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The Blue Lagoon

By TanyaH
I'm undecided about this at the moment, but I'm not entirely sure why. I used it as an experiment in layering for blending two exposures, and a bit of dodging and burning. I used the foreground of one image, and the sky from another (taken on a tripod with bracketed exposures).

While I do like the overall image, I think there's something lacking, but can't figure what ... *shrug* ... I did use an ND grad filter though, and remote release.

One thing I found pretty hard to do was focus correctly with the fading light, so whether that's what lacking, I don't know. I'd appreciate your thoughts Smile

Tags: Sky Blue Digital manipulation Lagoon Layers Reeds Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Morpyre Plus
11 1.6k 8 Wales
20 Jul 2014 11:29AM
it looks absolutely stunning and even though 2 pictures blended, done so well it is perfectly convincing as one single shot. great colours to Grin

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debu 6 India
20 Jul 2014 11:45AM
A nice scene.
debu
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 56 13 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2014 12:26PM
Excellent image, great sky, but I can see where you are comeing from, the reeds either side of the image lead the eye into the image but to what? a fisherman in a boat prehaps?

Just my thoughts.

Cliff
Source 6
20 Jul 2014 11:36PM
Beautiful
- source
TanyaH Plus
13 1.3k 362 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2014 9:49AM
Hmm ... looking at this now on a different monitor, the greens of the foreground reeds look way overcooked compared to my monitor at home - maybe I shouldn't have dodged them quite so much and left the vibrancy slider alone Grin (time for a new monitor, methinks?!).

Cliff - I completely agree with you about the eye needing to lead to ... something ... so thank you for that thought Smile And thanks also to those who have voted on this - my first 'proper' landscape for a long (very long) while, but hopefully it'll be the first of many to come. I've got a couple of others of this scene (different format) so may try a couple of things for practice and see how it goes.
21 Jul 2014 10:31PM
I really like the composition, and I don't mind the greens being a bit overcooked.
The only problem for me is that the sky and the reflection don't match, the colours are different... it looks wrong.
Also ( but less importantly, nitpicking really Smile ) the sky is a bit too dark,
strictly speaking it should always be lighter than its reflection in water.


Alan
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2014 10:52PM
Looks pretty good to me
Jason
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 8:07AM
Lovely peaceful scene, beautiful colours.
TanyaH Plus
13 1.3k 362 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 9:47AM

Quote:The only problem for me is that the sky and the reflection don't match, the colours are different... it looks wrong. Also ( but less importantly, nitpicking really Smile ) the sky is a bit too dark, strictly speaking it should always be lighter than its reflection in water.
Alan



Thanks Alan, those are actually very valid points and I completely agree with them now that I've relooked at the image with that in mind. Maybe that's what was off for me; so thanks for pinpointing this, it's really helped.

Smile
25 Mar 2015 12:24AM
lovely capture..

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