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camay's Gallery Comments
Thanks Dudler for commenting. I'm glad you like it, it looks like I have achieved the feel I wanted.
Chen, not sure what you mean by a cam shot, it was taken with a telephoto lens equiv to 200mm, between me and the group was a pool of water and very fragile ground that we couldn't walk on, so there was no way I could get closer. I took a few of different groups from this position but this was the best I thought. I doubt if they were photographers, half the folk walking around had SLRs, the other half were using phones or ipads! They also could have been of any nationality so talking to them could have been difficult.
After 2 weeks of unbroken sunshine they probably didn't have the trip they planned!
Thanks for that Willie. It's been non stop sunshine since we arrived - better than the snow at home! I overdid the dropping the contrast bit in Elements, all I have on this laptop and it was done in too bright sunlight too, but I shall work on the RAW when I get it home. Interesting about the sharpening halos, it's straight from camera, so possibly I need to drop the in camera sharpening a bit.
I agree with Dave, if you are including reflections there is no way you can use the 1/3 2/3 rule. But you have used it in your positioning of the castle, well done. If you use PS I might think about putting in a gradient filter over the top of the sky, that darkens the top slightly and stops the eye from disappearing out of the top of the picture. Apart from that, a lovely photo.
That's interesting Mike. I've played around with it, changing to a square format alters the prominence of the boathouse markedly. Taking out the willow works quite well. I was hanging over a gate marked "PRIVATE" when I took this shot, I was tempted to go in so as to alter the angles but I wouldn't like someone doing that to me, so I didn't, even though the house was on the other side of the road.