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Danbury Country Park

By G_Pop
I attempted to capture the peace and tranquility of a local Country Park

Tags: Reflection in water Landscape and travel

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chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
7 Nov 2019 12:37PM
Hi William and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

I rather like this, a pretty blue sky, good reflections and I like your POV, possibly one I would have voted for in the main Gallery.
I did a very quick mod.
Reduced the blue content in the greenery, added a slight touch of contrast and a small crop from the top. Whilst I don't mind the leaves at the very top they are not 'joined' to anything in the frame.
Removed a small dark mark in the clouds...may be a bird and one on the water.
I think you have controlled you exposure nicely, a good balance between the sky and the land.
Personally I am not a fan of copyright signatures on images but, you have kept it to a minimum right at the bottom.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
7 Nov 2019 1:20PM
Welcome William.

I would like to ask a couple of questions if I may regarding your settings as I go along.

You used Manual mode; with a shot like this, it would be usual to use Aperture Priority so that you could control depth of field; in face this is the mode you would use for 98% of all shots, using Shutter Priority for moving subjects, birds, etc. So why select M mode?

You shot at the widest angle, 18mm which is great, you get a lot in the frame.

Your shutter speed at 18mm can be way slower than 1/200th, as low as 1/60th without any trouble at all; this would have allowed for a lower ISO, and although ISO 800 looks quite good here, a lower ISO is always something to look for when its achievable, - you could have been at around ISO 200.

Your aperture selection is good for producing depth in the image.

The image itself, - first I notice its not quite vertical; the top of that tall tree i the centre should be in line vertically with the top of its reflection, so this requires a small rotation to make it vertical.

Colour overall is leaning towards a blue cast, - not unusual when using AWB and JPEG, shooting RAW allows more control over white balance in post processing.
If you re-sized the image before uploading, you would have needed to apply sharpening to the smaller image, and it seems soft here. Best thing is not to resize, upload the large file and EPZ will re-size and sharpen.

I did upload a mod, mod2, and I have slightly rotated, sharpened, warmed the tone a little, and increased exposure where the trees are; they will tend to underexposes as they are sandwiched between the brightness of the sky and the lake, - both of which are well exposed here.

I hope you find this helpful, and look forward to seeing more uploads.


chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
7 Nov 2019 1:32PM
Great mod from Willie here !
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2019 1:40PM
Welcome from me too, I hope you will enjoy it here and find it useful.

Very well see, first of all, and well done for using portrait format. It leads the eye very gently upwards, from a very tactile, immediate foreground through the scene and to a good sky.

A foliage frame can be very effective, it creates the sense of a private, peaceful place. My suggestion though is that you need to watch what is happening at all the edges of the image, because problems there can distract the viewer's eye, lead it away from the real story.

So while you have a very satisfying 'cradle' of foliage along the lower edge of the frame, to tell us where we are, there are odd disconnected bits of foliage elsewhere, around the upper edges in particular.

So look very carefully when composing, not just at the way the main subject interests you but at anything else that is peeping into the frame. Aim either for foliage that joins up as a frame, or none at all. Often just moving half a step will make all the difference.

Meanwhile cropping or the clone tool can make all the difference.
7 Nov 2019 5:46PM

Quote: So why select M mode?

Because then you can control everything?
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 795 England
7 Nov 2019 8:32PM
Welcome from me too.

A pleasing scene, and all I'd do here is a slight rotation and warming the colour balance. That helps with the tranquil mood that you wanted.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
8 Nov 2019 8:37PM
There's a calm symmetry to this, with enough asymmetry to make it interesting, but without spoiling the peace. Even the little gap in the cloud is nicely aligned over the tree.

Maybe golden light would have made the colours glow more, but then the clouds would be different, and the sun might not illuminate this view when it's close to hte horizon.

One question: I can see the point of manual shooting: but who leave the camera to sort out the white balance? It's soemthign that you should wnat to control very precisely to get the right effect, the right emotional feel in the picture...

G_Pop Plus
14 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2019 9:41PM
Thank you all for your comments. It has been most encouraging to read them and to see the suggested modifications. I am a rather elderly photographer, not very expert at post processing and have never submitted anything for critiquing before. I appreciate the gentleness of your critiquing and will probably summon up courage to do so again in the future. If I can take a photograph that I think is worth submitting. Sorry about the copyright signature Chase
Thank you, G_Pop
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
10 Nov 2019 8:55AM
It's the 'what could i have done better?' pictures that are the best thing to post here...

And having fun taking lots of pictures. That's the most important of all, photographically!



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