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Loch Fyne

By Snowtime
ISO 100
1/13 Second
Circular Polariser
Minimal cropping & levels adjustments in PS Elements 7

Taken from the shore of Loch Fyne at Inverary one fine day back in August. Although it was the middle(ish) of the day, & therefore breaks the golden hour rules, I liked the sky at the time of taking this photograph.
As usual any critique that will help me improve is appreciated.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Davesumner 14 28 300 Australia
20 Dec 2010 1:44AM
Hi Jeremy,

And I must say, what a lovely sky it is too and thanks for the great description and camera details.

The shot is lovely and is exposed well considering the time of day. I must say about the light, there's nothing wrong with midday light as long as the sun isn't shining directly and overexposing parts of the scene. Here it has worked well probably because the sun was behind the clouds which is fine. You wouldn't get a sky like this if you waited for the golden hours so well done there.

You have a nice sharp image with great DoF but the first thing that hits me when I look at the image is the central horizon, it sort of divides the image into two halves. I think that you should consider cropping the bottom to make the a panoramic format as you are commenting on the sky and not the weeds in the water. If you really want to include the brown weeds as a foreground then you need a lower perspective to give you that horizon on the thirds line. Alternatively, find a bigger foreground object such as a rock or a tree stump.

With this image everything is in the middle upwards so I'd crop it.

Hope this helps

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2010 10:48AM
This is technically superb. Everything spot on. I'm not sure about the central everything composition though. Usually doesn't bother me much, but I think this is a bit too symmetrical. Dave's crop helps, but I would have put those central mountains on a right third too.

cassiecat 13 39 46 England
24 Dec 2010 11:59AM
youve got some good cloud interest, which the polariser has bought out the blue in the sky, and is is good bg interest and the mountains give good mid ground interest, but the water isnt strong enough for the fg interst. in my mod i've left less than a third water which i've selected and adjusted the levels on. the brightest clouds had alittle burn out which i tried to correct and then used the dodge tool on highlights to bring out alittle more of the highlight interest in the clouds. sometimes it can be hard to find good fg interst for the composition that you want, but you can chreat and look around in the near location and take a pic to use that fg in your final composition. the lighting needs to be the same for it to work though so should be facing the same way and taken as soon as possible in time to the remaining pic. i keep forgetting to do this. lesley

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