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Many thanks to Graceland for the valued UA yesterday.
Landscape at Monestier near Duras, Western France showing the Village Pigeonnier ( Dovecote ).
I have been in France for nearly a week and had hoped to do more Landscape shots, but the light has been very strong and there has been quite a lot of haze particularly in the morning / evening. This is the best I have managed after a brief thunderstorm cleared the air for a couple of hours.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jul 2013 - 4:57 PM
Focal Length:27mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Monestier
Username:Nigeve1 Nigeve1
Uploaded:19 Jul 2013 - 6:27 AM
Tags:Dovecote, General, Landscape / travel, Monastier, Pigeonnier
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 6:28 AM

wonderful comp nigel brilliant tones and detail a stunner nice one Wink
andy

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19 Jul 2013 - 6:30 AM

A beautiful picture. Smile

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 6:59 AM

Difficult, those conditions you describe, not good for landscape. This ain't bad though- not mind-blowing, but worthwhile nevertheless. Good comp, the field, lovely willow ( yes?), very nice sky (very).....undemanding but just very enjoyable to look at. I wonder if Moira will have her crop tool out, click-clicking impatiently.... ( Hi there Moira, sleep well with all this heat? )


Alan

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 7:02 AM

Excellent landscape beautiful colours.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33074 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 7:05 AM

A wonderful quintessential French landscape, beautifully composed and captured.

REgards Nathan Grin

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ColleenA
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19 Jul 2013 - 7:55 AM

A stunning landscape image...I disagree with Alan I think it is mind blowing...A beautiful scene,great composition,good leading lines,a magnificent sky and the natural beauty of France...all make for an excellent capture...well done

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 8:27 AM

Good stuff Nigel although I think the exclusion of the building extreme right may help.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 8:32 AM

As you say tough conditions , i love the field and wi a wee guddle this could be a really good image SmileSmileSmile

Rod

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom992 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 8:35 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: I wonder if Moira will have her crop tool out, click-clicking impatiently....

No way. This is all about lazy, expansive, generous breadth of spirit. Loosen your shirt buttons, sit back, relax.Those delightfully wobbly crop lines need the width of the frame to spread across. (I reckon that was après-déjeuner harvesting). I suspect that some people would want to crop off the bit of farm house on the right but for me it adds context, it prevents the dove cot from being just a visual cliché.
This is the bit of France that I know least well but it looks right. This is Atlantic France, not the Med. The light has a colder, harder feel, the mists are grey.
All that I would change would be to take out a couple of light dots and a bright patch showing through foliage, simply because they disrupt the flow of the image, they make the eye stop at the wrong places when it needs to explore freely. Mod to follow.
Hi there Alan, by the way, and no, I had a lousy night, I'm not a hot-weather person. My travel ambition is Siberia in winter...
Moira

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 8:39 AM

Spot-on crit. Moira.

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leontari
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19 Jul 2013 - 10:05 AM

Wonderful composition, lovely tones and detail.
Effrossini

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 10:48 AM

Nice Image!! I like it a lot!!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41034 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 10:50 AM

The wonky lines are the stars of the show, Nigel. Moira's done a good tidying up job as well. From a composition point of view I would have been tempted to point the camera down a bit losing to bright top of the sky and including some more foreground.

Dave

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19 Jul 2013 - 1:40 PM

This is very beautiful! a touch of country -

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10822 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2821 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 3:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice sceneNigel.


Your exif data in Photoshop shows an exposure comp of -1, not -1/3.

The scene would be one, for a landscape photographer that requires an ND grad filter to reduce the light from the sky. The disadvantage of using negative EC is that it affects the entire scene, and its all underexposed. Ideally, this was a scene for exposure bracketing, and some work in post processing. You have exposed for the sky, and its exposed very well, with the land area under.


Ive uploaded a mod that tries to balance the exposure, - the exposure increased in the lower area only. The scene needs small clock wise rotation, also done in the mod.View large.

Full marks for spotting a lovely scene, and a great effort.



Regards



Willie

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Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 7:03 PM

Beautiful summer landscape, and i cant believe the difference in the mod of Banehawi, he is obviously real good at post processing

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19 Jul 2013 - 10:01 PM

This is a beautiful imageSmile
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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 10:08 PM

Willie is a Master at this kind of thing. I've uploaded a B&W just out of curiosity, though I think it works better in colour. Smile

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DicksPics
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20 Jul 2013 - 3:15 PM

A beautiful scene so typical of rural France, Nigel!
There's so much content, you could look at it for a very long time.
Some interesting comments and modifications.
There's much you can learn from others on EPZ - that's not a criticism, Nigel - it's what I love about the site!!
Regards,
Richard

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30 Jul 2013 - 7:15 AM

Very good Nigel but I prefer the other image you posted later.
Jason

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YorkshireSam
31 Dec 2013 - 12:24 PM

I love the composition and subject but it lacks contrast I feel and the colours of the straw in particular are a bit too saturated for my taste so modification added.

Lovely image !

Last Modified By YorkshireSam at 31 Dec 2013 - 1:48 PM

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