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Leeds Castle, Kent

By derekhansen
I thought I would get away from the voting for a while and put up some images that I quite like but didnt come out as well as I hoped because I suspect they have some problems either technically or compositionally.
This is an early morning shot of the castle with a small stream leading into the lake in the foreground. Please let rip because I know I still have very much to learn.
Derek

Tags: Landscape General Kent Lakes Architecture Castles Leeds castle Landscape and travel

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bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 6:53AM
nice colours,nice compositions i like it .rob
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 7:00AM
This is a fine landscape. The 10/20 Sigma is a cracking lens. My first thought was crop the bottom a bit, and that has already been done in the mod. I don't think you need that little bit of stream and wood in the bottom.

Paul
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
21 Oct 2010 7:01AM
like the autumn colour. the fg leads you in to the scene, wonder if theres too much of it. although my mod i've croped too tight to the stick. in the mod i stretched the canvass to try and make the castle alitle more dominant in the scene.but dont think it does anything for it, good to have a play though.lesley
jeb2012 11 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 7:11AM
Excellent capture
ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 9:02AM
The two thirds rule has been stuck to here and works well...the foreground leads the eye into the shot and focus is sharp throughout the image. The only way in my mind that this could be improved upon would be to have waited for the obvious breeze to stop and hence reveal a perfect reflection on what then would have been still waters. This way you would have had interest throughout the image.....

the foreground would lead the eye to the reflection which in turn would lead the eye to the castle on the horizon.

Whilst this is not necessarily critiquing the shot, I am simply offering a suggestion for the future. An old advocate of EPZ..."Andytvcams" would often sit for hours waiting for the right light and each and every shot that he produced was well worth the shot as they stood out above other similar shots.

Hope this helps a wee bit
Mike
James_C Plus
12 38 57 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 9:58AM
Each to thier own. In my opinion, photographically, the picture is very good. It has good colour, a pleasing warm light and is reasonably sharp - I suspect it has lost a little sharpness in resizing. The problem is that the subject is Leeds Castle and its moat/lake, but the foreground occupies too much of the scene and is dominant. I have posted two mdifications to illustrate how this could be rectified.

In the first modification I have cropped it to a panoramic view. I have kept almost the full width - just a tiny bit cropped off the lhs - and have cropped off the bottom so that the castle sits just above the middle - in the "happy half". You still get the stream leading the eye in and the tops of the sedge grass to give foreground interest, but the castle and moat are now definately the subject.

The second modification maintains the more classic landscape proportions. In this one I have again cropped off the bottom to reduce its dominance, but this time have left the castle on the upper third line. The sides I have cropped in to leave the castle roughly centred on the right hand third line. This crop also - rather conveniently - leaves the stream entering the moat on the lower left hand thirds cross point.

Undoubtedly there are many other ways of treating this subject, but given the taken picture, this is my approach.

All the best,

James
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 4:16PM

Quote: the fg leads you in to the scene, wonder if theres too much of it.

Thanks for the Mod Lesley. I think that you are right here and this is something I had considered. At the time I was probably too concerned about getting all the log in but in hindsight it just clutters the image.

Quote: The only way in my mind that this could be improved upon would be to have waited for the obvious breeze to stop and hence reveal a perfect reflection on what then would have been still waters.


I was there for 2 hours Mike and the surface never settled in that area which was very frustrating. I considered a long exposure hoping to smooth out the water but of course then I would have had problems with the foreground grass blurring.

Quote:

In the first modification I have cropped it to a panoramic view. I have kept almost the full width - just a tiny bit cropped off the lhs - and have cropped off the bottom so that the castle sits just above the middle - in the "happy half".




Thanks James. I really like the panoramic mod in fact it is my favourite including my own

Finally thanks to all who took the time to critique or comment. Its very much appreciated.

Derek
Cor 12 Belgium
22 Oct 2010 10:16AM
Lovely and colourful landscape +++++
cor

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