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the trig point on ovenden moor just before a snow shower.
Nicely composed but rather under-exposed — even the brightest parts of the snow are very much darker than the grey bands at the side of this page. In this case, exposure compensation wouldn't have helped much, as you don't have much latitude to avoid blowing out the sky. I've never used split grads but, with the horizon so close to straight, this looks like a good place to use one — my only concern is that you might end up with a noticeable exposure variation along the trig point. Merging two exposures is another option but a curves adjustment on this will probably see you right.
david thanks for the crit, actually a lee 1.5 stop soft grad was used with this image slightly angled down on the left side, a hard grad does leave a noticeable line on the white trig point at this location. The shot is not under exposed as most of the snow is in shadow please look at the areas been caught by what little light was available. Have checked on 2 different quality monitors and this does n't look overly under exposed on either to me?
OK, it's in shadow but the whole of the foreground is in shadow, so the whole of the foreground is very dark. It's not really accurate of me to say that it's under-exposed, since you can't expose much more without blowing the sky, but this does look very dark to me. There are only a very few small spots of the foreground brighter than 60% intensity and most of the sky is below that level, too. I don't doubt that it was pretty dark when you took this but, for my taste — and it is just a matter of taste — this is too dark to really work.
Thanks for your comments on grads — as I said, I've never used them but it is nice to know that you can have something like that trig post cross the boundary of a soft grad without any obvious gradation in tone on it.
David, yes i would of liked a little more light on the foreground, but it is more a less how a remember it. Failing daylight on a bleak and exposed piece of moorland, brooding snow clouds, overall moody and threatening. .....Yes not to everyones taste. But to me a fair reflection on a enjoyable afternoon spend half freezing to death - Paul
Yep it certain a cold spot up there, some nice evening tones in the sky.
The large version fills my screen with atmosphere. The subtle lighting and very natural looking colour makes me feel I'm standing here, beautiful work Paul.
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