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Taken somewhere on a road somewhere in Cumbria sometime back this year. Never been quite sure if I like this shot or if I don't, its one of those that always has me sitting on the fence.

Any comments/crits welcome - thank you.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:70-200mm f2.8 IS L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Passing the Road
Username:Overread Overread
Uploaded:11 Oct 2010 - 6:17 PM
Tags:Cumbria, Landscape, Landscape / travel
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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82324 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 6:26 PM

I like the composition - the road does help lead you into the valley, although the trees to the left are a little heavy (I'm undecided on this point as they do help balance the image). For me whats missing is the magical light to really bring out the contours of the landscape.

Still a reasonable effort.

Adam

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4588 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom62 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2010 - 5:22 PM

It's the main road between Ambleside & Keswick, were it leaves the Thirlmere reservoir & drops down to Thirlspot ! I really like the upright composition, & the trees & hills opposite concentrate the view on the valley below, while the dark mass of Blencathra stops the eye from running out the top of shot. I also like the subdued colours, & yet perhaps a 'smidgin' more contrast might add a little 'zing' to the image !
Still a top notch landscape, be proud of it !

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Overread
Overread  63762 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2010 - 12:57 AM

Many thanks for the compliments and crits both!

Sherlob I do agree that the light wasn't perfect, I knew at the time that it wasn't the best of light with it mostly dull grey - but I am glad to read that the composition is working decently well. I've had some recommend that a few steps forward might have helped to bring more of the roads curve into view as well.

Niknut - ahh someone knows where things are in Cumbria! And yes I processed this shot with the thought in mind that I didn't want to go overboard with the contrast, however that was done with the screen uncalibrated and after recalibrating the screen tonight I do find that I prefer your more contrast version over the original. Though I think you've also given the levels/curve a little tweak as well; its brought out the colours better in some areas I think (sky and the right side) but its also sapped a bit of the warmth that the light had that I tried to preserve - an interesting challenge to mix/match the two I think might be in order.

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