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Autumn Mist

By debbiegee  
Taken on an early morning in October last year. On my way down from Craig Goch I spotted the sun behind the spray rising off the dam. Had to stop and get the shot!

Tags: Elan valley Landscape and travel

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sawsengee 15 6 41 Malaysia
13 Mar 2020 10:51AM
Stunning capture with full atmospheric rangeSmile
iancrowson 12 215 169 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2020 10:53AM
This is what is written above the comment box.
" All photos in the Critique Gallery have been posted by members who would appreciate constructive comments. The Critique Gallery is a learning zone. Do not post "nice picture" or similar comments which amount to no more than compliments."
You don't state what advice you would like, composition, settings, etc.

The photo is excellent in several ways and I don't really think you need any advice other than keep on doing what you are doing photographically!
People will offer mods that will change the look of the image. I like it as it is. Maybe lighten the shadows a touch? Some would say that even the deepest shadows in a colour photo should show a slight touch of detail.

13 Mar 2020 11:08AM
Thank you Ian
13 Mar 2020 11:09AM
Thank you Sawsengee
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
13 Mar 2020 11:20AM
It would be great to have a little more info with ref to which area(s) of critique you are looking for.
I like this image, love the mist.
The little building could perhaps do with a straighten,( I want to pull the bottom left corner out a little) and the shadows lifting a touch as Ian has mentioned.
13 Mar 2020 11:25AM
Hi Chase. Just general improvement really? Thanks for your observations. Will look at doing that
chase Plus
16 2.4k 621 England
13 Mar 2020 11:28AM
I did do a very swift mod.
Pulled out the LHS corner to help the verticals, not by much, I used the transform tool in Photoshop set to 'skew'
Cropped a touch from top and bottom, lifted the shadows in the camera raw filter ( Photoshop)
Added a drop of sunshine.
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
13 Mar 2020 12:14PM
What post processing have you done here Debbie, if any?
If you have an original, untouched version, can you upload it as your own version or modification please?

The focal length indicated is incorect, so Im not sure if that the also throws the entire exif details into question?


TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2020 1:43PM
My first thought was that this was a composite of some sort, as that horizontal line at the 'edge' of the water seemed way too good to be true. My second thought was that, if it wasn't a composite, I seriously need to get out more with my camera!

As pointed out above, this critique gallery is a learning zone. I think that Janet's done the tweak that it needed in terms of straightening that vertical in the building.

For me personally, I think that there's some compromising of the quality in this upload. Some of the foliage on the left seems very slightly out of focus, and there's some mild edge ghosting on the darker foliage on the right. There's also some visible artefacts around the edge of that building that are bugging me, although that may be due to some sort of compression issue with the upload (or with the processing).

But in terms of impact as an image, it does deliver that.
iancrowson 12 215 169 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2020 1:58PM
Going back to the image, the waterline is not horizontal( which I'm not sure it needs to be as it's not like a sea horizon). This may worry some viewers. I also noticed the building was not entirely straight but as it is an old one so who knows? Maybe the mist is making bits look slightly out of focus.
I whole image is not too good quality to say it was captured on a decent camera.Maybe something to do with the uploading.?
However, my first impression of it being a really good atmospheric scene remains.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1937 England
13 Mar 2020 3:06PM
I'm thinking this is the edge of a dam that is absolutely filled to overtopping the wall... That would explain a waterline that's not horizontal... And it fits with the rising spray.

We don't know the place, though, so it's not obvious, as it is to you, having been there.

There seem to me to be some quite odd colours in there, so I'm interested in your white balance and any processing you did.

And, as others have said, if you can tell us more, we may have more ideas.

I really like the setting - stay and milk it wile the light lasts next time!

In my mod, I rotated a degree clockwise and cropped. I then used Adobe Camera Raw to brighten the shadows and alter colours - less green, less blue, for a result that pleases my eyes more, but may not actually be as the scene was.

banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
13 Mar 2020 5:33PM
Ill wait for an original if you have one, and all of the exif data. This image looks wrong somehow. Very soft, chromatic aberration, odd colours, etc. and that impossible focal length fr that camera/lens combination.
clevercloggs 18 251 15 Netherlands
14 Mar 2020 9:11AM
The edge of the dam took may fancy as I could not immediately understand what it was. Like others i thought the image was a compilation of 2 images and that sharp horizontal edge was where these 2 met.
Having understood all that, i still think that the edge is a distraction and could have done with some more visual explanation which a different (higher?) viewing point could have explained.

The left hand side of the image is clearly off, there is something wrong with it. It cannot be wind pushing the trees as there is fog.
For a moment i thought it was a result of under exposure but that can be ruled out too.
All i am left is that possibly the front was too dark and that you 'upped' it in photoshop to bring out more detail in the front, which then lead to these unclear areas.
Apart from that the mood is pleasant and the fog is well captured.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 819 England
18 Mar 2020 12:08PM
It doesn't matter if it's the sea or not, water is level and therefore should be in an image, unless you're going for extremes/effect.

The exif makes no sense.
This image suffers from camera shake, which given the light levels in autumn is always a danger. But without accurate exif it's difficult to give precise help.

But you have capured the light and atmosphere very nicely. Enhancing the softness with added grain, texture or watercolour effect at low opacity is worth trying.

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