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Last of the light

By tom_earwaker
Similar to yesterday's upload. The foreground is not as nice to look at but I like the fact there is more water in the frame to make it a bit more calming.
HDR from three shots, cloned out one or two distracting branches, tried to bring out the pinks and deep blues , sharpened a bit and increased contrast in some areas.

Tags: Landscape Reflections Lake Fence Twilight Warwickshire Landscape and travel Bubbenhall Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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ashokynk 5 1 India
24 Mar 2017 2:48PM
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
24 Mar 2017 2:48PM
Another nice one.

Ive tried a crop thats wider than 16 X 9, closer to a pano to make use of the left rails placing them in the corners, with some tweaks for contrast and slightly reduced exposure.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2017 8:15AM
I missed your previous upload from this location the other day, I've just had them up side by side. I do prefer the composition here, it's more direct. But I'm not convinced that the view suits the extreme wide angle treatment, I would prefer a longer focal length.

Using the diagonal of the fence should serve as a dynamic lead-in. But the angles of the uprights are straining away from the water, holding back. That creates an uneasy tension. What this lacks for me is a weight on the right side of the frame to balance the distortion in the fence. So the effect is one-sided, I have the impression that the frame is trying to tilt over sideways and fall out of the side of the screen...
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
25 Mar 2017 9:51PM
Plunging composition. I like it, though the dynamism is at odds with the tranquility of the lake.

Willie's trimming makes the most of the plunge. I like the way that hte bank on the right mirrors the shape of the fence. This'll be very Marmite, I think, but excellent impact!
26 Mar 2017 12:16PM
Thanks for the interesting comments, the perspective from the wide angle does make it a bit unsettling and takes away from the calm and still atmosphere. I found another photo I had taken off the tripod a bit earlier when I was trying some different viewpoints - see my mod. I think I was a bit lower down to the water level as the reflections don't diverge as much. Apart from the slight motion blur in the foreground, I think I prefer it to my original.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2017 12:23PM
Yes I prefer your second version, the arrowhead effect is more dynamic without the really extreme wide angle 'drag back' effect in the fence posts.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
27 Mar 2017 9:48PM
The scene is calming and your second version is much more in tune with that. Diagonals give a feeling of dynamism and energy, not quite what this scen ei s about.

It's an issue when using (extreme) wide angles that it's so easy to get strong diagonals where there aren't any originally.
Keeping the camera square to the ground takes discipline, and does impact on composition but the results are worth persevering.

Mind you, the presence of the fence makes this difficult, though avoiding the fence altogether here would produce a much less interesting image.

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