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Frozen stream in misty morning..

By Manas
In the cool morning the frozen stream is sleeping in the lap of hills with the onlooking trees around...

How this image could have been captured better ? Please advise.

Tags: Stream Misty morning Landscape and travel Trees forest Hills landscape

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16 Apr 2019 12:06PM
Hi Manas

You've captured a very moody and atmospheric scene here, and composed it very well. All your camera settings look good to me too.
However there are one or two points I would mention...

The image does have a slightly heavy and dark look to it, so in my mod I've reduced the contrast of the entire image and also slightly increased the brightness.
Also, the absence of detail in the top right quarter of the frame does, in my opinion, slightly upset the balance of the composition... though others may disagree. In my mod, I've increased the contrast in that area, by selecting it with the Marquee Tool ( very heavily feathered ) and then applying a Levels adjustment... moving the sliders until some detail began to appear. This had the unwanted effect of increasing the blue component in the colour of the mist, so I reduced the blue until the colour balance matched the colour in the rest of the image.
Finally I applied some sharpening.

I hope you find my suggestions helpful.


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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2019 12:58PM
First of all, this is way better than the version that you uploaded in the main gallery yesterday - it looks as though you have taken that down. As was pointed out, there was a definite white balance problem there, it was very blue including in areas such as the foliage that definitely should not be blue! So well done for the corrective work that you have done.

It was worth working on, it's a strong image. The strength I think is the clearly defined foreground structure, particularly all those verticals, and the contrast between the dead stump and the vibrant greens. And then the stream, meandering into the mist - that defines a route for the eye to explore.

Mist is difficult to convey in a digital image because precisely the factors that make it so atmospheric when we are experiencing it for real - the softness, the flatness, the loss of three dimensions - they can easily work against it in an image. That's why the strong foreground interest is vital here, it gives the 3-D effect, so it needs to be clear and something approaching bright. So, as with the white balance, the art is maybe in the post-processing rather than the actual taking.

I've uploaded a modification worked on similar lines to Alan's but a bit brighter. I added half a stop exposure, reduced contrast, made a Levels tweak and then used the dodge and burn tools very gently, large brush, respectively on highlights and shadows, over the foreground foliage. That boosts texture, brings the foreground forward, makes it more immediate. For me it's about establishing a real contrast between here where we are and there where it's misty and mysterious. That gives 3-D.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
16 Apr 2019 1:05PM
I like this.

I cropped off some of the space on the right side in the mod, reduced contrast, and tweaked white balance.

All settings look good, - perhaps f/11 may have improved detail in the foreground, and after that its really about post processing to your taste.


pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2019 4:45PM
You found a lovely scene to photograph, enhanced by the mist and the cool atmosphere.
Mist gives instant mood and magic to the scene, adding an extra level of environmental interest to your shot. It also adds a touch of mysticism, which you've used to your advantage.

However, it can make a landscape look flat, but you have avoided that by using the foreground trees to add dimension.
This foreground intrerest is important. You composed this well. Without it, your image could lack weight. Objects close to you, like these trees, will have plenty of colour and appear sharp, which contrasts well against the vanishing vista behind. It provides perspective and a sense of depth.

You used the stream as a leading line, to lead the viewer's eye through your scene, which was a good choice in your composition.

I have nothing else to add, and would only make subtle alterations in a modification, but that has already been done.

dudler Plus
16 949 1521 England
17 Apr 2019 5:08AM
I really like the way that Alan's brought out subtle background detail in his modification - it adds to the depth of the picture, although it does change the mood a bit. If it was my picture, I'd rather have the modified version, but you might feel differently. Please let us know!

On a technical level, at the time of taking, I think the focus is possibly on the distant slopes, rather than the trees in the foreground. There's not much difference, but it's just enough to catch my eye. Even in a shot like this, it pays to choose your focus area really carefully, and not let the camera's AF mechnaism make choices you need to.
Manas 8 India
17 Apr 2019 1:01PM
Thank you all for your suggestions, tips & modifications. These are really helpful to understand photography better.


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