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Misty Morning

By WeeGeordieLass    
Traveling around the Isle of Man we came upon this picturesque little village.

There was a low mist hanging over the hills and I hope I've managed to capture the atmosphere.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

P.S. - Just noticed the dust bunnys after upload - I'll clone them out in my final version Tongue

Tags: General Mist Landscape and travel

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Tigger1 5 3 England
26 Jul 2013 9:05PM
Great capture. Like the greens of the field and the contrasting red of the phone box, wheelbarrow and woodwork on the building.

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26 Jul 2013 9:19PM
Hi Hanah,

Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't much sun that morning but soon realised that misty shots can be atmospheric so I went snapping away all round the village,

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
26 Jul 2013 9:57PM
As soon as I saw this in the galery I liked it,
I love the red phone box(not many of them left around here)The wheelbarrow looks great and so does that little window.
The building reminds me of the three little Pig's story.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 8:47AM
Nice image. The phone box makes it. OK, a bit of sun would give a sparkle to the mist, but this works pretty well. The dust bunnies you know of, but there are a few and they are showing at f11.

Try an exposure of a white card at f22. That will tell you how much dust you have. Dust is the single greatest enemy of the DSLR, and every camera will get some eventually. Take great care changing lenses. You trips abroad will not help, dusty surroundings, but keep the camera body dusted and change lenses with great care and rapidly.

I try and not even change lenses in wind or on beaches. I have the camera round my neck, the new lens in one hand, unlock the fitted lens, then in one motion, remove one and fit the other.

27 Jul 2013 9:04AM
Hi Netta,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm glad you like the shot. It was a quaint little village and there were a lot of pretty scenes like this.


Elaine Grin
27 Jul 2013 9:10AM
Hi Paul,

I agree the shot wouldn't be as nice without the phone box.

That's a good tip about changing lenses quickly. I'll try it next time. My camera needs a good clean, especially after India. I was thinking of sending it away to Nikon but I imagine that will be expensive.

Elaine Grin
ensign 10 212 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 2:14PM
I quite like the fact there is no sun, it gives a"feel" to the shot. The red phone box and woodwork on the building bring it together. Great image.
27 Jul 2013 2:42PM
Hi Bernard,

Thanks for your appraisal of the shot. It's great that you've said there's a "feel" to the image as this is what I hoped to achieve.

Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.


Elaine Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Jul 2013 4:06PM
Misty shots are nice. I like this one, - it suggests a remoteness, with the phone box being the only contact with the outside world.

When downloaded it appears to need a slight clockwise rotation, and though I know its hard to find a dependable vertical in this other than the phone box, the need to rotation is consistent no matter where I measure it, Its about 1 degree.

You might anticipate I would say the colours are over-saturated, and for me they are a little; the telephone box is slightly glowing. Ive loaded a mod that has a little more detail in the mist, - still plenty of mist, colour and straightening.

I can see a couple of bunnies. When I returned from a trip to Havana. my camera was really bad with sensor dirt.

The best tip Ive had for minimizing this, - you cant completely avoid it, is, when you intend to change a lens, power off the camera, and wait one minute to allow the sensor to discharge, the switch with the camera facing down somewhat. This means it much less likely to attract dirt if its present. Have the replacement ready to go on.

You certainly dont need to send the camera to Nikon for sensor cleaning. If your not comfortable doing it yourself, and dont have the cleaning kit, many reputable camera shops will do it for you, and the same day in most cases.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 4:55PM
I like this for the same reasons that you do, Elaine. Mist like that is a godsend, it adds so much atmosphere to an image. For me, it gives it a watercolour appearance.
I like the way the cottage door, window and wheelbarrow follow through the red of the telephone box, though somewhat less bright, but the connection is there, running across the frame. The dips in the roof are a nice feature and you have lots of strong texture too.
Despite the lack of sunshine, you have the cottage wall nice and bright.
Mike43 7 18 21 England
27 Jul 2013 6:22PM
I really like this sort of photograph, sort of capturing a lost time, exposure for me is spot on and the composition is near prefect, BUT I am sorry to say my eyes are drawn to the new wooden building though the Telephone Box.
If you can forget about that building then you have a great photo.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
27 Jul 2013 7:40PM
Elaine. Camera cleaning.
take the camera into ATM in Old Eldon Square Newcastle but not on a Monday as they are closed. Possibly phone them first to see how much.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 8:44PM
Super image, excellent composition. As Mike says a real timeless reassuring feel to it.
Buy a loupe with a light and best quality swabs and fluid to suit you sensor size. Dead easy to do with mirror locked up for cleaning. This can be found in the Nikon menu. Be very gentle and not too much fluid on the swab. Lot of info on the net. These will cost you about 40 and do maybe 8 cleans, shop will charge you more for one,
27 Jul 2013 9:44PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod it looks great.

Also thanks for the tips on lens changing - I must admit I've not been careful enough and I get all "fingers and thumbs" when changing lenses - more practice needed Tongue

I'm glad you like the shot.


Elaine Grin
27 Jul 2013 9:54PM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for your great critique and highlighting the best elements of the image. Analysis like yours is very helpful.


Elaine Grin
27 Jul 2013 9:58PM
Hi Michael,

I agree that the building behind the phone box is distracting. I'll have a go at cloning it out - it'll have to just looks so out of place.

I'm pleased you like the shot. Thanks for your critique.


Elaine Grin
27 Jul 2013 10:05PM
Hi Danny,

Thanks for the tip on camera cleaning. I went to India in February and I can see the remnants of the constant dust while I was there in and around the switches/knobs etc on the camera body as well as the dust bunnies.


Elaine Grin
P.S. You've got a fab pf Grin
27 Jul 2013 10:11PM
Hi Ian,

Your tips on the cleaning are much appreciated, thanks for taking the time to help me. My camera needs a good clean after India.

I'm glad you like the shot and I love your description of "timeless" as that was what I had hoped to portray.

Thanks again

Elaine Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Jul 2013 11:33PM

A link on wet cleaning, - the best method. There veru useful information i this, in particular that fact that your NOT cleaning the actual sensor, but the low pass filter in front of the sensor, - its made of glass.

After you buy all you need, you will spend as much as you will on a cleaning. You will have enough for more cleanings of course, but you may not need another for a very long time.

You must be technically confident; not be afraid of doing it wrong; and have the tools needed to inspect and see dust, before and after.

If this is not you, get it cleaned.

With a person who knows what theyre doing, its a 15 minute job at the most, so it is easy when you know how.

Hope this helps guide you in the right direction.



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