middle & background. Overall I think I conveyed it well. Whats a 'normal' landscape?

The exif was wrong & it was bright & very hazy. This was another reason why I changed to mono as the haze reduced the contrast. Maybe f18 was a little overkill. I dropped the exposure a touch in post process to add a little drama.

The gradient filter on the sky brings it down a bit too, without it, the sky didn;t do much at all for me.

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Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 12:16 PM

My intention with this was to try and capture the atmosphere of the early morning dew being burnt off the fields, I converted to mono to emphasise the tones from the fore middle & background. Overall I think I conveyed it well. Whats a 'normal' landscape?

The exif was wrong & it was bright & very hazy. This was another reason why I changed to mono as the haze reduced the contrast. Maybe f18 was a little overkill. I dropped the exposure a touch in post process to add a little drama.

The gradient filter on the sky brings it down a bit too, without it, the sky didn;t do much at all for me.

Elena, Yes I think cropping a bit of the sky would have helped.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 4:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a shot that is dependent on layers of receding strata, and tones. You often see great examples of these shot in mountains, where you can see a few layers of different tones. In theses shots, the layers are very distinct, and overlay each other, and in this less so, as the dont overlap, as in a mountain scene, - they transition over open spaces.

Its hard to critique the image as its been converted, and has had some brushing, etc. I would agree that more panoramic, less sky could impove it; my eye is drawn to the brighter area by the trees, lower right, where you have tried to retain some mist, - not sure if this helps or hinders it.

Ive tried a mod, - a lot darker in the receding layers, - not sure it works any better. Would as before like to see the colour if you still have it.



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Willie

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Dylan_755
Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 - 9:26 PM

I do have the original and will upload it in the morning. I do take on what you said about the layers. The tones don't separate as well as I hoped. I'll also try a different one with less sky.

Cheers,

Neil.

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Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 - 8:18 AM

Ive put the two up as mentioned. I haven't got as much detail in the mist in the background as you MOD Willie. I think it was a case of wanting it to be better than it was, but not wanting to miss it altogether. Never mind it was worth a go.

Cheers for your comments.

Neil
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2012 - 5:04 PM

I like this image, for me it's a proper landscape captured at the right time with the light and mist creating a very atmospheric picture. I would go with cutting off a just a little sky. It certainly make a welcome change from the pile of boulders and milky water type landscape.
Faced with such attractive scene and conditions as this I would have made a series of bracketed exposures using RAW, digital being free. Maybe you did this, it does result in a greater success rate.
Ian

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Dylan_755
Dylan_755  1 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 - 10:24 PM

Cheers Ian, it is always subjective, thats the good thing about photography. I'm glad you like it. I didn't bracket but would again & maybe a little earlier in the morning as I was beginnign to lose the best light. It was shot in RAW originally. My post prossessing is in its infancy, but improving rapidly. I agree with the boulders & milky water...They really eyecatching but overdone a bit. like everything, phases come and go.

Neil

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