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Castlerigg Stone Circle

By lillypix  
I'm not much of a landscaper but I'm trying to learn...

This was 7am on a Sunday and colder than it ought to have been. The light was poor as I had to leave before it got good, but the mist hanging in the valley was lovely. I was expecting to find a few other folk there photographing but ran into a massive workshop instead, hence the inclusion of only part of the circle and not all of it - it was the only composition possible without people in!

Canon 5D, 24-70mm f2.8L lens @43mm, 8 sec @ f10, ISO 50, plus 0.9ND grad to hold back the sky.

In post-production I boosted clarity, reduced contrast a little, fiddled with white balance to bring out the cold and blue a bit, and added a fractional amount of post-crop vignetting.

How could I have made more of the opportunity, or do more to bring a little drama into the image with post-production (have LR3 not PS.) All comments gratefully received.


Tags: Castlerigg Landscape and travel

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Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 7:31PM
Not much of a landscaper ???????.......If this were mine I'd be well chuffed !!!!!

It's a cracking shot !!!.....gorgeous effect with the mist, & the 'blue' aura is sublime.....

'Drama' ???...the drama is in the sky, the rest is pure tranquility at it's best !!!....I wouldn't change a single pixel.....1st class stuff !!!!

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JOKEN 7 3 10 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 7:42PM
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 8:01PM
I find it rather too dark, particularly in the foreground. The background is, indeed, superb, but I would have liked more brightness in the stones to reveal at least a little detail. Possibly a swift brush over with the dodge tool.

lillypix 6 60 4 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2011 9:42PM

I came away from the shoot feeling I'd somehow not made the most of it, but with such kind comments I can't help but feel better about it Smile

I've uploaded a modification (I'm not sure if I can add it as a version or not) in which I've had a quick go at lightening the foreground. I can't decide whether I like it more or not so I'm going to give it another crack tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
22 Nov 2011 10:30PM
Please see my mod.
As Paul suggests, a quick rub down with the dodge tool set to 75% for the rocks and a tweak or two using curves to boost the contrast and add a little punch.
And that was all.
Hope it's OK.

fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
23 Nov 2011 8:33AM
I have also produced a mod which i hope you think is an improvement.

lillypix 6 60 4 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2011 11:38AM
I really like the mods - and thanks for taking the time.

@Jestertheclown. This is my favourite mod - you've managed to bring out the detail in the rocks without making the grass look insipid. I'm going to try and recreate (but don't own Photoshop so will try in Lightroom.)

@Whiterose1. Great drama but perhaps a little too unrealistic for my tastes.

@Fentiger. I like the serenity in this, and like all the changes you've made though I might bring back the blue. I was trying to communicate quite how cold the scene was and like the cool blue aura.

They've all shown me that my version can be considerably improved on still...

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
23 Nov 2011 1:43PM
Glad you like it!

I'm not sure that there is a dodge tool in Lightroom although the adjustments brush would probably work.

However, there is a dodge tool in this.

lillypix 6 60 4 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2011 3:14PM
It's taken a while but I finally got around to editing this image again taking your advice into account - I haven't lightened up the foreground loads because I quite like the foreboding and cold in the photo as it is, but I've tried to bring a load more detail into the rocks.

Let me know what you think - better, worse, better but not better enough?


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