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Slaters bridge

By Bigpoolman
Finally got here with my camera. Arguably one of the nicest valleys in the Lakes and well worth the walk. I just wanted to capture this lovely bridge in its setting.
Tilt shift lens with a little stopper to give a slow enough shutter speed to partially blur the water. Edited in LR and PS.

Comments appreciated as always.



Tags: Autumn Lakes Langdales Slatersbridge Landscape and travel 2017

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dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
11 Oct 2017 8:33PM
I like this one Tim, and it's one of those shots that says 'the Lakes', subtly different to other upland areas of the UK. Or maybe I've just got very familiar with it over the last 20 years or so of visiting!

There is some lovley light on it. Even midday in October the sun is low, and given the vagaries and fleeting glimpses of the light I won't suggest waiting till 3 pm for a lower angle (it may have gone below the fells by then anyway). Or you could wait, and partake a little loccally brewed Lakeland refreshment...

However, the image looks a little cool (though maybe quite accurate) but many landscapes look more appealing with a warmer tone so I adjusted the colour balance. That's one reason many photogrphers in the days of film would fit a pale brown warming filterfor such shots.

I then looked at the foreground.
You've made good use of those rocks and the water swirling around them. However, that one rock centre bottom started to niggle me and I ws going to suggest moving a tad closer but then decided that a crop resulting in a narrower image works very well. Sometimes we can be slaves to the original aspect ratio.

Some people don't like very blurred water and I think here you've got a nice balance between showing some movement and retaining some structure to the water.

I hope your feet didn't get too wet!
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
11 Oct 2017 9:48PM
Really nice, well done
11 Oct 2017 10:21PM
Thanks Keith/Willie.

I like your mods, the rock annoys me as well (well now that I've seen it anyway!) so I have cropped it out and I have also cropped the right hand side and think that also looks better with the bridge larger in the frame (see mod 3). Warming it further also helps so thanks for that.



dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
11 Oct 2017 10:23PM
I like your mod Tim.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2017 8:50AM
My main feeling here is that I definitely want to rotate a bit clockwise. I'm not sure if it is actually not straight, it may be a trick of the angle of the land and the curve of the river, but I think it would look more stable rotated!

I would also like to crop a slice off the bottom, I find that those two arcs of soft water at the bottom draw my eye downwards - the composition works from the rocks upwards.

12 Oct 2017 9:14AM
Thanks Moira. I'm pretty sure it was level but now that you've pointed it out I can see exactly what you mean. Take the point about the swirl of water as well. I will have a go when I get back, think I will still crop the right hand side a tad (as in mod 3) as I like the bridge larger in the frame.


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
12 Oct 2017 9:57AM
The tilt (and it was my first though, after 'I want to vote for this!') is, I think, the manifestation of diverging verticals because hte camera was tilted downwards. I used Skew (mainly on the left, a little on the right) and I think that's sorted it.

I like the swirls at the bottom, but they are annoyingly cut off by the frame: half a step back, or a 20mm lens?

I hope a little cropping at each side allows them to be echoes of shapes higher in the frame.
12 Oct 2017 6:20PM
Thanks John. Right - after some more reinventing of the natural world I have added a third mod which I hope captures the comments above. I have warped the frame to get rid of the offering rock but also to move the swirls towards the corners.

Think that looks ok now but..... you guys might tell me differently.

Thanks again for your comments.



pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2218 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2017 6:36PM
This is a very attractive scene, Tim.

Your last modification is great, and it's amazing what a difference a few tweaks can make.
I particularly like the bridge having more prominence, and the foreground water being filled with rocks.
The bridge remains offset in the frame, and the eye still follows the water through and under it.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1848 England
12 Oct 2017 8:56PM
That does indeed look OK.

A bit more wading, a few more shots form different positions. As they say on CSI - 'Work the scene!'

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