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I'm undecided about this at the moment, but I'm not entirely sure why. I used it as an experiment in layering for blending two exposures, and a bit of dodging and burning. I used the foreground of one image, and the sky from another (taken on a tripod with bracketed exposures).

While I do like the overall image, I think there's something lacking, but can't figure what ... *shrug* ... I did use an ND grad filter though, and remote release.

One thing I found pretty hard to do was focus correctly with the fading light, so whether that's what lacking, I don't know. I'd appreciate your thoughts Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jul 2014 - 8:19 PM
Focal Length:31mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/20sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The Blue Lagoon
Username:TanyaH TanyaH
Uploaded:20 Jul 2014 - 11:12 AM
Tags:Blue, Digital manipulation, Lagoon, Landscape / travel, Layers, Reeds, Sky, Wildlife / nature
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Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 101622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2014 - 11:29 AM

it looks absolutely stunning and even though 2 pictures blended, done so well it is perfectly convincing as one single shot. great colours to Grin

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debu
debu  4 India
20 Jul 2014 - 11:45 AM

A nice scene.
debu

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2014 - 12:26 PM

Excellent image, great sky, but I can see where you are comeing from, the reeds either side of the image lead the eye into the image but to what? a fisherman in a boat prehaps?

Just my thoughts.

Cliff

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Source
Source e2 Member 4Source vcard
20 Jul 2014 - 11:36 PM

Beautiful
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TanyaH
TanyaH Critique Team 11678 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom77 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2014 - 9:49 AM

Hmm ... looking at this now on a different monitor, the greens of the foreground reeds look way overcooked compared to my monitor at home - maybe I shouldn't have dodged them quite so much and left the vibrancy slider alone Grin (time for a new monitor, methinks?!).

Cliff - I completely agree with you about the eye needing to lead to ... something ... so thank you for that thought Smile And thanks also to those who have voted on this - my first 'proper' landscape for a long (very long) while, but hopefully it'll be the first of many to come. I've got a couple of others of this scene (different format) so may try a couple of things for practice and see how it goes.

Last Modified By TanyaH at 21 Jul 2014 - 9:50 AM

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England79 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2014 - 10:31 PM

I really like the composition, and I don't mind the greens being a bit overcooked.
The only problem for me is that the sky and the reflection don't match, the colours are different... it looks wrong.
Also ( but less importantly, nitpicking really Smile ) the sky is a bit too dark,
strictly speaking it should always be lighter than its reflection in water.


Alan

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4261 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2014 - 10:52 PM

Looks pretty good to me
Jason

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glenalva
glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
22 Jul 2014 - 8:07 AM

Lovely peaceful scene, beautiful colours.

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TanyaH
TanyaH Critique Team 11678 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom77 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2014 - 9:47 AM


Quote: The only problem for me is that the sky and the reflection don't match, the colours are different... it looks wrong. Also ( but less importantly, nitpicking really Smile ) the sky is a bit too dark, strictly speaking it should always be lighter than its reflection in water.
Alan

Thanks Alan, those are actually very valid points and I completely agree with them now that I've relooked at the image with that in mind. Maybe that's what was off for me; so thanks for pinpointing this, it's really helped.

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