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19/09/2008 - 4:59 PM

purple mountain

purple mountainIt looks like a great location. The tree on the skyline is perfectly placed, or perhaps a bit more to the left. The drystone wall gives a very nice lead in, but the star of the show is the colour of all that lovely heather.
You could try different metering modes to bring out more detail in the foreground. The sky is exposed just right leaving the fg too dark, perhaps using a nd filter would've helped.
I've uploaded a mod and, as I said there, its surprising the level of detail contained in the darker areas just waiting to get out.
Overall its potentially a vey nice shot. It does have a really good feel factor, the rolling hills in the background are superb, I wonder if shot in landscape you would see more of them while still keeping all the other features?
Thanks for letting us play!
15/09/2008 - 11:51 PM

Light in the Valley

Light in the ValleyHi Andy,
Its good to look at anothers picture and be asked to put your your own slant on it.
Its easy to write "Great shot" ect, its more difficult to be constructive, with out seeming to be critical, but I'll give it a try.
I think you have "captured the scene".
The view from Bidean is staggering no doubt, and the effort in just getting to this point is easily under-estimated.
You've called it "Light in the valley", which sort of draws your attention to the bright areas down in the forests and above, on the hillside going up the Anoach Eagach.
I figured that, rather than saturating it any more, I'd desaturate the edges of the picture, emphesising the bright green of the glen against the starker hills.
I also noticed a pink hue in the clouds that I didn't like so desaturated the sky, and the hills in the distance to take away the blue haze.

I used adjustment layers to drag out some detail from the dark area on the far left (using levels), and again to show up all that lovely rock in the foreground.
I sharpend the land and despeckled the sky.
Done.
I use adjustment layers which lets you fine tune your adjustment by altering the opacity. You can target adjustments to specific area of the picture by painting a mask over the rest of the shot easily.
I love BNB and have had some very memorable days out there, I saw my first brocken spectre just along from where this shot was taken. Did you enjoy it? It looks like you hade agood day although I suppose it might have been better vis to the west.
Cheers
Anthony