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If you go down to the woods today...

By SnappyViking
Taken on a recent walk in Delamere Forest, Cheshire.

Camera settings equaled: Cannon 500D, landscape mode, Sigma 18 - 200 @ 120, F5.6, 1/125 sec with ISO of 1600.

I realise that using the preset-modes is not the best but I do find I struggle getting things right in AP mode. I find I can see the potential of a scene - but need to practice the art of post processing.

I seen this shot and instantly wondered - just who had sat at the table for lunch?

Tags: Woodland Wildlife and nature

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paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 9:57PM
Great scenic shot.
Matt

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paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 7:16AM
There is something not right with your processing. The colours are wrong. It may have been pretty low light, but you really should try and get your ISO down as much as possible. A tripod would help a lot, or at least, a monopod. I rarely take my camera out in low light without some form of support and rareely go above ISO400, even with my 7D.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 1:59PM
It's a very attractive composition, with a natural (I think) vignette to frame it - I can see why you were attracted to the scene. But looking at the Exif I suspect that this is nothing like what you were actually seeing, and you have lightened it a lot. As Paul says, the answer for these conditions is a tripod.
Plus - pluck up courage, get used to the camera's settings, and move out of pre-set modes. The camera has a good brain but no imagination, and it's not telepathic, it can't read your mind as to what you want to achieve. You need to take control, and experiment until you are comfortable with those controls.
As this stands, I think it has decent potential for b&w conversion, because the lines of the trees and outlines of the leaves are strong. I'll give it a whirl.
Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2013 5:32PM
Edit to the above - no, I think you added the vignette. But it does work quite well.

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