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Pontsticill Reservoir

By colym
My aim was to capture the reflections in the still water which was good luck because it does'n't happen that often in the Brecon Beacons also the colours at the time of year was also important for the shot ,a bonus was the cloud and blue sky reflection in the water

Tags: Landscape and travel Reflections lake water colors

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banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
29 Nov 2015 4:25PM
Its a nice shot. Not a lot in it, but a nice view as you intended.

It does benefit with a little more exposure in all apart from the sky; and making blacks = black improves both contrast and colour.

Mod has this done. I toned down the bright areas on the right of the tree; they are nice, but their position tends to draw the eye away from the main scene.


paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2015 5:38PM
Quite pleasant but, as Willie says, you are a bit short on blacks making for a slightly flat image. A touch more contrast and a little less tree. Crop the second trunk on the right.

For me, this screams for a focal point and that could be a figure, bottom left, looking out across the water.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 694 England
29 Nov 2015 6:34PM
Your original actually reminds me of the look of colour prints from the 1980s, a lower contrast and a warm tone which can be attractive in a scenic image.

Willie's mod has brought out the best here, contrast boosted and colour corrected and reminds me more of the look of a transparency film in comparison.

There's a lot of white sky here so I've gone for a more letterbox crop so the reflection occupies proportinally more image area.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
29 Nov 2015 6:54PM
Again, in my mind this look may be characteristic of the Forveon sensor... Gentle, like Agfachrome, instead of garish, like Velvia (my pet hate, that one, though almost every landscape tog loved it. Some still have stocks in their freezers...)

My thought is that a slightly tighter but lower composition, letting the tree meet the grass slope would be nice: before I looked at the other mods, I had already cropped at the top in much the same way as Keith has... sorry for the poor cloning to create land that's outside the frame, but i wanted to give the idea...

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