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The sun plays on Darling Fell and Low Fell overlooking Loweswater on a typical British Bank Holiday.
Used an ND4 grad to keep the sky down.
This was one of the few moments over the weekend that you could actually see the tops of the fells.
All critique welcomed as usual.
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Nice shot - I like it! Looks like an 18th century painting
beautiful composition, tones and atmosphere. like the moody sky
Great shot, it's got it all, mountains, nice light, big sky and foreground sheep. Click!
Love this, great sky, beautiful light on the hill, my only comment would be I would like to see something a little more intersting than grass in the immediate foreground, or possibly getting a little closer to the sheep may have helped.
Still a beautiful shot. ND grad has pulled the sky in beautifully
Thanks for the comments folks.
Mo, I sort of agree about the foreground. Unfortunately there wasn't anything but grass and I couldn't get any closer to the sheep. Framing them more closely would have lost some of the fells (I didn't want to just crop the bottom). I'm just going to have to start carrying a big rock around with me. :0)
Ha! I was about to agree with Mo, and then I read your reply, Ian - I can see exactly what you mean. I recently had someone comment on a shot of an empty museum room that I should have placed a chair in it - like I carry those around with me in my photo bag! LOL!
Oh, right, back to the picture. I can see the foreground dilemma. And I think you made the best of what you had - it certainly works for me!
Cheers Conrad. Maybe I should have carried a chair for the foreground. :0) That would have made quite a surreal shot.
Tree stumps are lighter than rocks
lol Mo. I promise next time I'll try harder.
excellent landscape shows loweswater as it looks in these cloudy conditions
This is just beautiful - I think I prefer seeing shots of the Lakes with dramatic skies.
I'm also SO envious - whilst on holiday last week, we drove up to spend one day at the Lakes (last Tuesday) - the minute we arrived it started raining - I believe it stopped several hours later as we left
I know the feeling Debbie. After many years of going to the Lakes I'm used to it but it's still frustrating when the day you have to pack up and leave is the clearest of your stay.
Glad you like the shot.
I like this, the composition, I thank you, Arty
Very nice landscape and light, Ian. Click
I did look at this earlier and I like 90% of it (does look slightly dark) but the big dark blob of a tree on the right just annoys me. It doesn't look quite so dark on the larger version, so maybe it's just me.
Going to the Lakes in a couple of weeks time, will try and drown myself for you. Don't go expecting landscapes from me though. Hopefully gonna get some wildlife (of the animal variety).
Lovely colours in this, Ian. I like the light on the hills in the distance.
Thanks for the comments. Cheryl, on my home monitor that blob does actually look like a tree (mind you it's a couple of months since I calibrated it).
Cheers for the mod Cheryl. I'll take another look at the shot this evening.
Not half bad that Ian. I particularly like the cloud detail - a grad used well for it's correct purpose
Cheers Kris. I'm starting to become more successful with the grads now, after months of leaving lines across the middle or burned out clouds. :0)
Beautiful scene, love the large version,
Wow: this is so good it hurts.
Ian I read your comment on my Dart Valley picture.
One very simple technique for lightening foregrounds or darkening skies is as follows:
In PS create a new layer, select mode soft light and tick the box "fill with soft light neutral colour 50% grey".
Ensure the new layer is the active layer and set your colour pallet to black. Pick a large 150-200 pixel soft brush with opacity set to 10-12%.
Now start painting the areas you want to be darker.
Do the same again for areas you want to be lighter with the colour pallet set on white.
When you have finished merge the layers.
Very simple but very effective!
Cheers Peter, I'll have a bash on a suitable photo.
lovely landscape ,,, great cloud formation ..
Nearly missed this Ian. Looks 3D on my big screen (my laptop doesn't do it justice).
Excellent. Best wishes, Simon
Cheers again Simon.
Beautiful landscape Ian, and the grads seem to have worked a treat.
Just a thought but try cropping from the right by the edge of the lake across to the left (binning the sheep)so that you emphasise the light on those mountains ..which is just perfect...just a thought..nice capture though
Cheers Dave. That crop seems to work pretty well thanks.
excellent shot, great portfolio, really enjoy looking at it
I like the light on the hills on this one, glad I clicked the 1000px version.
Thanks Dave and thanks for number 30. :0)
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