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Distant Hills

By Tony_W
This image is a cropped version of a photo I took on my way home from The Lakes last year.
The wide open vista was quite stunning at the time but when I looked at the image back home it didn't look quite so stunning. Some of the beauty was the sheer expanse of the view and just being there. This you can't really put over in an image.

Anyway it got me thinking what should I have concentrated on in the image to make a better photo. Seeing opportunities for photos is not my strong point. I narrowed it down to the cropped version above.

I've uploaded a jpg of the original raw file so you can see what I mean. I know the foreground of the original is boring and too dark in places, I'd have cropped the bottom down a bit if I'd used more of the image.

Your comments would be most appreciated, especially composition and image content.


Tags: Landscape and travel

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lyntonB 14 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2009 11:47PM
Superb landscape image, nice detail and composition.

22 Jan 2009 12:11AM
Beautiful image! !

shaz4 15 26 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 6:04PM
Not a lot of help but....I think it kinda lacks a focal point..I keep looking round but am not sure where I'm supposed to look next....I think it's a lovely view but maybe more of a 'snapshot'than a 'landscape'...Sorry.....
herbie 13 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 6:48PM
I get very miffed with club judges that claim they need a focal point . For me the point Is the view
Real nice light capture here so dont dispair!
Tony_W 14 128 5
22 Jan 2009 7:02PM
Thanks to everyone for their comments.

Sharon, I put the photo up for comments so yours is helpful even if not of a positive nature.
I guess an image is seen in different lights dependent on what interests you in life. Knowing you don't like hills Smile, I can understand your comments. For me, I'd love to have a wander around the sunlit hills in the distance. The curves and contours I find quite appealing. To me they are the focus of the image.

Your comment got me thinking though. In many landscapes I don't see a point of focus, just a dominant object perhaps. Most individual components of a landscape, if isolated from the image hold only a fleeting interest to me, they are part of a bigger picture. It is the thoughts landscapes provoke and the shapes created in the images that attract me to them.

Each to their own but thanks again for the comments.
shaz4 15 26 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2009 7:27PM
I know what you're saying Tony and I do agree with you but as you know I don't like landscapes....LOL Anyway..I like the original image...That long grass looks quite appealing...Wink
rangerpaul 14 19 7 England
25 Jan 2009 5:01PM
Hi Tony. The crop you've chosen work nicely. I agree the bits you've chopped out (apart from one I'll mention later) hold little interest.
There's a nice curving line through the shot from the bottom left to the tree mid right then back left again to the hills out back. Only thing I'd change (and this is purely a personal thing) is to crop a little more of the bottom (just below the line of the fg field) and then include a little more of the sky (the bit I do find interesting).
Technically, a possible dodge of the highlights and a burn of the shadows might produce a little more contrast but overall it's a very pleasing shot.
Tony_W 14 128 5
26 Jan 2009 12:04AM
Hi Paul, thanks for the comments they are appreciated.

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