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Lough Tay

By Hilmar
Taken above Lough Tay, Wicklow, Ireland. I was trying to achieve a composition incorporating some foreground interest (the heather) and a focal point (the lake) being framed by the hills. Any advice welcome I uploaded another view of the lake as a modification.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
9 Sep 2012 7:26PM

Vertical evaluation: three parts foreground, two parts main theme, one part background.
Never seen book with a prologue bigger than the main theme. Normally leading lines point towards the direction you want the viewer to look at, your flowers are vertically positioned and they don't appear that clearly.

Let's try colours: Light colours one half bottom. darker colours one part top. We settle for a tie.

Moment shutter fired.... Not good. Your main theme area, hills around the lake are covered by clouds.Your foreground is strongly light and yellow-ish and your main area not sufficiently light. Did you check on the sky if the clouds were about to clear soon? Lighting is a very important element of photography. as composition of course, that is why I started my comment from it.

My original thought was to suggest you to kneel and shoot the flowers with a bigger aperture so it shows the background clearly. ISO selection was ok for the weather. But then you say you wanted to shoot the lake, so kneeling might costed you lots of the sight of the lake. A different viewpoint maybe? The trees further down could assist, or a horse or a cow as they would allow you to stay at that height and get so much of the lake again. Were there any around? Probably not. Stay healthy and they may be there next time.
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 431
9 Sep 2012 8:18PM
Nevertheless it is an idyllic picture that transcends your peacefulness or other traits of your character. I believe it is ourself we can portray in our pictures.
Hilmar 10 Ireland
9 Sep 2012 10:17PM
Hi Pablo

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate your advice.
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4334 Canada
12 Sep 2012 2:23AM
Take a look at my mod Hilda, especially on the right.

If you compare, you see the original is a little hazy there, whereas the mod isnt. That means the mod has more contrast. This is one benefit you can get by using a circular polarizer on your lens, - haze reduction, better colours etc, like wearing polarized glasses.

It can be fixed to some extent in post processing, however to be more helpful I need to know which software you use, and how comfortable with it.

Hope this helps,


Hilmar 10 Ireland
12 Sep 2012 11:00AM
Hi Willie

Thanks for your mods. I appreciate you taking the time. I can see a definite improvement in the contrast. As with the photography I am just getting to grips with Photoshop Elements 10.

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