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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.

Ian

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Recording media:200iso
Title:Loweswater
Username:digicammad digicammad
Uploaded:29 Aug 2005 - 11:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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azulek
azulek  11
29 Aug 2005 - 11:29 PM

Nice shot - I like it! Looks like an 18th century painting

Celi

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
29 Aug 2005 - 11:32 PM

beautiful composition, tones and atmosphere. like the moody sky

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Keelo
Keelo  11 Australia
29 Aug 2005 - 11:40 PM

Great shot, it's got it all, mountains, nice light, big sky and foreground sheep. Click!

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MoWiz
MoWiz  9114 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Aug 2005 - 11:54 PM

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
Mo

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 12:30 AM

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)

Ian

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 12:46 AM

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!

Conrad

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 12:50 AM

Cheers Conrad. Maybe I should have carried a chair for the foreground. :0) That would have made quite a surreal shot.

Ian

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MoWiz
MoWiz  9114 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 - 1:19 AM

Tree stumps are lighter than rocks Tongue
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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 1:42 AM

lol Mo. I promise next time I'll try harder. Grin

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arnieg
arnieg  10682 forum posts England
30 Aug 2005 - 2:45 AM

excellent landscape shows loweswater as it looks in these cloudy conditions

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 3:07 AM

Cheers Arnie

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debster
debster  10693 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 4:39 AM

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 Sad

Debbie

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 4:44 AM

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.

Ian

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artyshock
artyshock  9
30 Aug 2005 - 5:10 AM

I like this, the composition, I thank you, Arty

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 5:12 AM

Cheers Arty

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devon-photographic

Very nice landscape and light, Ian. Click
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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 6:02 AM

Cheers Jules

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 6:22 AM

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).

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old timer
old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 6:41 AM

Lovely colours in this, Ian. I like the light on the hills in the distance.
Jim

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 6:43 AM

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).

Ian

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 6:57 AM

Cheers for the mod Cheryl. I'll take another look at the shot this evening.

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Kris_Dutson
30 Aug 2005 - 7:05 AM

Not half bad that Ian. I particularly like the cloud detail - a grad used well for it's correct purpose Wink

Kris.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 7:07 AM

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)

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ChristineL
30 Aug 2005 - 9:37 PM

Beautiful scene, love the large version,
Chris.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2005 - 12:31 AM

Thanks Chris

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daringdaphne
31 Aug 2005 - 2:03 PM

Wow: this is so good it hurts.

(*.*)D

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2005 - 12:53 AM

Cheers Daphne

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PeterLondon
1 Sep 2005 - 4:04 AM

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!

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2005 - 4:14 AM

Cheers Peter, I'll have a bash on a suitable photo.

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Bluke
Bluke  9303 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2005 - 6:45 AM

lovely landscape ,,, great cloud formation ..
babs

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2005 - 6:50 AM

Thanks Babs

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2 Sep 2005 - 2:33 PM

Nearly missed this Ian. Looks 3D on my big screen (my laptop doesn't do it justice).
Excellent. Best wishes, Simon

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2005 - 2:55 PM

Cheers again Simon.

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zippie
zippie  101329 forum posts England
7 Sep 2005 - 2:24 PM

Beautiful landscape Ian, and the grads seem to have worked a treat.

Regards,

Andy

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2005 - 11:17 PM

Cheers Andy

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dhole
dhole  11
22 Nov 2005 - 11:55 PM

Ian,
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

Dave

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2005 - 12:17 AM

Cheers Dave. That crop seems to work pretty well thanks.

Ian

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pacman
pacman  1029 forum posts Ireland
13 Dec 2005 - 4:33 AM

excellent shot, great portfolio, really enjoy looking at it

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2005 - 4:35 AM

Thanks Paul

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dhough  830 forum posts
5 Jan 2006 - 3:19 AM

I like the light on the hills on this one, glad I clicked the 1000px version.

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digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2006 - 3:22 AM

Thanks Dave and thanks for number 30. :0)

Ian

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