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This picture was taken near out hotel in the Lake District. I am not sure exactly where we are to be honest but i just loved how the sun was setting in the background and i just had to take a picture. I would have loved to have been able to get the boat in the picture but sadly i didn't have my wellies with me. I took it hand held as i didn't have my tripod around so i had to go for the biggest appeture i could use to ensure i didn't get camera shake. So i appreciate that the DOF may not be the best. I used photoshop with the curves adjustment tool a few times to bring back the sky and lighten up the foreground.

Would love your thoughts

Andy

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:17.0-50.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Oct 2012 - 4:31 PM
Focal Length:33mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.5
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Little house by the lake
Username:AndyD999 AndyD999
Uploaded:15 Nov 2012 - 2:53 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2803 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 3:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

So next time, if you dont have wellies, bring a chain saw!


Its a very nice scene, and a good exposure. I think youve done well hand holding, - no shake and dof is decent. I would just like the colour temp to be a little warmer. The white house has a little too much blue in it for me. Ive loaded a mod with this done, and tweaked contrast selectively. Ive probably undone a lot of your own tweaks!



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 15 Nov 2012 - 3:05 PM

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IanBurton
IanBurton  464 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 3:11 PM

An excellent hand held shot with plenty DOF. I agree with Willie about the colour temp.
Ian

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Nov 2012 - 3:18 PM

Excellent !! This is really something special !! Great photo Smile

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4525 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 4:25 PM

Beautiful shot !!!!!!

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 4:45 PM

One other solution of course if these circumstances arise again, lift up your ISO. You might be surprised just how much you actually can raise it without any real problems other than noise, which of course you can moderate in software.

You have nice foreground interest with those rocks and a nice background with the setting sun. The great pity is that blessed tree to the right but overall it is a very good shot.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 7:07 PM

Nice scene and I accept the house on the centre line. You just need a few minutes with the clone tool to shift all those bouys. Dead easy.

Paul

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41181 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 10:22 PM

Most of my comments have already been said (colour balance etc), but I do find the boat hidden behind the tree a distraction and there are a lot of visual devices in here. I wonder if a closer crop, getting rid of the rocks and boat/tree might also work. Use the buoys as foreground and have the house, mountains and sky as the picture, less is often more. Shame you couldn't move left a little.

Nick

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