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Fishermans hut

By Ray12  
Fisherman's hut on a remote trout lake in the Cumberland country side.

Tags: Lake Stone Landscape and travel Cumberland


dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
18 Nov 2019 10:11PM
This is a pleasant scene and captured in attractive light.

You've used the foreground rocks to some advantage, but they don't add much. The large rock clump ion the centre rather dominates nd my eye goes straight to oit rather than the abandoned cottage.
To alleviate that if yopu could have moved right a few paces and given greater separation between those rocks and the cottage it would have allowed the eye to explore the image.

That said, there are numerous cropping and compositional choices all of which can produce a decent image. I've gone for a panoramic crop, which gets rid of the nearest small rocks.
I deepened the sky a touch then boosted the contrast of the land using separate Curves adjustments with a reduction in saturation of the blue in the water which went a bit overboard with my first adjustments.

I wonder why you used Spot metering and -1 EV when this scene when matrix metering would be perfectly able to cope. If you're comfortable using Spot and understand how meter works, then ok.

That shutter speed looks odd too, given the lower overall light levels at this time of year. You don;t need huige amounts of depth of field here but I'd be happier to use f/8 and be sure.


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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
18 Nov 2019 10:35PM
Its a nice scene Ray. Youve used a -1, so you do have room to brighten the land area.

I would also think its a touch cool dues to Auto WB and it can be just a little warmer, as if the sun was shining.

Using that building, which is well placed, I determined the image needed some rotation, and the building was my reference rather than the water line, and the waterline curves.

The mod has all of this done.


dudler Plus
17 1.2k 1679 England
19 Nov 2019 6:42AM
It's all worked pretty decently, I think - though part of me really wants to explore a bit more, to see if there's a better arrangement of the building nad rocks, and to try higher and lower caemra positions. did you try a series of different images, I wonder?

And, crucially, what did you want to achieve - andare you satisfied that you did so? Without knowing htat, we're critiquing the picture we'd have shot, rahter than the one that you did - if you see what I mean...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2019 8:48AM
It's a scene with strong elements - the hut, the rocks. As Keith says it lends itself to a variety of crops - I've uploaded square, which for me balances the horizontal interest of the water with the vertical interest of the rocks. I lightened a bit on shadows for detail in the rocks, but then burned shadows back in the foreground grass textures.

The different crops create different moods. There's an excellent book called The Photographer's Eye, by Michael Freeman, which deals with the mysteries of cropping and composition. One of the things he does is to take a scene and show the many different compositions that can be derived from it, using different placement and proportions and also different formats.

Two other adjustments in my mod - I got rid of a rock that ended up cut in half at the edge of the frame in my crop; and I skewed top right up a notch to get the far shore level. I thought at first it was a simple optical illusion, caused by the angle of the shore to the camera, but looking again at the building, there is a slight tilt in the image.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2019 7:03PM
Just because I can, I've tried an alternative crop, Ray.

My idea is to simply place the fisherman's hut on a thirds intersection so that it's the main focus of attention. This required a crop, but not a drastic one. Then, in order to take attention away from those enormous rocks, I reduced shadows until they took a backward step and blended more with their surroundings.
I levelled the image using the water line, brightened the image overall and sharpened.

It's a pleasant scene and it's interesting to see the other alternative modifications that have been offered. I hope this gives you a lot of food for thought.

pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
21 Nov 2019 12:03AM
Hi from me too.
It is a nice scene. And I appreciate the way you decided to depict it.

My approach to (landscape) photography combines aesthetics and an internal observation and understanding of my subject.

A fisherman's hut? Want fish? Look at the sea! Let's go get our catch! To the sea!

So I would bypass the foreground rocks and set my camera to their right pointing my lens to the left and to the sea, keeping the hut nearer to the right edge of the frame with even less amount of land (minimal or none) and more amount of sea from the left. No fish is found on dry land rocks, right?


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