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Friars crag

By joosie
this is Friars crag looking out onto Derwent water, with very difficult light - but I like the effect of thesun on the water . Its a simple pic

Tags: Landscape and travel

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2010 8:17PM
Beautiful shot.

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18 Oct 2010 8:26PM
good composition Joanne, very atmospheric. my favourite part of the country.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
18 Oct 2010 8:47PM
Lovely shot. Moira
monstersnowman 12 1.7k 1 England
19 Oct 2010 1:09AM
Hi Joosie, in terms of wanted critique I would slightly rotate the image a degree or two clockwise because whilst it may be straight the waterline on the bank in the distance gives an ever so slight feeling of tilt .. and I would crop out the foliage at the bottom - leaving you with a cleaner more pano style shot and no distraction from the foliage that is there as a distraction but adds little. Nice scene .. I like how the outcrop on the mid left is highlighted by the sun.
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
19 Oct 2010 4:04AM
Hi Joanne,

What a lovely scene and you'va managed to capture it quite well considering the bright sun and reflection. I see you have some foreground interest and as you said it is difficult light and a simple image.

I do think the image is very blue which is probably due to the white balance being fooled but a quick adjustment in Camera RAW or Lightroom will fix this. I also wonder if you have considered cropping this into a panoramic image as you have the horizon line a little too central for my liking. It makes the water too dominant in the image for me and the panoramic crop puts the horizon on the lower third.

I've uploaded a mod where I cropped the image as described above, adjusted the white balance, darkened the sky and lifted the darker areas slightly.

Hope this helps

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2010 5:04PM
Hello, Joanne. I am going to be different because I like the image as you have uploaded it. I like the sweep of light on the water and also the light area of cloud at the top right, which seems to balance the image and I feel it looks a bit too dark without that. The rules are there, and I can see their advantages, but sometimes they can be ignored. So I am not disagreeing with others' comments but just offering an alternative. In my modification, I just wanted to remove the intruding foliage from the bottom, and the bit of foreground tree on the left, to make a cleaner image, but I ended up making a few further adjustments, mainly highlights, shadows and contrast. In particular, I lightened the group of trees on the left.

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