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Nature Collage

By netta1234
Went up to Rhiw on my bike,and when I said up ,it;s the worst hill around here on a bike,looking towards Garnfadryn and noticed all the different colour and shades on the fields.Some of you might say that I should have cropped the right hand corner,but I like'd it as it was another shade of green.What do you think?Another place to put on your visit list if you are coming on your holidays.The road going along is the main road to Aberdaron,the village right at the tip of the peninsula.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
13 Jul 2012 6:45AM
It looks a beautiful area. Might be an idea to up the contrast a smidge as it looks a little hazy.


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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 6:51AM
well worth the effort to get there netta what a brilliant view a cracker nice one Wink
MoragM 7 1 Scotland
13 Jul 2012 6:54AM
What a super view Netta - well worth the uphill effort - I like the bit of corner foreground,
think it anchors the shot.

13 Jul 2012 8:23AM
What a wonderful patchwork quilt that nature created itself!Smile I really like it!
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 9:22AM
Hi Netta, when you came across this vista it must have looked fantastic, many times though, what we see never translates into the same thing once we photograph it and this is such a case I would guess.

Your vista is, as others have commented, rather flat and featureless with the greens merging. Your brightest bit is in the bottom RH corner and your main peak is slap bang in the centre of your picture.

The aspect ratio I find odd, but I guess you did that in order to keep both the peak and the bright foreground within your frame. I don'k know the limits of the lens you used but if you could have reduced the FL that was the way to go - you could probably maintain both in the frame with a wider vista. My main concern here is the lack of subject matter. What you have is a nice backdrop but something like a large white house, around a junction of thirds would help enormously.

When taking landscapes you would be better advised to use a smaller aperture than f5, go for f8 as a minimum and maybe f11 in order to both use a better section of your lens, (small apertures use the centre of lenses and therefore avoid the extremities where the optical problems occur) and also to get a greater depth of field (You would wish both the mountain and also the foreground to be in focus here).

I have uploaded a mod but I am afraid it doesn't quite appear like it did on my monitor, but does at least give a lift to the colours.

I hope this helps.


I have uploaded a mod to show the sort of contrast and texture I prefer, but I am afraid I have not included the white house.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 10:56AM
Patchworks of fields are lovely to look at Netta.
You've got a bundle of advice above tht should keep you busy.
Looking forward to more.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
13 Jul 2012 10:58AM
Hi Netta, as been said it is lacking bite, I have uploaded a mod with the composition changed and added contrast and selected sky and darkened, hope you approve.


gazlowe 6 8 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 11:41AM
Hi natta i agree with all above but would never comment in away like some have

achieverswales has it right just a little note. Not every one has photoshop you get my vote keep it up

Best Regards

13 Jul 2012 3:10PM
Netta, very good pov chosen. But the picture is a bit soft. You need to add a pinch of contrast either by using Levels or Curves. The sky can be darkened by using gradient tool or burn in tool. I am also uploading a mod. Deep
Tibetan 5 3 England
13 Jul 2012 4:20PM
If you tried to achieve softness then you achieved it very well, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
13 Jul 2012 4:41PM
Creoso Netta.

A bike ride, fresh air, nice scenery to photograph, what more could you ask for! How about less hazy conditions for this shot?

If you compare this one to your Pwlheli shot you can see this one lacks that nice contrast and deep colours of Pwlheli, and that entirely due to the different light, and especially the presence of haze higher up in the hills. Haze acts almost like a fine net curtain in front of the scene, but as Frank mentioned, your eyes can compensate to some extent for this and see a vivid scene, whereas the camera cant, unless the light is right.

With a DSLR you can use a polarizer filter to help, but with a compact, if you want to get more contrast and colour you have to do this is post processing. All our comments are based on Photoshop, however as Garry mentions not everyone has Photoshop, which is why we ask when uploading to tell us what software you use so we can tailor the feedback.

Heres a useful list for anyone that does not have a copy of any version of Photoshop:

The mods focus on improving contrast and colour, and mine does also, so depending on which software you have, they all can work with colour and contrast. The term flat is the one used most often to describe a shot lacking contrast.

For Garry, - Frank is taking a purely technical approach, and for most people this is quite OK; Trevs comment appears different as he simply agrees with what Frank has said, and adds a little!

Hope this is helpful,


Wendyp 5 England
13 Jul 2012 6:22PM
A lovely countryside view and so peaceful.

LexEquine 11 19 United States
13 Jul 2012 7:21PM
'Superlative {A++++} & really Lovely color Scenic Image rendition' ~ Peter Smile
SosFM 9 85 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2012 1:07PM
I kinda see what you are trying to achieve I think but personally a longer focal length lens to flatten the perspective and get a narrower field of view to only concentrate on your patchwork subject would have done it for me. I agree with everyone else more ccontrast, brightness and saturation as well.


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