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On my Doorstep

By Nick_w      
Well back from holidays. So I will be seeing whats you have all been doing whilst I've been away. The first time out with a camera in a month last night felt a bit strange!

Part of the Critique Buddie challenge, taken last night 100 yards from my front door - so I hope its close enough Wink

I promised myself NO STRAW BALES but when I saw these pyramid shaped ones, I thought well at least its not round!

As its a bit too close to what I normally do I thought I'd give it a twist and introduce a touch of off camera flash (1/64 power on SB900) roughly head hight 2 metres from the bales).

Well let me know what you think. There is something that I have not changed that I normally would so see if you can spot it !

Tags: General Landscape and travel Flash and lighting

Voters: Richsr, Trout_Man, angej and 45 more

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Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
21 Aug 2009 9:07AM
A nice composition and image, seems a little dark on my monitor !

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
21 Aug 2009 9:07AM
Like the use of the flash Nick - good details and tones too.
Regards Richard.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
21 Aug 2009 9:26AM
A beautifully framed study, Nick.

I think that the foreground could stand to be lightened a little to help emphasize the depth in the shot.

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
21 Aug 2009 9:43AM
mmm on my work laptop I agree Bill & Geoff, but on the PC it looks OK (work laptop isn't calibrated) I will check the profile on the home PC tonight, I would appreciate any comments on the light / darkness - It does benifit from looking at the larger version. But please bare in mind I did purposly process it on the dark side as I was after a Chiarascuru effect (hence the reason for using flash), so I was trying to get the main straw stack perfectly exposed but letting the remainder of the scene fade away.
21 Aug 2009 10:34AM
Very rare sight these days, it's long-stalk straw grown especially for thatching. Lovely photo beautifully framed. Linda.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 10:38AM
very nice tones and comp
21 Aug 2009 11:04AM
lovely shot Nick, great composition and sense of space. well taken.
21 Aug 2009 11:17AM
Good shot.
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 3:37PM
What a super find a non round straw bale, these are so much more interesting.

The flash has worked well to bring out the FG detail
JOKEN 9 3 10 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 5:34PM
Good old fashioned Stooks of straw, very well captured.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
21 Aug 2009 6:41PM
Thanks everyone, well you learn something everyday I didn't know they were called Stooks, nor for thatching - I don't think there is any thatched buildings for miles so just goes to show!
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 8:44PM
A nice splash of flash Nick.

JasperD 11 Switzerland
22 Aug 2009 9:07AM
Id have removed the, uhm, what is it, toad, leave, dont know what in the bottom left corner, it disturbs the pretty alignment. Wink
That said only because were asked to find something wrong, otherwise its a beautiful shot!
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
22 Aug 2009 8:45PM
its a different take on the straw bale, like it.lesley
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
24 Aug 2009 2:43PM
I like this shot, the only downside I can see is it seems to slant a little left to right.

v8dunc 11 333 4 Scotland
26 Aug 2009 6:01PM
Hi Nick.
For crit buddies,The straw bale in the foreground is nicely detailed and well positioned,but using the flash has left the rest of the ground especially the right side dark .i like the sky and the composition of the trees,but the trees being silloueted and the foreground lit seems to clash for me.
Cheers Duncan
rowarrior 10 4.4k 9 Scotland
1 Sep 2009 8:21PM
Oops, sorry I was running late on the ones posted after me!

I like the idea of using the flash, but like the others have said the right hand side of the field has come out quite dark. The light also doesn't seem to quite match the way the clouds are lit by the setting (?) sun behind you, and therefor the direction the straw would be lit by it.

Still, it was a nice composition, and well done for leaving your comfort zone!

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