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By Madoldie
This was taken yesterday evening while staying at the Jamaica inn, on Bodmin moor. We had gone for a walk after something to eat and we found these gorse bushes that had been burnt and standing in the middle was this post.

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paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2017 6:12PM
You have done everything right. Composition follows the rules and you have a record of what you saw. For what purpose would you then use the image? Does it have impact for a third party viewer? Is there a story?

So, it does what you want, I would think. A record of what you saw at that time as I've said.

pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2263 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2017 7:28PM
What a pity you didn't record the burning itself, Mat. When I lived in the New Forest they burnt the gorse every year to reinvigorate the area’s heathland habitats for wildlife. Even the smoke can make a dramatic image, with the men controlling the burning.

So, there IS a story here, but it's not an easy story to convey because the ground is simply burnt, and this is the aftermath. However, I like your sky, and you found a focal point (the post) amongst the debris.

I have done a modification in an effort to give the post more presence.
I cropped to place it on a thirds line, and to put the horizon on a thirds line as well.
I appreciate that I have removed quite a bit of the burnt gorse, but what is left, the sky and post, are more interesting.
I brightened the image to bring out the texture of the post, lifted shadows to lighten the burnt ground, increased the saturation to give the ground a bit more interest and bring out the green of the lichen on the post. I also sharpened the image.

Madoldie 8 586 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2017 7:50PM
I would have love to be there when they were burning Pamela, the photographic opportunities would have been outstanding , Paul this photograph is about just documenting what I saw when I was out walking on the moors, something has happened here long before I walked the road. I just happened to be there at this moment that I photographed, a moment caught in time, my time and no one else's, maybe there's a story, I don't know that's down to the person looking at the photograph and there interpretation. I just like it.
All the best,
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
30 Apr 2017 7:23AM
There's a lot to like about this picture, including the needle sharp focus on the post and the gentle fall-off beyond.

I'm going to stick to a glaring technical problem. This is something like three stops underexposed, as your original version shows. I think that this is because you were using shutter priority and quite a low ISO in poor light. So the camera open to the aperture right up to maximum, and couldn't go any further. Whatever mode you use, you need to keep an eye on the other exposure parameters. If you used aperture priority, as I do, you need to watch for the shutter speed dropping so that you get a camera shake or subject movement. With shutter priority need to watch out for under exposure or possibly over exposure.

And, when the light levels are low you need to be ready to raise the ISO.

Photographs can do various things. They can pass on important information: they can free use of beautiful moment in time. I'm not sure that there has to be a story, because many things in life don't tell you their story.
Madoldie 8 586 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2017 8:38PM
Thanks dudler, when you've been using you're camera in one mode for a long time it can take a little time to adjust to what the camera can do in other modes, but the beauty of photography is that you are always learning.
All the best ,

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