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Driving past Llyn Dinas on a beautiful day, my breath was taken away by this view.

The lake was like a mirror and the reflection really was a sight to behold!

I hope I have done the scene justice - I've tried to portray what it was like to be there on that day, and how amazing the scenery was.

I'd be very grateful to know if I could have improved on this shot.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Mar 2012 - 11:17 AM
Focal Length:45mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Reflections on Llyn Dinas
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:1 Apr 2012 - 1:02 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 1:42 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Elaine,

When the conditions are right the water can offer some great reflections and you've captured this one very well. I know you shoot in raw but I'm not sure which programme you use? if it as the capability to stitch panaramas then with these reflections it may have made a good canvas. I tend to shoot a lot of pananrams in portrait, ok you have to take more images but it's well worth it for the extra height in the finished article. I've opened this up again in raw and there was just a touch more recovery needed also if you're using ARC check to see if you have an eye-dropper top left (second or third in) if you have try clicking that on a neutral grey area in your image to set the WB. In elemants I have then altered the exposure for the foreground (not reflections) to lighten the heather etc a touch and then removed the alterations from the rest of the image.

Take care
Martin

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Apr 2012 - 4:15 PM

Hi Martin,

Thanks for the mod - it's lovely.


Quote: if it as the capability to stitch panaramas then with these reflections it may have made a good canvas

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Aaawww, why didn't I think of that at the time when I was there!! I have Elements 10 and you can stitch panoramas. I took some shots up Snowdon with panoramas in mind (I took a few series of shots in both portrait and landscape - haven't processed them yet), but it didn't enter my mind at Llyn Dinas - I feel I've missed the boat!!!

Yes I use ARC and I can see the eyedropper. Martin, is this a better method of setting the white balance than choosing from the drop down menu on the right hand side? I usually just go down the list of each setting and choosing the best one when I see how it affects the image.

Martin, please would you let me know how you made the additional adjustments in RAW, I'm not sure which sliders I should be moving.

I took a few images when I was there and I've uploaded a wider view (JPEG version) as a mod. I'd be very grateful if you would let me know if you think the 2nd version is a better composition. If so, I'll work on V2 in RAW and Elements as I may print and frame an image of this scene - just not sure which is the better composition between the closer and wider view.

Sorry Martin, I know I've bombarded you with questions, it's very good of you to share your knowledge.

Thanks a lot

Elaine

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4594 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 4:42 PM

Beautiful shot !!!.....that reflection is perfect ....top notch stuff !!

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Apr 2012 - 4:48 PM

Thanks Keith - it was amazing to be there..........so beautiful...........I'm glad you think I've done it justice.

I've fallen in love with Wales.

Cheers

Elaine

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banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2860 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2012 - 5:59 PM

Your mod is a much better shot Elaine, with that nice blue tone that complements the shot so much. Your original for me is way too dull, - all brown tones. In both, there is no focal point, but I think you can get away with that in your mod a lot better than your original crop.


Hope this is helpful,


regards



Willie

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Apr 2012 - 7:15 PM

Hi Willie,

Thanks for being so helpful.

I didn't know which one to process and put up here for critique.

I liked both images but didn't know which one was best.

Cheers

Elaine

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Jestertheclown

Hi Elaine,
I'm with Willie. I'd go with the blue one.
I'd get rid of the white spot on the RHS and the rocks just poking into the bottom left though.
Bren.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
1 Apr 2012 - 10:02 PM

Hi Bren,

Thanks for giving me your honest opinion, and helping me to make my mind up!

Cheers

Elaine

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