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Another one taken on my trip to New Zealand a few years ago and having had a few attempts at processing...this is the latest (it's amazing how it keeps changing...both with taste and experience). It was taken on a drive across the South Island through Westland National Park and it's Mount Cook and Mt Tasmin towering in the background (Lake Matheson in the foreground). Thanks to Peter for the ID!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:17.0-85.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Aug 2007 - 11:54 PM
Focal Length:41mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Still winter's day.
Username:Mactogo Mactogo
Uploaded:20 Jan 2014 - 4:26 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Mountains, New zealand, Photo journalism, Reflections, Snow, Winter.
Votes:104
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 4:38 PM

"Wow"

A very well observed, composed, exposed and captured landscape with stunning clarity throughout. "Superb"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4740 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 4:39 PM

Gorgeous shot !!.....great reflections with amazing clarity !!

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JuBarney
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20 Jan 2014 - 4:53 PM

A beautiful image
Ju

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ANNDORASBOX
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20 Jan 2014 - 4:56 PM

Awesome image

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DorisD
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20 Jan 2014 - 5:13 PM

Lovely reflections,great shot

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franken
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20 Jan 2014 - 5:14 PM

Beautiful!

Ken

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 5:18 PM

Pheww wee , stunning, clarity second to none. Excellent work

Barry

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Fred263
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20 Jan 2014 - 6:36 PM

Wow! Stunning landscape. Beautiful reflection & light.
Fred

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20 Jan 2014 - 6:50 PM


Quote: Wow! Stunning landscape. Beautiful reflection & light.
Fred

100 % agree with Fred263
Silviu

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Mactogo
Mactogo e2 Member 2648 forum postsMactogo vcard United Kingdom
20 Jan 2014 - 6:54 PM

Wow...thanks for all the votes and positive comments and a big thanks to Barry and Fred for the UA's...very much appreciated.

Terry

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rontodd
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20 Jan 2014 - 6:55 PM

super picture

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lufc62
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20 Jan 2014 - 8:04 PM

Excellent work. Gets my vote anyday. Grin

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AlexAppleby
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20 Jan 2014 - 8:26 PM

Wow - what a stunning shot!

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GeorgePlatis
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20 Jan 2014 - 8:28 PM

Excellent in all ways!
Regards,
George

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gwynn56
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20 Jan 2014 - 10:32 PM

beautiful scene nicely captured , lovely reflection too SmileSmile

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lumix5
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21 Jan 2014 - 12:21 AM

Immaculate reflections and so sharp

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briantjjones
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21 Jan 2014 - 10:18 AM

Fantastic Image, beautiful reflections and composition. Hoping to visit next year as my daughter lives in NZ Smile
Brian J.

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Mactogo
Mactogo e2 Member 2648 forum postsMactogo vcard United Kingdom
21 Jan 2014 - 11:35 AM

Very pleased with the HC. Grin

Hope you make it to NZ next year Brian....it's a fantastic place and on my list of places to go back to!

Terry

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21 Jan 2014 - 7:56 PM

Superb. clarity, colour and comp

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viscostatic
22 Jan 2014 - 3:02 PM

A really beautiful image with an amazing contrast between the trees in the middle distance and the mountains in the background.

Phil.

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Mactogo
Mactogo e2 Member 2648 forum postsMactogo vcard United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 - 3:26 PM

And to think it could have been so easily missed! It was seen by chance during a planned 20 minute tea break while driving across the island and an opportune wander for about 10 minutes away from the car. I had no idea what was around the corner. A little luck sometimes goes a long way!

Terry

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redshot
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22 Jan 2014 - 6:47 PM

Beautiful shot, I spent 8 months in New Zealand, just wish now I had been more into photography at that time.

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Mactogo
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22 Jan 2014 - 7:01 PM


Quote: Beautiful shot, I spent 8 months in New Zealand, just wish now I had been more into photography at that time.

I wonder how many places I've said that about.....and so many of those places I'll probably never get back to. Oh well! Sad

Terry

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22 Jan 2014 - 8:10 PM

It's Lake Matheson with Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the background. A well known spot for its superb reflections. It's a very good image.

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22 Jan 2014 - 8:27 PM


Quote: It's Lake Matheson with Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the background. A well known spot for its superb reflections. It's a very good image.

Excellent...thanks Peter! It was a grabbed shot so I was making a stab at what the mountains were by guessing at where we stopped. Much appreciated.

Terry

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22 Jan 2014 - 8:47 PM

Beautiful and a testament to the 20D and 8.2 m.p

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Mactogo
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22 Jan 2014 - 8:58 PM


Quote: Beautiful and a testament to the 20D and 8.2 m.p

Indeed. Sometimes why I sold it!

And thanks very much for the UA...very much appreciated! Grin

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22 Jan 2014 - 9:13 PM

SUPERB!

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015119 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2014 - 12:26 PM

is it me, or does it need a slight rotation to the right to get that lake level?

lovely view though - wow - could sit there all day I bet!

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23 Jan 2014 - 2:18 PM


Quote: Is it me, or does it need a slight rotation to the right to get that lake level?

lovely view though - wow - could sit there all day I bet!

Think it's you Adrian! Using a vertical guide in PS, the tree trunks are as close to vertical as I can make out (I'm assuming of course that they're vertical in reality). I think it's that the bank is receding that perhaps makes judging levelness a bit tricky.

Glad you like the image! Grin

Terry

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015119 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2014 - 3:44 PM

try using a horizontal guide in PS - put the guide on the water line on the very left of the shot.

You'll see then that the water horizon falls below the line as you look to the right.

I'd screen shot it and upload it - but there's no way to do it as part of a photo comment Sad

it's a 2 second fix, not a biggy Smile

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Mactogo
Mactogo e2 Member 2648 forum postsMactogo vcard United Kingdom
23 Jan 2014 - 6:11 PM

Hi Adrian,

I think you initially threw me by saying it might need a slight rotation to the right. Actually, on closer inspection (using the vertical guide from mountain top to mountain top reflection), a 1 degree rotation to the left does straighten it up! As you say, not a biggy but definitely worth doing...so thanks.

Uploaded the fix as a variant.

Terry

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ade_mcfade e2 Member 1015119 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2014 - 6:27 PM

Cool. Glad to be of help. Jealous as hell of that amazing location Smile

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perhapsone
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23 Jan 2014 - 9:01 PM

It's correct the way it is. The shoreline is actually coming towards you on the right so of course the water level looks like it is sloping.

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Mactogo
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23 Jan 2014 - 9:36 PM


Quote: It's correct the way it is. The shoreline is actually coming towards you on the right so of course the water level looks like it is sloping.

Yes, that's why I wasn't so keen on using a horizontal guide....but the vertical guide between mountain tip and mountain tip reflection did indicate that the image was in need of rotating a tiny bit anti-clockwise. The variant uploaded above does look a bit better (as well as the sky which I lightened as in the original I felt I'd over-cooked it a tad!).

Terry

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eddie1
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5 Feb 2014 - 5:16 PM

simply stunning.

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