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This was taken literally as the last rays of sun fell on the stone circle.
I wanted to capture the stone circle and try to show the curve to it but also show the majestic settings that the circle is set in. I was also hoping to get some warm light on the snowy tops but unfortunately it was not that strong an orange sunset.

I think I've attained my aims but am interested to get comments and criticisms. All will be gratefully received.

Exp: 1/15th @ f18 ISO 100
PS work: Dodging and burning to create a bit of separation between the fore ground and mid ground. Initially they both ran into one. Dodging on the stones to raise the highlights and mid tones. Curves layer on the green to improve the colour of the grass, it was a bit too brown.

Thanks for looking,
Tony

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-70 @ 25mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Castlerigg at Last Light
Username:Tony_W Tony_W
Uploaded:18 Feb 2009 - 7:30 PM
Tags:Castlerigg, Lake district, Lakes, Landscape / travel, Mountains, Snow
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rangerpaul
18 Feb 2009 - 7:53 PM

Hi Tony. I think compositionally this is superb and you have achieved what you set out to do. The stones stand out a treat and the grass looks good.
Only one small thing I can see. The snow in the bottom left has a blue glow to it. Just wondered if desaturating this would tone it down a bit then burn the shadows slightly.
Only minor really and overall it's a wonderful looking shot.
Paul

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Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2009 - 8:36 PM

Paul, thanks for the comment. I'll try your suggestion. I removed a green cast from that area after the green curve adjustment but missed the blue glow it left behind.
I nearly missed the shot talking to another tog whilst we waited for the light to drop. Worth the wait though I think.
Tony

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2009 - 8:52 PM

I agree with Paul's comment. I would also add that the photo looks slightly oversharpened to me - particularly noticeable in the grass. In the mod I've uploaded for you I've reduced the blue cats in the snow to the left of the photo and added 0.2 pixels of gaussian blur. Hope that is of some use/interest.

Last Modified By Carabosse at 18 Feb 2009 - 8:52 PM

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piccy  8 Wales
18 Feb 2009 - 9:20 PM

One of the nicest views of this location I've seen. many thanks for you comments and mods on mine.
Freda

Last Modified By piccy at 18 Feb 2009 - 9:21 PM

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Tony_W  7128 forum posts5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2009 - 9:37 PM

Thanks CB and Piccy for the comments.

CB, couldn't really see the difference in the mod due to size so just tried out the blur on the original. The difference did show in the grass but mainly in a colour shift for some reason. Good to have as many comments and views as possible so thanks for the input.
Tony

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