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This photo was taken recently at Soudley Woods in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
The original is in colour but it was a very bland dull day, so I experimented interpreting it in black and white.
It was taken on my Nikon D80 using a Sigma 17-70 mm lens, settings of F8 1/80sec ISO 400 at focal length of 28mm, obviously on a tripod.

I think it creates a very mysterious feeling and atmosphere.
Comments always welcome please.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Feb 2011 - 3:28 PM
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Soudley Woods ,Forest of Dean
Username:mikewatson mikewatson
Uploaded:5 Apr 2011 - 7:52 PM
Tags:Landscape, Landscape / travel
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2781 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 11:30 PM

This is the critique section, just as a reminder, so you wont have votes on the shot.


Its nice overall, but for me its not really conveying a sense of mystery. Some mist or fog when the image iss taken in the early morning may do a better job if your intent is mysterious.

I would like to see some more contrast, - its mainly white and grey, and the large bright area top left can draw the eye as a focal point.

Ive loaded 2 mods, - one is the original with added contrast, and a slight crop from the right, the second removing the bright area completely to show only trees, within a larger frame.


Hope this is helpful



regards


Willie

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mikewatson
6 Apr 2011 - 2:30 PM

I note the point about the bright area and agree the cropped version avoids the eye being drawn to it.
Thanks for the critique

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