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Stuff in pond

By Bigpoolman
So it was a hazy day and distance shots weren't going to work so needed to try something different.
Totally out of comfort zone with this sort of shot but If you don't try then ....

I liked the curve of the grasses so using my telephoto to zoom in, I positioned the curve to run from bottom left corner to top right.

I've removed a bit of the clutter in PS and put a vignette on in LR.

I am not sure what I think of it, I like aspects of it but its still somewhat cluttered and I couldn't find a better pattern to shoot. .

Very interested in reaction, does any of it work.

Thanks for looking


Tags: Spring Lakes Watendlath Landscape and travel 2017

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15 Mar 2017 1:40AM
I think the composition works....i like the stillness of this photo. Not sure it needed the vignette. Could the photo have moved a little counterclockwise?

15 Mar 2017 7:35AM
Thanks Peter, I will have a look when I get back. Do you mean so that the grasses on the bottom left go either side of the corner?

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
15 Mar 2017 11:25AM
My take on this is that the reflections aren't stright, and I want to rotate a degree or two clockwise...

Great idea, and almost works - if you can add the sort of compositional integrity that your rocks/water upload had, it will be a brilliant shot.

My mod rotates and skews things. I've ended up with a different format, but I think I've removed the stuff causing me unease.

The vignette - maybe, maybe not. I might use the burn tool around the edges instead...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2017 1:04PM
I like this. Is anyone else seeing eyes in the surface tension around the stems?? (Time for those nice white men in their clean white coats I suspect...)

It's better in John's lighter modification, there's a better sense of reflected light which balances the depth of the dark water.

My main regret is that those two reeds are cut off bottom left. They are so structurally important.

That can be tweaked...
16 Mar 2017 5:27PM
John, Moira

thank you for your comments and mods. I can see where you are both coming from and like the improvements.
I am pleased that the composition seems to have broadly worked, as it's not often I try and get creative (with good reason).
I did have the reeds fully within the frame but cropped the picture a. to get rid of a lot of clutter at the bottom and b to get more of a square frame.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
17 Mar 2017 8:58AM
It might be worth reworking this a time or two, then...
17 Mar 2017 9:47AM
I've had another go (see mod 3) with some further gardening in photoshop. Interesting experiment all round.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
18 Mar 2017 8:45AM
Now, if you reposted that, I think there might be awards clustering around...

Really impressive.
18 Mar 2017 8:57AM
Thank you John, might do so later when I get back. I don't generally bother much with likes and stuff its the helpful critique that I find most useful, especially where I am very much in experimental mode like this one.


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