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Reflection on the lagoon

By condaoultzis  
Visiting a Ramsar protected area (about 40 km away from Patras, Greece where I live) with a pristine pine forest and a lagoon, I was impressed by the reflection of the nearby mountain onto the water of the lagoon. The light was really nice and the symmetry created by the reflection unique!

Tags: Nature Reflection Mountain Landscape and travel Clear sky

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
14 Feb 2020 10:21PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Costas. You've been a member of the site for several years, but htis is yrou first upload here.

The more you tell us about what you intended, the more we can help you: are you happy with the result? Is there anything that you'd hoped would be different?

For me, the one thing I'd really like to see different is to have a dominant subject somewhere in the frame. As it stands, I feel as though I'm watching the stage at a theatre just before the play begins...

Looking very closely, I'm a little disturbed that I can't see reflections of one or two features along hte hsoreline, such as hte hcurch on the right. I wonder why?

The light is, as you say, beautiful.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
15 Feb 2020 5:48AM
There is that small building in the distance, but ts too far away to be a feature.

The reflection is indeed nice. the overall image appears a little low in contrast, perhaps because of the time of day, and in sunshine, Auto White Balance can tend to have a slightly blue tone.

The mod has a warmer tone, contrast improved and slightly sharper. Ive cropped a little space off the top to try to give both halves equal space.


Robert51 11 7 97 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2020 7:41AM
I like the image and the way you have made the reflection the main subject and also the lead into the image.

The mod is a simple curves S curve, then a little dodge and burn. Last playing with the colour balance in the highlights, midtones and shadows.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2172 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2020 7:44AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery from me too, I hope you'll enjoy it here!

Three points:

Quote:Looking very closely, I'm a little disturbed that I can't see reflections of one or two features along the shoreline, such as the church on the right. I wonder why?

Looking closely, the top of the church's roof is there in the reflection. It's the fact that the building is low and a little way from the shoreline that makes it partially concealed in the reflection.

My concern here is the lack of a focal point. It's the sort of view that looks great when you are there, taking it in with a 360 degree view, the feel of the breeze, the sky moving overhead. Translating that into a composition is much harder. The viewer needs a route to follow into the image and a destination.

The foreground reflections are good, but marred by all the messy scrub above. The real picture I think was to be had with a longer focal length, pointing to the right here - the church balanced by the headland appearing to the right. I shall try to demonstrate in a modification.

And finally, bright light bouncing off water will trick the camera into underexposing - a small plus exposure compensation would have helped here.
Edit - very quick modification prepared, you'll find it under the blue Modifications button. I tried to replicate very roughly a stronger composition that I see in this scene. A bit of added brightness and a Levels adjustment moving the two outer sliders inward to boost tonal range.
15 Feb 2020 9:00AM
Thank you all for your really helpful comments!
chase Plus
14 1.5k 329 England
15 Feb 2020 3:04PM
Welcome Costas,
I like your reflections,but not too sure about your viewpoint. Maybe a few steps to your left would have improved that and really demonstrated the nice curve of the water towards the top of the frame.
I would have liked to have seen that pretty little church a little bigger in the frame, it looks interesting but is so far away.
I do like Willies' mod, the extra bit of colour and detail helps this image so much.
15 Feb 2020 10:55PM
Hello Costas!
I would love that the little church was a little closer. But Willie's mod, make it a bit clearer.
My advise is to use manual focus on motives like reflections. Easy to get a photo a bit out of focus on mirror like this. Or manualy set a focus point.
Something in the forground would have been nice. Even if it was just some grass.
A very beautiful place, and i really understand that you will take a photo here.


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