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Taken at the end of our last day in a recent Lakes visit. I particularly like the way the my eyes get drawn through the gap in the near stones to the three far stones and then up to the fells beyond.

Exp: 1/60th @ f11
PShop work: Curves adjustment, bit of shadows & highlights, a dodge or two on the stones and then an overall sharpen.

Hope you like the image. Any comments or criticisms welcome and appreciated.

Tony

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:nikon 70-300 vr
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Castlerigg
Username:Tony_W Tony_W
Uploaded:15 Feb 2009 - 7:12 PM
Tags:Castlerigg, Lake district, Lakes, Landscape / travel
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 7:19 PM

Yes, it does draw your eye up. Up to that lovely light on the hill. Nice shot.....Sandy

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Crabtree99
Crabtree99  10 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2009 - 7:53 PM

Lovely play of light and shade, and a good visual path through. Excellent.

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 7:58 PM

Does indeed lead the eye well, and even from the thumbnail it was obvious that you were concentrating on the gap and the fells, so in that respect this works very well. I wonder if the colours would benefit from some more saturation, and maybe a little more lifting with a levels layer, but I'm on a computer without PhotoShop at the moment and can't check that.

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rangerpaul
15 Feb 2009 - 8:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Tony. Another great looking shot with a very good comp. The gap indeed does lead you to the light beautifully. I've done a quick mod as the one thing I thought was the midground didn't separate tonally from the foreground, so I've darkened the shadows on the hills using a curves layer. Thought this might put some separation between the stones and that great light out back.
Nice to know what you think!
Paul

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Tony_W
Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 10:57 PM

Thanks folks for the comments.
Conrad, I've tried a little more saturation but all I get is a false looking image. Maybe I'm not subtle enough. By lifting do you mean a boost to the contrast?
Paul, initially I thought your version was a little too dark on the hills. Looking at it again it does make the stones stand out more. In my version I am looking at the hills as it is easier to see the detail in them. Your version makes it harder to see the detail and so you aren't drawn into them thus overlooking the foreground. Thanks for the mod.
Tony

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rangerpaul
16 Feb 2009 - 5:52 PM

My mod was based on what we'd seen at the David Noton lecture. He put the emphasis on the light but left detail in the shadows if you wanted to look for it. It's all about personal interpretation at the end of the day. Nothing wrong with how you saw it at all. That's what makes it so interesting. Everyone has their own little ideas on how a shot should look, whether it be as it was or how you would like it to look.
Great isn't it!
Paul

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