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Swans on Lochmaben.

By Mike43
Was after a bright, rich colorful sort of english summers day, did I get it??, and not sure about the Swans or the blue buoy opinions always welcome.
Mike.

Tags: Landscape travel Landscape and travel

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Nigeve1 8 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2014 7:10PM
A great image in my opinion, Mike. I love the cloud effect and the light in the distance, I like the swans randomly in the water creating some interest in the mid ground and think the image would be not so good without them. The blue buoy on the other hand I would clone out as it does draw the eye.
Nigel
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
17 Jun 2014 8:21PM
Good depth in this image, from that use of vegetation in the foreground, the swans in the middle distance and shoreline in the distance.
it would look quite bland without the swans in frame as there would be little strong interest past the foreground.

Definitely get rid of the buoy. A slight movement of the camera at the taking stage would have been best if you'd noticed at the time. However, not a problem to clone it out, but as an alternative I've tried a crop with a squarish format. This made the swans evenly distributed across the frame and made the white cloud symmetrical.
Talking of which, beign picky, more blue sky with smaller white clouds would have been nice but you've no control over that!

Keith
Mike43 10 309 21 England
18 Jun 2014 12:10PM
Hi Keith.
Yes I think you are right SQ Format is the better option, thanks for your comments.
Mike.


Quote:Good depth in this image, from that use of vegetation in the foreground, the swans in the middle distance and shoreline in the distance.
it would look quite bland without the swans in frame as there would be little strong interest past the foreground.

Definitely get rid of the buoy. A slight movement of the camera at the taking stage would have been best if you'd noticed at the time. However, not a problem to clone it out, but as an alternative I've tried a crop with a squarish format. This made the swans evenly distributed across the frame and made the white cloud symmetrical.
Talking of which, beign picky, more blue sky with smaller white clouds would have been nice but you've no control over that!

Keith

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2239 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 5:03PM
I think you achieved your goal with the bright summer day, Mike, with the trees looking lush and green, and the water an attractive blue. It's also a tranquil scene, with the swans looking very relaxed together. The pair of swans on the lake where I used to live would never allow any other swan to invade their territory.

Yes, the buoy needs to go, but the swans are an important part of the scene, the main characters for me.
When you say you're not sure about the swans, I'm don't think you are asking if they should stay or goSmile. Perhaps you mean their placement.

My first impression was that there were things at either side which were too near to the frame edges - the buoy and a swan. It would have been a simple move to shoot more to the left to avoid the buoy, and there would still have been plenty of space between the far right swan and the frame edge.
If you want to keep the same size as you have here, then I would suggest cloning out the buoy and the swan on the far left, to give a bit of space to the left of that group there, leaving 5 instead of 6.

What I have done in my modification was originally an attempt to show a square format (Keith's modification is not square, he does say "squarish"), but it wasn't going to work, so I have left the two main swan groups and cloned out one that was still remaining on the left side. I think this contains the swans better within the frame and gives them more prominence.

Pamela.
Mike43 10 309 21 England
19 Jun 2014 7:22AM
Hi Pamela.
Yes it was the positioning of the swans, as with Keith I think you right the SQ format is the way to go.
Thanks for the mod and comments.
Mike.




Quote:I think you achieved your goal with the bright summer day, Mike, with the trees looking lush and green, and the water an attractive blue. It's also a tranquil scene, with the swans looking very relaxed together. The pair of swans on the lake where I used to live would never allow any other swan to invade their territory.

Yes, the buoy needs to go, but the swans are an important part of the scene, the main characters for me.
When you say you're not sure about the swans, I'm don't think you are asking if they should stay or goSmile. Perhaps you mean their placement.

My first impression was that there were things at either side which were too near to the frame edges - the buoy and a swan. It would have been a simple move to shoot more to the left to avoid the buoy, and there would still have been plenty of space between the far right swan and the frame edge.
If you want to keep the same size as you have here, then I would suggest cloning out the buoy and the swan on the far left, to give a bit of space to the left of that group there, leaving 5 instead of 6.

What I have done in my modification was originally an attempt to show a square format (Keith's modification is not square, he does say "squarish"), but it wasn't going to work, so I have left the two main swan groups and cloned out one that was still remaining on the left side. I think this contains the swans better within the frame and gives them more prominence.

Pamela.


Quote:I think you achieved your goal with the bright summer day, Mike, with the trees looking lush and green, and the water an attractive blue. It's also a tranquil scene, with the swans looking very relaxed together. The pair of swans on the lake where I used to live would never allow any other swan to invade their territory.

Yes, the buoy needs to go, but the swans are an important part of the scene, the main characters for me.
When you say you're not sure about the swans, I'm don't think you are asking if they should stay or goSmile. Perhaps you mean their placement.

My first impression was that there were things at either side which were too near to the frame edges - the buoy and a swan. It would have been a simple move to shoot more to the left to avoid the buoy, and there would still have been plenty of space between the far right swan and the frame edge.
If you want to keep the same size as you have here, then I would suggest cloning out the buoy and the swan on the far left, to give a bit of space to the left of that group there, leaving 5 instead of 6.

What I have done in my modification was originally an attempt to show a square format (Keith's modification is not square, he does say "squarish"), but it wasn't going to work, so I have left the two main swan groups and cloned out one that was still remaining on the left side. I think this contains the swans better within the frame and gives them more prominence.

Pamela.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2014 8:40PM
I know you will take this as intended. The quality is as I expect from you, very good. The content is a bit ordinary. It is a fine general shot but, for me, just lacks that impact to make me look twice.

Paul

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