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Slater Bridge

By geffers7  
This is the picturesque packhorse bridge in Little Langdale and a favourite spot of mine. The water was quite high so the usual fg rocks were sunmerged and I found it quite difficult to balance the fg which was in shade with the background in bright sunshine. Comments on that point are welcome .
Hope you like it.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: AnnChown, saeidNL, DeSilver and 26 more

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saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
17 Nov 2011 2:46PM
Beautiful image with superb detail and colours,

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
17 Nov 2011 4:27PM
Meant to comment earlier but got distracted: I don't find the darker f/g out of balances with band of grey cloud above the fell. The rushing waters carry the eye down to the bridge and the sunlit fellside. A very pleasing composition and distribution of light.
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 4:42PM
brilliant comp geoff super colours and detail a cracker nice one Wink
17 Nov 2011 5:13PM
Lovely image, great light on the b/g hills, nice one !
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 7:26PM
A lovely shot !!!....a favourite of mine too !!!

Don't know what programme you use ?....but try this :- Make a selection of the bottom half of the image, hit Ctrl + J to put it on a seperate layer, then
hit Ctrl + L for 'Levels' & drag the RH (hi-lights) slider to the left a bit, & drag the centre slider (mid-tones) to the right a bit......this should 'lift' the tones a
wee bit & add a touch of contrast & vibrancy to this area !.......the sliders can be further adjusted to suit !!.....flatten the layers & save the image !

You could use the 'Curves' command (if you have it) instead of 'Levels', or even after using Levels....depends on how far you want to take it ?

If your image was open to 'Mods.', I'd have had a go ????

Hope this helps....regards...Keith.
reaper4252 5 2 9 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2011 8:42PM
Excellent shot of a great place for me OK
geffers7 Plus
6 45 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 1:10PM
Thanks everyone - Keith - I did try a grad in Lightroom but I've used your suggestions in elements - what do you think?
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
18 Nov 2011 3:42PM
Good light and colours Geoff, version 2 has the better balance for me, and gives more impact too
Regards Richard
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 68 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 3:55PM
Yeerrrrss !!!....V2 looks spot on !!!.......the 'heavier' tones have both created a nice 'base' to the shot, & balanced the whole well as adding a bit more 'oomph' !!!!

Another way would be to create a new 'empty' Layer, then add a black grad to it from the bottom fading to zero at the bridge,
then set the blend-mode to 'Soft Light', & reduce the opacity to about 25%, & adjust from there...should have a very similar effect
to V2, but just another way of achieving it !!!!!

All good fun innit !!!!!!!

geffers7 Plus
6 45 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 5:33PM
Thanks Richard and Keith.
I'm trying to do most of my processing in Lightroom but heh seem to learn something new every day! Smile
reaper4252 5 2 9 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2011 8:10PM
Definite improvement in V2
Good work
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
19 Nov 2011 12:38AM
a lovely shot and I think I like it as it is. because there are two halves in it: the submerged riverbank which is wet and dark like my shoes would have been there (I bet) and water in is natural light has often softer tones!
and there is the blazing warm sunset. It is as if fire and water meet.

But of course, Keith's PS lesson is 100% correct and many will prefer v2.
Hoffy Plus
12 262 16 England
19 Nov 2011 8:27AM
I like V2 but I would not improve the bridge. Paul

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