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Cold day at wasdale

By martmag3
Cold day at wasdale very windy just getting back in to using my camera.

Tags: Landscape travel Landscape and travel

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TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2015 5:32PM
Hi Martin

I like this image - there's a good balance of drama with the distant mountains and sky, and the foreground details. Using a wide angle focal length has enabled you to get some nicely sharp detail throughout, from front to back. I love the shades of greys on those distant hills, particularly the one on the left - that's a pretty impressive peak!

The one thing I do think, though, is that because the foreground is much lighter than the distant hills, that difference in tone unbalances the image a bit.

I've done a quick mod where I've added a Linear gradient up from the bottom to about 2/3 up the image, using Black to Transparent. I set the Opacity of this layer to 60% to soften the effect and left the blend mode as Normal.

I also felt that the image needed a bit more contrast to give it more punch, so on top of the gradient layer I added a Black and White adjustment layer, set the blend mode to Soft Light and the Opacity to 75%. It might seem counter-intuitive to add a B&W layer, but by using the Soft Light blend mode, it retains the colour of the original and adds contrast without going over the top with it. You can use the opacity slider to make the contrast more subtle, if you want to.

One tiny spot removal of a dust bunny in the upper left corner of the sky, and that's it ... one slightly more contrasty, moody version of your original image Grin

I made these adjustments in Photoshop, but don't know what processing software you use?

3 Mar 2015 6:11PM
Tanya's mod really lifts an already great shot.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
3 Mar 2015 6:55PM
Its a nice scene overall. Nothing in particular in the frame to use as a focal point, meaning the entire scene is really the focal point.

It seems to need a clock-wise rotation unless Im mistaken, about 1 degree.

The composition may be better with some of the bottom area cropped out, - Ive done this in mod 2. Mod 1 is uncropped, rotated and a little sharpening and contrast work done. It does seem to need some sharpening as the stones have little detail. This could be improved by working on sharpening in RAW.

The option I explored a little is rather than darken the sun-lit foreground, lighten the distance, - but just a little. The variation is caused by cloud shadow and sun, so it seems natural to me.


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
3 Mar 2015 6:58PM
This is wonderfully seen, and you were lucky (or patient) with the weather - beautifully threatening!

I think there's a very slight tilt, though it may be my imagination, so I've done a one-degree clockwise rotation. And, to prove the point, a second mod, cropped just below the far shore.

I took the liberty of starting with Tanya's mod, with the drama upped a bit.
3 Mar 2015 7:12PM
Thanks everyone for your comments, and your mods to my photo, i am still learning and i am grateful you took the time to look, this was yesterday bitterly cold but enjoyed hot chocolate at the Wasdale Head Hotel

Thanks all Martin
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2015 8:32PM
Nice image. It is a well recorded pictorial scene of some appeal. Whilst I like it, it doesn't stop me dead with a wow! Lots of mods and each serves to show just how many different images can be in one file. I tend to swing towardscthose with q bit more density and contrast.

You have some dust on your sensor, top left.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
3 Mar 2015 8:35PM
Nothing to add to what's already been suggested. It just shows what you can do from your starting point. You should get some great results going back to work on your full size image (but working on a copy, of course). That's the advantage with shooting RAW, you always have the basic image to go back to when you need it and there is a lot more flexibility in how you process it and bring out detail. You may not like or feel comfortable with RAW, but it is beneficial for shots like this. Use it, even if only on such occasions.

So, critique you find helpful and a hot chocolate, what more can you ask for!

salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2015 6:19PM
A very attractive view and I agree with John, there's not a lot more to add to what has been suggested already, but I thought I would try a mod removing a lot of sky and concentating on the interesting foreground rocks and water. Just an alternative take on an excellent shot.


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