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This was a grab shot,

I was driving past the usual lookout point at Llynnau Mymbyr (Capel Curig) curisng that I didnt have my camera with me (again) and then I remembered I had my compact in the glovebox.

When I got home and put it on my computer, I only had elements 5 then and didnt have a clue what to do or how to use it.

So (Im gonna regret this I just know it) I pressed the Auto Fix Button.

This is what it came up with.

Im running out of work to upload, Im going to have to make a concentrated effort to get out on my days off.

Thanks for looking everyone. As usual, your comments will be listened to.

Lee Smile

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix F11
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Frozen Trees, Capel Curig.
Username:WelshKiwi WelshKiwi
Uploaded:28 Jan 2008 - 9:41 AM
Tags:Capel, Curig, General, Lake, Landscape / travel, North, Snowdonia, Tree\'s, Wales, Wildlife / nature
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WetDog
WetDog  6 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 - 10:09 AM

It is such a beautiful scene I am very pleased to took the picture and shared it here.

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FredF
FredF  8 France
28 Jan 2008 - 10:31 AM

Not to bad, it looks like a painting.

Fred

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 11:42 AM

Good work, or good luck or whatever. It's got super colours and a nice comp anyway.
Chris

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
28 Jan 2008 - 12:09 PM

Well it works for me, good comp with some nice toning and great reflections... I'd go back

Dave

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Costy
Costy  7483 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 1:49 PM

The noise that's present makes it look like a painting rather than a photo. The trees dont look real. I like it all the same though and it's composed well. Nice reflections.

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WelshKiwi
WelshKiwi  73231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 2:14 PM

Im not sure but I think the noise what you can see is actually the mist.

But, yes, it could be me doing something wrong....... Smile

Thanks for all your comments everyone.

Lee Smile

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sketch
sketch  71469 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 - 3:12 PM

very atmospheric sweetie x

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
28 Jan 2008 - 3:19 PM

seriously nice reflection Lee. I always figure a grab shot is better than no shot. Ya done good.

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stevieasp
stevieasp  7 England
28 Jan 2008 - 5:37 PM

No nonsense honest picture, well seen Lee, hope you get out soon to do some more work,
good luck Steve

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Jan 2008 - 6:43 PM

Well grabbed!

Tel*

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Douglas_George
28 Jan 2008 - 6:50 PM

Great one Lee, keep grabbing them,well done.

Dougie.

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alwolf
alwolf  7341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 7:20 PM

Excellent image,well captured
alan

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12355 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 9:30 PM

While not an image to grab the attention, I think it is a rather pleasing photo. While there is nothing wrong with having a horizon bang in the middle, If it were mine I would be tempted to crop out some of the reflection, as the bottom left keeps catching my eye Smile

Last Modified By martin.w at 28 Jan 2008 - 9:35 PM

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2008 - 10:07 PM

I agree with Martin about the crop, Lee.

Is that me by the tree?? Wink
Did you take this last year when it was all chilly?

Goggz

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Alfoto
Alfoto  8 Wales
28 Jan 2008 - 11:13 PM

Super image Lee.
Alfie

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2008 - 9:02 AM

Lovely mood and reflections.Lucky you having the compact.Well seen.
Tom.

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2008 - 9:55 AM

Lovely capture. Very peaceful.
Guillaume

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Libby_M
Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 - 12:01 PM

great shot

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SKavanagh
SKavanagh  7312 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2008 - 8:59 PM

Superb shot love the composition
Steve

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rowarrior
rowarrior  74350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2008 - 10:53 PM

Love the frosty scene and reflection, now all it needs is a boat paddling across the foreground Wink

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Skye24Blue
30 Jan 2008 - 11:29 AM

Lee, I think it's pretty amazing.
Mac

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Blenkinsopp
30 Jan 2008 - 7:38 PM

lovely capture of the frost and great reflections too

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2008 - 10:03 PM

Thought it was about time to see what Lee's been posting - mwahmwah

OK, firstly I would agree that there is some colour noise, particularly in the reflection. However, the autofix may have accentuated this, so we will overlook this for now.

Compositionally there are at least two other shots in this image. Cropping a 1/5th approx from either top or bottom gives a different emphasis, but both highlight the frosted trees more.

The half and half composition at the moment is just lacking that WOW factor.

I'd certainly recommended reprocessing the image and taking your time. Firstly I would check the levels tab and make sure we are seeing the purest white of the frost (without blowing it out). So bring the white slider in to meet the start of the histogram at the rhs. This will perk up the whites and give them more prominence.

After that I would look at the colour temperature and maybe bring it down to around 5000k or less as this will give the image a colder feel, that will sit better with the tone. At the moment it looks a bit on the warm side in the greens and particularly the earth on the bank.

Have fun!

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WelshKiwi  73231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2008 - 10:42 PM

WOW. Smile Smile Smile Smile

This is MY challenge that has been set for me to do in Roll Call on Wed 30th April. I have until Monday to learn what the heck Cheryl is talking about and to do as the instructions tell me.

Thank You Cheryl. Smile

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Sep  71330 forum posts England
31 Jan 2008 - 8:53 PM

Mod in,
Rgds Joe.

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User_Removed
31 Jan 2008 - 10:35 PM

Well 'seen' Lee. A slightly tighter lateral crop (lose some off the top and bottom), increase the contrast and you'll be there.

Like it - and your style!! Keep 'em coming. Grin

(My Mod is up btw...)

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 - 11:09 PM

nice grab shot lee well spotted..
ian

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strawman
strawman  1122010 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2008 - 12:17 PM

I was going to post a mod, but it is almost the same as Mike Otley's, crop it in tight, adjust levels a bit, even put a gentel curve on, and adjut saturation.

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2008 - 2:29 PM

You just couldn't miss this one could you.
Is it possible for you to post the original shot, un-processed, for comparison?Smile
Looked good, even from the thumbnail.
It must have been so frustrating to have those wonderful trees and not to be able to use N) 1 camera bu you've done a great job with what was available.
Penny

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brianjw
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1 Feb 2008 - 5:02 PM

like it lots.
Brian

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1 Feb 2008 - 6:23 PM

Being a viewpoint passed regularly I would be tempted to watch this scene through the seasons.
The reflections clinch this.
Ken

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willgriffiths e2 Member 7willgriffiths vcard Wales
1 Feb 2008 - 8:14 PM

Excellent bendigedig. Will

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2008 - 10:06 PM

Beautiful image

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MalcolmS
MalcolmS e2 Member 91107 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2008 - 12:32 PM

Great reflection Lee, the mods have covered what I would have done with it.

Malcolm

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2008 - 6:48 PM

Agree with Malcolm, really well done for spotting this shot, the mods have given you lots of ideas to improve it, can't wait for the repost! Smile

Fran x

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rmr  7 Wales
2 Feb 2008 - 10:16 PM

super shot
well done ,love the reflections
mark

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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2008 - 5:30 PM

looks like a painting...very nice

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