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Taken on a recent walk across snowy Dartmoor. The shadows come up blue-ish. Is this sky reflections or my camera settings? The rest of the days efforts seem to be the same.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
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Title:Snowy and Bright
Username:Goody2shoes Goody2shoes
Uploaded:11 Dec 2010 - 12:49 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2010 - 1:08 PM

A beautiful image well done.

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achieverswales
11 Dec 2010 - 2:30 PM

Just added a mod, hope you like it.

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Trev.

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Patricia Fenn
11 Dec 2010 - 6:19 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Don't fret, it's a common problem especially in high contrast images.
There is an easy solution in this case.
Make a duplicate layer. close the top layer and working on the bottom layer desaturated the magenta 50% and the blue 50%.
Open the top layer and erase the bottom half of the top layer.
Merge down.
This will give the shadows a more natural look without desaturating the other colours. I've done a modSmile
Best,
Patricia.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2010 - 7:52 PM

Mod is good. Shadows will tend to blue in bright sun, particularly when projected onto the white snow. It is quite natural, but more obvious to the eye in a photograph than when viewed for real. The brain corrects.

The image is a well exposed desolate snow scene. I am not a real landscape fan, so would prefer some reasonably close focal point for my eye.

Paul

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Goody2shoes
11 Dec 2010 - 8:24 PM

Thankyou all for your help and constructive comments. They all give me something to work on. Thanks again.
Terry

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2010 - 11:20 PM

Top tip from Patricia on sorting out the shadows! That is indeed a common problem in snow photos.

You've exposed well to get the snow white but not over-exposed. The photo doesn't really work for me, though, as there's no real focal point to the composition. The central horizon also suggests that the sky and the land are of equal importance to the photo but I don't think that's really the case — there's not a lot going on in the sky.

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Goody2shoes
12 Dec 2010 - 9:09 AM

[quote]Top tip from Patricia on sorting out the shadows! That is indeed a common problem in snow photos.

Thanks David, taking the top third off the sky does make a difference.
In the shot as a whole I was trying to show the cold desolation of the area.
Terry

Last Modified By Goody2shoes at 12 Dec 2010 - 9:13 AM

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