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Well back from holidays. So I will be seeing whats you have all been doing whilst I've been away. The first time out with a camera in a month last night felt a bit strange!

Part of the Critique Buddie challenge, taken last night 100 yards from my front door - so I hope its close enough Wink

I promised myself NO STRAW BALES but when I saw these pyramid shaped ones, I thought well at least its not round!

As its a bit too close to what I normally do I thought I'd give it a twist and introduce a touch of off camera flash (1/64 power on SB900) roughly head hight 2 metres from the bales).

Well let me know what you think. There is something that I have not changed that I normally would so see if you can spot it !

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 10-20
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:On my Doorstep
Username:Nick_w Nick_w
Uploaded:21 Aug 2009 - 9:04 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General, Landscape / travel
Votes:48
Group Event:Critique Buddies August 2009 - 1

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Trout_Man
Trout_Man  5 Wales30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM

A nice composition and image, seems a little dark on my monitor !
Geoff.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM

Like the use of the flash Nick - good details and tones too.
Regards Richard.

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:26 AM

A beautifully framed study, Nick.

I think that the foreground could stand to be lightened a little to help emphasize the depth in the shot.

Cheers
Bill

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73878 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 9:43 AM

mmm on my work laptop I agree Bill & Geoff, but on the PC it looks OK (work laptop isn't calibrated) I will check the profile on the home PC tonight, I would appreciate any comments on the light / darkness - It does benifit from looking at the larger version. But please bare in mind I did purposly process it on the dark side as I was after a Chiarascuru effect (hence the reason for using flash), so I was trying to get the main straw stack perfectly exposed but letting the remainder of the scene fade away.

Last Modified By Nick_w at 21 Aug 2009 - 9:46 AM

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lindah303
lindah303  5
21 Aug 2009 - 10:34 AM

Very rare sight these days, it's long-stalk straw grown especially for thatching. Lovely photo beautifully framed. Linda.

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 10:38 AM

very nice tones and comp
Linda

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stoplooklisten
21 Aug 2009 - 11:04 AM

lovely shot Nick, great composition and sense of space. well taken.

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motorsportpictures

Good shot.
Scott

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GlynnisFrith
GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 3:37 PM

What a super find a non round straw bale, these are so much more interesting.

The flash has worked well to bring out the FG detail
Glynnis

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 5:34 PM

Good old fashioned Stooks of straw, very well captured.
ken

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Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 73878 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2009 - 6:41 PM

Thanks everyone, well you learn something everyday I didn't know they were called Stooks, nor for thatching - I don't think there is any thatched buildings for miles so just goes to show!

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dathersmith
21 Aug 2009 - 8:44 PM

A nice splash of flash Nick.

Darren.

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JasperD
JasperD  7 Switzerland
22 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM

Id have removed the, uhm, what is it, toad, leave, dont know what in the bottom left corner, it disturbs the pretty alignment. Wink
That said only because were asked to find something wrong, otherwise its a beautiful shot!

Last Modified By JasperD at 22 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2009 - 8:45 PM

its a different take on the straw bale, like it.lesley

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bppowell
bppowell  122125 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2009 - 2:43 PM

I like this shot, the only downside I can see is it seems to slant a little left to right.

Barry

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v8dunc
v8dunc  7333 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 6:01 PM

Hi Nick.
For crit buddies,The straw bale in the foreground is nicely detailed and well positioned,but using the flash has left the rest of the ground especially the right side dark .i like the sky and the composition of the trees,but the trees being silloueted and the foreground lit seems to clash for me.
Cheers Duncan

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 8:21 PM

Oops, sorry I was running late on the ones posted after me!

I like the idea of using the flash, but like the others have said the right hand side of the field has come out quite dark. The light also doesn't seem to quite match the way the clouds are lit by the setting (?) sun behind you, and therefor the direction the straw would be lit by it.

Still, it was a nice composition, and well done for leaving your comfort zone!

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