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A shot of Higger Tor from Saturday afternoon. Taken from Burbage Rocks..ish. Tried to capture the last pinky light on the Tor.......

Thanks for looking.

Camera:Canon 5Dii
Lens:17-40L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Higger Tor
Username:Steve-T Steve-T
Uploaded:29 Nov 2010 - 7:03 PM
Tags:Cold, Higger tor, Landscape / travel, Late light, Peak district, Snow
Votes:15

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DarylH
DarylH e2 Member 442 forum postsDarylH vcard United Kingdom
29 Nov 2010 - 7:31 PM

'Tried to capture the last pinky light'

Mission accomplished methinks

Nice one
Daryl

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Steve-T
Steve-T e2 Member 751 forum postsSteve-T vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2010 - 10:23 PM

Thanks Daryl and thanks voters - not sure everyone agrees Daryl. Don't mind the 7 votes but 10 thought this effort was not worthy which is dissappointing. I thought it had a decent lead from bottom left to the foreground rock with some light on it. Then naturally the eye goes to the pink light in the Tor and then back along the horizon with a bit of colour - well that was the thought when taking it. It is sharp and whilst the shadows are a bit blocked I didn't think it impacted negatively on the image. I would be interested in any other viewers comments. Steve.

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Skinz
Skinz e2 Member 1194 forum postsSkinz vcard
29 Nov 2010 - 11:44 PM

I really like it. I don't find inspiration up in the Peaks but this is a good example of what I'm missing.

Gonna risk heading there on Wednesday.

Rich

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SGIBBONS
SGIBBONS e2 Member 656 forum postsSGIBBONS vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 11:58 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Steve, I can see what your trying to achieve in the composition and i think the scenery is lovely with the big open skies you get in the Peak District, but for me the blueness on the lefhandside of the picture may need toning down a bit, also and it could be my pc in work but the big rock in the foreground draws the eye a bit.

All the best Sam

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DaveMead
DaveMead e2 Member 5DaveMead vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 12:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice shot Steve and well done just for getting up there. I've read what you've written above so I will be hyper-critical but I'll preface my criticism by saying that this is a shot I would have been perfectly happy with had I taken it. Here goes; The fg rock is a little tight to the bottom of the image and, as there is little of interest in the sky, it could have been given more room. The dark areas of the image, particularly the trees on the far right, are, perhaps, a little distracting although this is not as noticable when viewed Large. I do like the lead in but it maybe has less impact due to the super-wide angle (A trap that I still fall into all the time) and the light on the mid and background rocks is excellent. Processing-wise, everything looks fine.
I hope these comments are helpful (I wouldn't have said half as much if you hadn't written what you did) although I don't believe they explain the lack of views/votes which is a complete mystery. There are many examples on here of less competent work that attracts far more attention.
Finally, in my opinion, this site needs more people like yourself because there is a real trend towards voting for those who can make the best use of software rather than for photographic skills and, ultimately, that cannot be a good thing. Please keep posting.
Dave

Last Modified By DaveMead at 30 Nov 2010 - 12:19 PM

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Steve-T
Steve-T e2 Member 751 forum postsSteve-T vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 7:07 PM

Thanks Sam, Dave and Rich. This feedback is very useful - the blue is too powerful. Refering back to the original the snow in the sunlight is warmer than it appears here. In this conversion it is more neutral and has sent the shaded snow too blue. The dark areas are too dark and distracting even when taking account of the compression. It is all a learning process! Thanks. Steve.

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2010 - 7:38 PM

I think the blueness problem is one of white balance. Did you use auto-white balance? That will typically try to 'correct' for the warm sunset light by adding a lot of cooling blue. That's great when it corrects for warm tungsten light and stops your indoor portraits being bright orange but less good when the colour of the light is the whole reason for shooting. If you are shooting to capture the actual colour of the light, use daylight white balance, either at shooting time or during RAW conversion.

As far as the shot as a whole goes, I'd say that it's certainly a pleasant view but the composition lacks any real focal point. The rule of thirds isn't something to adhere to slavishly but it is something to bear in mind. Here, the most prominent object near to an intersection of thirds is the partly bare rock directly below the Tor that you intended to be the main subject. Not using the rule of thirds is fine but, in those cases, I think it's best to avoid looking like a rule of thirds composition with something else in the starring role. Smile

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