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f8, ISO 200, 1/250sec

Ok a while ago I got out and did a very tiny bit of landscape shooting - mostly from the car (or just outside the car) whilst traveling around so no time to stop and wait for the light or to really scout out each area. I didn't even have a tripod to rest upon so relied upon the IS in my lens to help out.

Dispite composition being a weaker area for me this was one of the more sucessful shots from the day, even though it needs a little rotation to get that building roof straight its come out of the camera pretty well considering that I didn't wait for the light to soften a little more (I did have to duel process the RAW to get details in the sky and background areas to show up clearer). I did get some blowout on the building, but managed to tone it down somewhat to a less distracting level.

So there we are - a landscape shot of the Lake District.

Any comments/crits welcome - thank you

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:A sight of the Hills
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:26 Apr 2010 - 6:18 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Scutter
Scutter e2 Member 61742 forum postsScutter vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2010 - 11:50 AM

I like the way the wall pulls you in towards the house. I think I might increase the saturation a bit and burn in the bracken covered hills. But that is a matter of taste! I will do you a mod in a while so you can scream at me!!
Ben

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Overread
Overread  53745 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 5:11 PM

Gah Sorry for not noticing this sooner Scutter/Ben
Actually whilst I edited this shot I held myself back (deliberately) from oversaturating the results and I've had a few suggest that I boost the contrast a little. I do have to say I like the edit you did in the sky areas for pulling out the stronger blues.
With regard to the background mountain areas I might or might not burn them in a little more, but I think it adds a little depth to have a contrast change between the fore and backgrounds (as I recall the lighting was like that at the time with a subtle difference between the two).

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discreetphoton Site Moderator 93427 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
6 Aug 2010 - 4:47 PM

I actually think that this is the best shot in your portfolio to date, and would like to see more like it.
There's a good sense of the climate within the photo, good light, and perfectly sharp. The composition is strong, and not too cluttered. I'd possibly do a small contrast boost in the background, just to reduce some of the haze in the background. Otherwise, I like it Smile

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Gaucho e2 Member 122047 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2010 - 10:04 AM

Have to disagree about more contrast. I like it the way it is except for the tilted roof. Perhaps a bit more oomph in the sky to bring out the clouds. I am personally getting tired of over-saturation (reminder to oneself) Smile Very good image.

Malcolm

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Overread
Overread  53745 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 1:01 AM

Really late noticing this - sorry!
A great many thanks David and I'm glad that you think so, I was certainly more than surprised myself with what I'd managed to get out Smile It's a case for me (even still now) of getting stuff like this out of the "accident" line and into more mainstream results from my shooting

Gaucho - I do agree and avoiding oversaturation was in my mind when I did the editing of this shot - I try to walk that fine line between getting the contrast and saturation enough to give it that "punch" without going overboard and ending up with a blazing mess of colour. It certainly can work as a method, but I didn't feel that it worked on this shot.

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