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Loch Leven Reflections

By braddy  
Loch Leven, Scotland with the Pap of Glencoe in the background.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2010 8:29PM
Nicely done with good composition and exposure. The reflections work a treat and the central composition for the horizon line makes the most of them. It would be interesting to see a cropped version of the image as I have a feeling that losing a cm from the top and bottom would make the image stronger, but this could just be be me being used the slightly different dimensions of a full frame sensor - and so should be taken with a healthly pinch of salt.

I don't know what was to the left or right of you, but a pano may have worked wonderfully here too - making more of that light on the hills. That said this is no criticism as the shot works well as is - I offer the comment purely as a suggestion.


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vandalp 10
2 Oct 2010 8:42PM
Stunning shot Paul.
SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
2 Oct 2010 8:50PM
Beautiful composition, and the combination of the bright blue skies with the fabulous reflections is spot on. The island looks slightly overexposed and could do with a bit of selective processing, but that might just be me.

Nevertheless, this is a really special image.

braddy 8 27 Scotland
2 Oct 2010 9:21PM
Hi Sherlob,
Thanks for the comments. I do have a crop as you suggest already, plus another wider shot taken a few moments after this one, but the lighting just wasn't as eye-opening as it was for this shot.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2010 9:58PM
it is indeed a beautiful landscape and reflection and serves well to illustrate that its not necessary for all landscapes to be shot in sunrise and setting conditions as seems to be the way of recent years.

compositionally the horizontal scan line is gorgeously constructed but for my taste the image is split a little too centrally on the vertical axis, i know its hard not to split on the centre line but i think it needs a crop top or bottom it dosnt matter which to restore the balance. as suggested above a pano would work well too.

the only real issue is the colour which i feel looks slightly oversaturated, this has pushed the blues towards cyan and taken away the natural tones of the sky and water, the hills are well saturated but it dosnt really matter there, its the blues that shout at me.

of course this is easy to correct in hue and saturation and othrwise its a lovely shot.
Jimbotha 10 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2010 2:45AM
Apart from the horison in the middle, this is really a nice pic, the smooth water is hard to find.
watters66 14 75 Scotland
3 Oct 2010 7:32AM
Lovely shot, stood in that spot myself and didn't get anything as remotely good as this.
Excellent reflection and I like the comp.
Well done,
3 Oct 2010 7:36AM
Beautiful capture!
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2010 9:06AM
In the mod I reduced the saturation of the blue and cyan colours then used a contrast mask to open up some of the shadows. I also changed the colour balance a touch.

I cloned out a couple of bits in the water.

I used some dodging and burning to help with the light and a very slight sharpening to finish with.

I think the composition and lighting are fine but the over-saturation has been detrimental to the tones in the sky.

Overall a fine image that needs a bit of tweaking to bring out its best qualities.

My first mod didn't up-load properly so ignore itSmile

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2010 2:56PM
Wonderful reflections, here, and a beautiful scene.

The composition doesn't quite work for me which is, I think, because the group of trees is too central in the frame, both horizontally and vertically. Positioning the horizon centrally often works really well for reflection shots, exploiting the natural symmetry. My first instinct was to crop from the right to move the trees off-centre but that felt rather unbalanced because all the 'weight' is on the left. So, I pushed the horizon off-centre, too.

There seems to be a white-balance problem, which is often the cause of the very cyan sky seen here. From the long shadows, and brilliant, glowing oranges, I'm guessing this was taken rather late in the day but the camera's auto-white blance has tried to correct the colour of the light back to normal daylight. The strong blue tones of the mountains also suggests the same thing. For my mod, I've adjusted the white balance quite a long way. That might not recreate the conditions at the time you shot but I think it looks more natural.

By the way, I'm not sure what Adam (sherlob) means about the 'different dimensions of a full-frame sensor': all Canon and Nikon DSLRs, full-frame or not, use the same 3:2 aspect ratio. The only effect of the smaller sensor is that you're 'zooming in' on the centre of the image.
chensuriashi Plus
11 279 17 England
26 Oct 2010 1:58AM
Hi I am astonished at your clarity here and the reflection...I also thought as above that the scene was not wide enough, so I widened it a little, then sharpened the trees, and balanced the reds on the left to the ones in the water, thanks for allowing the mod, great shot would get one of my awards. Chen.

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