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Flow through the Trees

By RobertFranklinPhotography    
Trees and a stream near Bratley View, New Forest National Park

Attempting to get the effect of the sunlight, the forest and the water together here.

My thoughts were a lower angle might have been better, but this was perched on an outcrop and pretty much as low as it would go.

Nearly lost some footwear in the boggy ground to the left trying to reach the stones!

Tags: Landscape Forest Water Trees Green New forest Heather Brown Hampshire Gorse Landscape and travel

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
13 May 2013 9:59AM
Interesting scene...felt the colours blended together a little so have done a mod Smile

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:00PM
I agree the colours are all muted and very similar, but with more drama, it wouldn't matter. The main problem here making it dramatic enough for it not to matter.
Maybe getting closer to the water and using a vertical framing, using the pebbles as foreground interest (as they would be bigger in the frame) and the shape of it running through the trees would give more prominence in the frame. At the moment, all it's doing is reflecting the colours of it's surroundings and adding to the blandness.

Perhaps more dramatic light would help add textures to the trees and pebbles, but they don't seem too sharp (surprising considering how good the lens is), so maybe there is a little shake or focussing error, but there shouldn't be. Shooting at the beginning or end of the day with the sun lower would help bring out more detail with the low sun in the right direction.

Oh, that, no, no, no, no. bad HDR!!

Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
13 May 2013 7:07PM
Tried a mod, it doesn't really work.

Thanks Nick

Agreed. Was a bit limited by how much water risk I wanted to take with the camera.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
13 May 2013 9:12PM
A nice location.
A slight change to the composition would help as has been suggested.
However, the lighting is just not giving the scen the lift and excitement that you felt on your visit. Lower angle light at a different time of day, and re-visiting the same spot at different times of the year should yield some "better" images (if you see what i mean, not meant in a bad way) as well as providing a nice series.

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
14 May 2013 9:16AM
It's a nice scene, but nothing really jumps out to make it a 'must look at'. I admit to not being really into landscape, but that means I need something to really make me look, dramatic weather, lighting, subject and so on. You mention post exposure lighting correction. This image is very warm including the grass. It looks like your daylight correction has added red.

I would try adding a touch of cyan or removing some red. It is quite possible to adjust apparent lighting in a JPG although not quite as well as in RAW. Simple application of the colour wheel and complimentarys as we had to do when colour printing in the wet darkroom. Nothing really changes.


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