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Lakeland Variation 2

By Tony_W
Second posting of this image as I took on board advice regarding contrast from both CB and RangerPaul. The second attempt is so much better than the first I didn't want to leave the first on the site.
Thanks to mick_c shaz4 purplejellyfish500 TeeCee rangerpaul stanleyj mroch06 for commenting/voting on the previous version.

Taken last Tuesday overlooking Ambleside whilst most of the south of the country was struggling with loads of the white stuff. We got about 3" on the Sunday night but most was gone by Tuesday as you can see. It left behind a very surreal view with lush green grass in the valley, hints of autumnal colours on the trees and wintery scenes on the high fells. I took this as I liked the way the layers stacked up. Hope you like it too.

Contrast and balancing of the light between foreground and distant hills was done using grad filters in ACR. Final tweaking using burn tool after opening in PS.

Comments and criticisms welcome so please tell me what you think.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Lake district Snow Lakes Mountains Landscape and travel

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Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 11:49PM
Excellent colours and well composed Tony, nice stuff.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
10 Feb 2009 12:02AM
Its a nice shot, - attractive scene, nice range of colours.

I didnt see the original so cant comment on the difference.

Theres a few tweaks I am inclined to suggest, as in the mod.

The colour of the snow on the hills looks a little too red/orange, modified with a curves adjustment ; I would crop some space off the bottom; it can be sharpened some more; the nice evening glow on the hill can be increased for a little more punch.

Nice work,


Tony_W 14 128 5
10 Feb 2009 12:13AM
Thanks Hopey and Willie for the comments.
Willie, if its not too much trouble, how did you apply the curves adjustment to remove the red please? I've had a go at doing it myself after your comment but without success. Also what would you do to increase the glow on the hill?
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
10 Feb 2009 2:36AM
Theres a technique for doing this whereby you use a Threshold adjustment first to identify where the white and black areas start.

What this actually does is set the reference for black and white to be neutral (no colour bias) and will remove colour cast.

Open Threshold, - you will see a b&w image; slide the slider to the left, - it becomes all white, slide to slowly to the right, and the black area starts to show; using the colour sampler tool - set to 3X3 average, click the centre of the small balck area; it will leave a target with the number 1 in it; then slide the slider all the way to the roght, - the image becomes all black, - slide slowly left until white areas appear, - use the colour sample to click the white area, where it will leave a target with the number 2 in it. Close the Threshold dialogue, and turn off the layer. Youre now left with your original image with the numbered targets on the image. Open curves; select the black dropper, and click it on the #1 target to set black; then pick up the white dropper and click on the #2 target. Curves should now be set so black = black and white = white. You can set the value of the black dropper to default to 14,14,14, and the white dropper to default to 246, 246, 246 prior to using curves, by double clicking the droppers, - and saving the new defaults. This will give you better results than the defaults Photoshop comes with. If this is confusing, it wont be when you get through it once. Theres also some tips/techniques easily available with a google search.

Heres one of many links:

For the glow on the hill I applied a warming filter at approx 40%.

Hope this helps,


Tony_W 14 128 5
10 Feb 2009 8:21AM
Thanks for the info Willie. I'd been using a much more crude method by using the colour sampler to select a white, in this case the snow near the lower walls and making sure it was a neutral, close to white colour. This left the lower snow 'white' but the upper snow with the colour.

Thanks also for the ronbigelow link, I now get his rss feeds.

moglen Plus
14 14 1
10 Feb 2009 10:35PM
wow x
rangerpaul 14 19 7 England
15 Feb 2009 7:41PM
Much prefer this to the original and some very useful advise from Willie!
It's a beautifully composed shot Tony

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