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Down By The Riverbank

By PLH  
I was walking along the river Wensum in Norfolk & this shot seemed like a good excuse to try out my ND filters. This shot was one of several.

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Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
5 Sep 2011 11:36AM
I think you're faced with an exposure nightmare here..bthere's such a contrast between the bright patches of sky and the dark undergrowth that a single exposure just can't cope with this range of brightness. Hence here there are burnt-out patches of sky and water at the bridge and areas on the right in almost total shadow.

You've exposed well for the moving water itself, and if it's the effect you want it's worked quite well. I think the only way to avoid the problems I've mentioned would be to take a couple of different shots (on a tripod of course) one brighter for the shadow area and one darker to hold detail in the patches of sky - and then blend them later. (it's possible that if you'd shot in raw there would have been enough latitude to create these two different shots from the one raw shot).

Just my honest thoughts, hope they're some use

PLH 12 23 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 7:59PM
Thanks for that, I did take several shots, some slightly more & some less exposed so I will give your advice a go, have to admit it's not something I've done in before, but half this hobby is all about learning. Again, thanks for your input.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 9:50PM
This is a lovely scene, Paul, and Stephen has told you why the image doesn't work well. My eye is drawn to the red bridge, which has a beautiful reflection. I think I would have gone for a closer shot of that. I find it to be the most interesting part of the image. This way, you could have avoided the dark tree on the right, but would still have had to cope with the strong light. Easier to handle, though.
PLH 12 23 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2011 10:33PM
I've spent the evening trying to get colour into the sky, but even the underexposed shot show a white sky - it was a very grey day!. I could import sky from another shot - not something I like doing - or re shoot next time I'm out there, I think I'll do that. Thanks again for the comments
Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
5 Sep 2011 11:16PM
If you find the right viewpoint, shots like this can often work with no sky, which removes that problem

Lynamick 20 2 31 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 4:41PM
I have added some blue sky and lightened up the right hand side of your photo. The trouble is you have done such a good job with the slow shutter speed on the water that it takes the eye of the viewer to the bridge, which again you have done a good job with the reflection, from then on the viewers eye is led right out of the frame. I could not do anything with that. It is a really nice scene maybe you could re shoot it?
I hope that I have been some help to you.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
18 Nov 2011 6:59PM
Definitely 2 shots here Paul as has been stated above.

One thing to remember also is the effect the colour Red has when it appears in an image, - it attracts the eye right away, so it works best if it appears on a third, as a focal point.

To show how it can actually make two separate images that work independently, Ive loaded two mods, one of the right of the image, the other the left. And I just filled in the white sky with trees. If you werent there, you wouldnt know that trees should not be there.



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