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By digicammad  
The sun plays on Darling Fell and Low Fell overlooking Loweswater on a typical British Bank Holiday.

Used an ND4 grad to keep the sky down.

This was one of the few moments over the weekend that you could actually see the tops of the fells.

All critique welcomed as usual.


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: pacman, kitty83, n3xy and 28 more

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azulek 15
29 Aug 2005 11:29PM
Nice shot - I like it! Looks like an 18th century painting


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firzhugh 12 13 New Zealand
29 Aug 2005 11:32PM
beautiful composition, tones and atmosphere. like the moody sky
Keelo 14 18 Australia
29 Aug 2005 11:40PM
Great shot, it's got it all, mountains, nice light, big sky and foreground sheep. Click!
MoWiz 12 114 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2005 11:54PM
Love this, great sky, beautiful light on the hill, my only comment would be I would like to see something a little more intersting than grass in the immediate foreground, or possibly getting a little closer to the sheep may have helped.
Still a beautiful shot. ND grad has pulled the sky in beautifully
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 12:30AM
Thanks for the comments folks.

Mo, I sort of agree about the foreground. Unfortunately there wasn't anything but grass and I couldn't get any closer to the sheep. Framing them more closely would have lost some of the fells (I didn't want to just crop the bottom). I'm just going to have to start carrying a big rock around with me. :0)

conrad 13 10.9k 116
30 Aug 2005 12:46AM
Ha! I was about to agree with Mo, and then I read your reply, Ian - I can see exactly what you mean. I recently had someone comment on a shot of an empty museum room that I should have placed a chair in it - like I carry those around with me in my photo bag! LOL!

Oh, right, back to the picture. I can see the foreground dilemma. And I think you made the best of what you had - it certainly works for me!


digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 12:50AM
Cheers Conrad. Maybe I should have carried a chair for the foreground. :0) That would have made quite a surreal shot.

MoWiz 12 114 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 1:19AM
Tree stumps are lighter than rocks Tongue
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 1:42AM
lol Mo. I promise next time I'll try harder. Grin
arnieg Plus
13 704 England
30 Aug 2005 2:45AM
excellent landscape shows loweswater as it looks in these cloudy conditions

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 3:07AM
Cheers Arnie
debster 13 693 3 England
30 Aug 2005 4:39AM
This is just beautiful - I think I prefer seeing shots of the Lakes with dramatic skies.

I'm also SO envious - whilst on holiday last week, we drove up to spend one day at the Lakes (last Tuesday) - the minute we arrived it started raining - I believe it stopped several hours later as we left Sad

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 4:44AM
I know the feeling Debbie. After many years of going to the Lakes I'm used to it but it's still frustrating when the day you have to pack up and leave is the clearest of your stay.

Glad you like the shot.

artyshock 12 9
30 Aug 2005 5:10AM
I like this, the composition, I thank you, Arty
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 5:12AM
Cheers Arty
30 Aug 2005 6:02AM
Very nice landscape and light, Ian. Click
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 6:02AM
Cheers Jules
csurry 15 9.2k 92
30 Aug 2005 6:22AM
I did look at this earlier and I like 90% of it (does look slightly dark) but the big dark blob of a tree on the right just annoys me. It doesn't look quite so dark on the larger version, so maybe it's just me.

Going to the Lakes in a couple of weeks time, will try and drown myself for you. Don't go expecting landscapes from me though. Hopefully gonna get some wildlife (of the animal variety).
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
30 Aug 2005 6:41AM
Lovely colours in this, Ian. I like the light on the hills in the distance.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 6:43AM
Thanks for the comments. Cheryl, on my home monitor that blob does actually look like a tree (mind you it's a couple of months since I calibrated it).

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 6:57AM
Cheers for the mod Cheryl. I'll take another look at the shot this evening.
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
30 Aug 2005 7:05AM
Not half bad that Ian. I particularly like the cloud detail - a grad used well for it's correct purpose Wink

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 7:07AM
Cheers Kris. I'm starting to become more successful with the grads now, after months of leaving lines across the middle or burned out clouds. :0)
ChristineL 12 39 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2005 9:37PM
Beautiful scene, love the large version,
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 12:31AM
Thanks Chris
daringdaphne 13 82 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 2:03PM
Wow: this is so good it hurts.

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 12:53AM
Cheers Daphne
PeterLondon 13 366
1 Sep 2005 4:04AM
Ian I read your comment on my Dart Valley picture.

One very simple technique for lightening foregrounds or darkening skies is as follows:

In PS create a new layer, select mode soft light and tick the box "fill with soft light neutral colour 50% grey".

Ensure the new layer is the active layer and set your colour pallet to black. Pick a large 150-200 pixel soft brush with opacity set to 10-12%.

Now start painting the areas you want to be darker.

Do the same again for areas you want to be lighter with the colour pallet set on white.

When you have finished merge the layers.

Very simple but very effective!
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 4:14AM
Cheers Peter, I'll have a bash on a suitable photo.
Bluke 12 303 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 6:45AM
lovely landscape ,,, great cloud formation ..
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2005 6:50AM
Thanks Babs
User_Removed 12 279
2 Sep 2005 2:33PM
Nearly missed this Ian. Looks 3D on my big screen (my laptop doesn't do it justice).
Excellent. Best wishes, Simon
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2005 2:55PM
Cheers again Simon.
zippie 13 1.3k England
7 Sep 2005 2:24PM
Beautiful landscape Ian, and the grads seem to have worked a treat.


digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2005 11:17PM
Cheers Andy
dhole 14
22 Nov 2005 11:55PM
Just a thought but try cropping from the right by the edge of the lake across to the left (binning the sheep)so that you emphasise the light on those mountains ..which is just perfect...just a thought..nice capture though

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2005 12:17AM
Cheers Dave. That crop seems to work pretty well thanks.

pacman 14 29 Ireland
13 Dec 2005 4:33AM
excellent shot, great portfolio, really enjoy looking at it
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2005 4:35AM
Thanks Paul
dhough 11 30
5 Jan 2006 3:19AM
I like the light on the hills on this one, glad I clicked the 1000px version.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2006 3:22AM
Thanks Dave and thanks for number 30. :0)


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