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A Burrator Bridge

By Pictureperson    
A four focus and exposure stacked image of Burrator Head Bridge.

Tags: Bridges Waterscape Landscape and travel Dartmoor national park Streams and rivers Photostacking


dudler Plus
16 995 1552 England
11 Jun 2019 9:23PM
Now, there's an interesting shot...

It's intriguing, in terms of mixing focus stacking iwth a moving subject - it seems to me to have worked really well.

There's also the mix of natural and artificial shapes: the circular holes under the bridge seem very out of place.

The thing that strikes an off-key note may well be entirely real - the almost dead-straight brancy above the bridge. It really draws the eye - I assume that's as the reality was, rather than an artifact of the stacking?

That draws the eye to the top of the shot, and what feels like quite a tight crop. I think I might either take it lower, so that there's no daylight over the bridge, or zoom wider.

I'm fascinated by the result, and if I'd taken it, I'd be feeling very pleased indeed.

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 607 England
11 Jun 2019 9:40PM
I wouldn't have thought that a landscape image like this needed focus stacking, and do wonder that an aperture of f/11 or so wouldn't have sufficed. Nevertheless, a good result.

Those branches at teh top are a small distraction and the image is more pleasing with them cropped out. A lower viewpoint would have had the same effect and would've made more of the foregropund too.

A good looking location and worth a visit at other times of the year too, if you can.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4066 Canada
11 Jun 2019 9:48PM
Can you explain what you mean by focus and exposure stack? Want to make sure we understand this the same way.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2114 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 8:42AM
I am curious as to your reasons for using the technique in this location. It produces a hyper-real effect which is actually quite unnatural for the viewer's eye.

Normally we focus on the fore to middle ground, we see that area in sharp focus, and the more distant view softens gently as it recedes. Combined with the effects of perspective this is how we get a sense of distance, and that is compromised here. That's why the branches at the top become a distraction, rather than a frame.

As a technical exercise it's very well done. But for me it creates the scientist's analytical view, not the artist's interpretive view. I hope that makes sense.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1287 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2019 3:43PM
It looks pretty good to me. Method is of interest to others, but not to he final result. Does the method used work ? yes.

Not normally my kind of thing, but the quality here is good and the culvert type bridge makes the composition.

12 Jun 2019 5:31PM
Looks good. The branch doesn't bother me... it's obviously in the near(ish) field, and anyway your eye instantly, and automatically, adjusts focus as you look through a scene. However, assuming for the sake of the effect on the water you didn't want to go slower than 1s, I think with that camera you could have safely ramped up the ISO without compromising quality and then used f.11 or even f.16... then if necessary lift the exposure a bit in post. That would have been simpler... "Occam's Razor" and all that... but I would be the first to admit that it's fun to play with software Wink.

Anyway you got a good result, and that's the bottom line.

I wanted to create what I saw, an babbling brook emerging from beyond a bridge cascading over rocks. The contrast was huge with the woods and bridge was in deep shadow and the stream moving from bright background to light foreground through this deep shadow. I was drawn into the image by the brightly lit stream beyond the bridge.
I wanted as much detail as possible so chose a low ISO, I didnít want to turn to water to wispy mist so want to keep exposure around ⅕ SEC to give movement and detail. This produced a poor depth of field hence the need to stack to give me the ability to meander through and into the image as I did when I viewed it that evening.
Thank for your feedback it has been helpful and I will be going back there again throughout the seasons to see if I can capture the seasonal changes in atmosphere and ambience.

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